Thomas More’s principal bids farewell

2015-12-01 06:00
 Photo: supplied Thomas More College headmaster Allan Chandler.

Photo: supplied Thomas More College headmaster Allan Chandler.

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THOMAS More College headmaster Allan Chandler has announced that he will retire from the position at the end of this year.

Chandler’s career in education began four decades ago when he graduated from the University of KZN in 1974 with a BA H.E.D.

He was posted to Durban High School and spent 20 very happy years there.
Speaking to the Fever Chandler said, “I taught history, coached cricket and rugby, and produced and directed three musicals - rising from a level one teacher to subject head, to HOD, to deputy and finally, senior deputy head,” he said.

“I was then privileged enough to be promoted to the position of headmaster at Rossburgh High School, an institution far removed from a traditional privileged school.
“I learnt more about education and life at Rossburgh, than in all my other years in education.”

The lure of private education brought Chandler to Thomas More in 1996, the school for all seasons.

At Thomas More Chandler filled three roles in two decades as deputy head, senior master, and headmaster.

“The school’s ethos of promoting the individual and accepting all people for what they are, is very dear to my heart,” he said.

He said that Thomas More College is the best choice one can make to prepare a child for the future.

The Thomas More mission statement is to promote strong Christian beliefs and morals which gives the children an unwavering compass to help them make the right moral choices as they grow up.

The school believes that co-educational schooling gives the edge to the children.
They learn to get along with a wide range of personalities and are comfortable when interacting with the opposite sex when they leave school.

Although Chandler said leaving the school will be a bitter moment for him, he will cherish all the memories he has created and always keep in touch with the pupils and staff.

Chandler is married to Angela, a nursing sister, for 36 years and has one son, a qualified mechanical engineer, who lives in Johannesburg.

The school staff, parents and pupils wish Chandler all the best for his future.

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