KINGSWAY High School’s motto for this year is “The Green Ribbon of Excellence” and the aim is to have community involvement in the school. These are the words of the new principal, Sandra du Toit.“Who you are makes a difference. Any difference you make in the school and in the community will be recognised by Kingsway High. “I would therefore like to present a challenge to the community to get involved with our school and to be presented with this ribbon of excellence for their involvement, and making a difference.” Du Toit is the former principal of Port Natal School and after spending only a few minutes in her company, it is clear that excellence is her personal motto.“I believe in giving it my best every day and getting things right the first time. Never give up and always try one more time.”She was the first female principal at Port Natal after 70 years, and is now the first female principal at Kingsway after 61 years. “I came from an era in teaching where only men were in top management positions, and my appointment shows a woman’s value as a leader,” Du Toit said.The principal taught at Kingsway High from 2001 to 2011. “It was some of my happiest times in teaching and of my fondest memories,” she recalled. “Coming to Kingsway High is a wonderful opportunity and a promotion in my career in education, as Kingsway is a school with a higher grading. “The school numbered more than 1 000 pupils on day 10 of the new academic year, with a staff complement of 85,” she said. She paid tribute to former Kingsway High principal, Geoff Harrison, who taught her to be a skilled leader and to boldly take the opportunities that have arisen in her career. “I value and appreciate his guidance,“ she said. “My core business is to serve the Amanzimtoti community by creating a future for our children.“I came to Amanzimtoti in 1983 and have lived here ever since. If we do our job properly, each pupil will get an opportunity for the future,” Du Toit said.She said it is a pity so many children from our community attend schools in the city when we have great opportunities lo- cally. “It creates the belief that the South Coast is second best and this has an economical impact on the value of our properties. We would like to work with our councillor in order to take pride in our community, not be second best to the northern suburbs.“Kingsway High pupils did extremely well in the 2016 NSC and came fourth in the district.“I live to see the sun rise every day. I get emotional when it comes to values and high morals. I motivate my ‘children’, my pupils to improve every day, life is short,” Du Toit said.