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2019-06-26 06:01
Vice Headmistress Lizet van der Walt (middle) with pupils. photo: supplied

Vice Headmistress Lizet van der Walt (middle) with pupils. photo: supplied

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Lizet van der Walt has been appointed the new vice Headmistress of Wembley College and the Head of the Senior Primary School. She will also be creating a Music Department in the Cultural Centre and teaching business economics and music as a subject in the High School.

This busy lady is no stranger to Wembley, van der Walt started at Wembley in 1997 as part of the initial team of teachers who built the school up from grassroot level into the beautiful institute it is today. She is a talented teacher who created our evocative school song while teaching in the Junior and Senior Primary Phase.

On completing her BA English Honours, she went on to do an HDE, majoring in music and English. Her teaching career began at the Music centre in Klerksdorp, where she taught music theory and practical in the Senior Primary and High School. Her love for teaching continued at Barbeton Primary School until she moved to Greytown and began her career at Wembley.

In 2003, van der Walt seized the opportunity to become the headmistress of Kammaland School in Greytown.

She slowly built the school up and turned it into a brilliant centre of learning. During her time at Kammaland, she acquired degrees in law and commerce.

“Leadership is a skill that anyone can acquire but you need to learn to follow before you can lead,” says van der Walt. “Leadership is learning to work in a team. We need to build a positive spirit between children, teachers and parents.”

Children and knowledge are her passion. She knows how important it is for children to feel accepted and loved.

She enjoys taking an interest in each of her pupils and she feels there is so much we can learn from children.

Her vision for Wembley is to create a school where culture can thrive and it is her dream to ensure that music, art and drama become part of the school’s foundation.

“Each child has a story and we need to build that child’s story. These stories need to be written and shaped in environments which enhance learning. Assessments and tests are important but learning must also happen outside in tress and on misty mountain slopes where children can explore and play,” she said.

— Supplied.

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