New principal for Merryvale

2019-03-20 06:02
Dr Sharon Townsend with some of the learners from Merryvale School. From left are Khanya Nqqawana (7), Matthew Denson (7), Lilitha Hlabeni (7), Cebo Flank (7) and Madison de Reuck (8). Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

Dr Sharon Townsend with some of the learners from Merryvale School. From left are Khanya Nqqawana (7), Matthew Denson (7), Lilitha Hlabeni (7), Cebo Flank (7) and Madison de Reuck (8). Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

SHE used to drive past the Merryvale School for Specialised Education many times and used to wonder what it was like on the inside. Until one day she went inside and never wanted to leave.

Dr Sharon Townsend became a teacher at Merryvale and now, some 20 years later, is the proud principal of this school of hope and dreams.

“The moment I walked into the school, I fell in love with the children.

“I immediately felt that this is where I wanted and had to be. This has truly become my second home. These children are like my own.”

Townsend was appointed as the new head of Merryvale after former principal, Mario Engelbrecht, retired at the end of last year.

“I have deep shoes to fill, but I am so fortunate to be in this school that has been well maintained and has dedicated staff who are passionate about what they do. Having dedicated staff makes the principal’s life so much easier,” Townsend said.

Being the principal now means she will not be teaching – something she will miss. “I will miss the daily interaction, but I plan on being a very hands-on leader, so I will still be very involved with teaching. I believe that one can’t lead from behind the desk.”

Townsend’s future plans for the school include equipping staff with more skills and to make forums or groups available; having music therapy and finding someone who can teach the children pottery.

“The school is already excellent, but there is always room for improvement.”

She would also like to have open days so people can learn more about what is being done at the school.

“Many times there are also people who would like to offer assistance, but are not sure of how to go about it. We welcome prearranged visits for those who would like to learn more about our school. With awareness comes knowledge.”

Her biggest wish is for every learner who leaves the school at the end of their schooling, to find sheltered employment.

“We don’t want our children to leave here and have no future. We want every child to succeed in life and to live a meaningful life.”

NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.