Epworth welcomes new head

2016-02-03 06:00
PHOTO: supplied At the induction ceremony (from left) Caitlin Burn (deputy head girl), Reverend Alan Bester (chairman of the Faith and Practice Commission), Obakeng Letlhage (deputy head girl), Laura Bekker, Jolene Faber (head girl), and Ian Ogilvie (chairman of the Epworth board of governors).

PHOTO: supplied At the induction ceremony (from left) Caitlin Burn (deputy head girl), Reverend Alan Bester (chairman of the Faith and Practice Commission), Obakeng Letlhage (deputy head girl), Laura Bekker, Jolene Faber (head girl), and Ian Ogilvie (chairman of the Epworth board of governors).

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LAURA Bekker was officially inaugurated as the 14th head of Epworth School by the Epworth chaplain and head of the school’s faith and practice commission in a ceremony in the school chapel recently.

Bekker takes over from Liz Klug who retired at the end of 2015.

She boasts a distinguished 33-year career in the field of education with 15 years’ experience as principal. She recently served as principal of Rustenburg High School for Girls in Rondebosch, a position she held since 2007.

Respected for her pioneering spirit in the areas of curriculum methods, leadership and the management of school systems, Bekker is well poised to lead Epworth into the next phase of its successful journey.

Bekker believes in collaboration and consultation and says it is important “to allow the values and principles of the school to be reflected in the teachers, staff and pupils”. She is excited about today’s youth who have “undeniable drive and hope for their futures” coupled with the belief that their actions can, and will, make a difference.

“The board is confident of her ability to inspire and lead Epworth into the next chapter of its rich history,” said Ian Ogilvie, chairman of the Epworth board of governors.

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