Waterfall College says farewell to subject HOD

2016-12-20 06:01
 Photos: supplied Mrs Beverley Surmon, head of English and life orientation with Waterfall College matric class of 2016.

Photos: supplied Mrs Beverley Surmon, head of English and life orientation with Waterfall College matric class of 2016.

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“ALBERT Einstein once said: “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and know- ledge. Mrs Surmon, this captures the essence of you in the classroom.”

This was the beginning of a tribute to Beverley Surmon, head of English and life orientation, who will be retiring this year, at a special assembly held in her honour last week. Jeanette van der Merwe, principal of Waterfall College, says Mrs Surmon raised the bar for the school in so many ways. She served as head of department for English and life orientation and secured a 100% pass rate for matrics in these subjects.

She also was the IEB Cluster Group Leader for English in the Highway area and was the driving force behind a range of initiatives at the school such as the Yearbook, the Rotary Team Talk Competition and the annual Speech Day Matric Tributes.

“In each of these areas, Mrs Surmon served with exemplary professionalism, applying her skills in her subject area and beyond, to the benefit of her pupils and fellow staff mem- bers.

“The impact she has made in the life orientation curriculum at Waterfall College has put the school on the map in this area.

“Mrs Surmon made us so proud to know her and to be affiliated to her as a truly remarkable person - compassionate, glamorous and wise, with a heart for teaching and inspiring young adults.” said the principal.

Mrs Surmon is going to be exploring her many and varied writing ideas, resurrect her love of gardening - she says she never had enough time - and see where she can make a contribution to the community.

Asked about her testimonial about the school, Surmon said: “More and more, the need becomes apparent for young, able South Africans to have a strong sense of their place and purpose in our fledgling democracy.
A school like ours fosters that understanding and equips our pupils to see a more altruistic, empathetic life purpose.”

- Supplied.

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