First male principal for GHS

2018-04-18 06:00
PICTURED: (back, from left) Nolwazi Zondi (Head Prefect), Amy Hippolite (Deputy Head Prefect) Rachael Job (Deputy Head Prefect), Emily Murry (Head Boarder Prefect), Amber Neil (Deputy Head Boarder Prefect) and Yonela Gono (Deputy Head Boarder Prefect) with Andrew Graaf (front) on his first official day at the school on Friday.PHOTO: supplied

PICTURED: (back, from left) Nolwazi Zondi (Head Prefect), Amy Hippolite (Deputy Head Prefect) Rachael Job (Deputy Head Prefect), Emily Murry (Head Boarder Prefect), Amber Neil (Deputy Head Boarder Prefect) and Yonela Gono (Deputy Head Boarder Prefect) with Andrew Graaf (front) on his first official day at the school on Friday.PHOTO: supplied

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PIETERMARITZBURG Girls High School (GHS) welcomed their 12th and very first male principal in its history, Andrew Graaf.

Graaf says he is ready to be immersed into the culture of the historic school.

Renowned for their offering of excellence and value in the education of females, Graaf said that he is intent on maintaining and furthering the school’s reputation of producing top quality professional women for the working world.

“The world needs strong women and this school is known for empowering women in this fast changing world.

“This is the school of choice for parents who want the full educational package for their daughters and I am lucky to be part of a school that gives young women the chance to achieve their goals”, said Graaf.

Since stepping into the position, Graaf said that he has been overwhelmed by the amount of support he has received.

“I have been blown away by the reception that I have received here. Everyone has been very welcoming and I feel as though I have been spoiled by everyone”, said Graaf.

Having served as a principal for two years at all-girls school Northlands Girls High in Durban prior to this, Graaf believes that he has what it takes and the support system to be the principal of such a prestigious all-girls school in Pietermaritzburg (PMB).

“Growing up in PMB I have always known GHS to be a venerable institution in the city and to be given this opportunity to head and serve as principal is both very humbling and exciting”, said Graaf.

Happy to be back in his home town after such a long time, Graaf said that he felt alone not knowing anyone in his previous post, but being back home made his heart happy even though he never thought he would ever return as the principal of such a prestigious educational institute.

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