Community mourns principal

2018-07-17 06:00
From left is Windsor High School principal Phaldie Tregonning with ward 60 councilor Mark Kleinschmidt.

From left is Windsor High School principal Phaldie Tregonning with ward 60 councilor Mark Kleinschmidt.

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The communities of Lansdowne and Mitchell’s Plain are mourning the loss of Phaldie Tregonning, the principal of Windsor High School in Lansdowne.

The unexpected death of the much-loved school principal comes after he suffered a sudden heart attack late last week.

Tregonning previously taught at Rocklands High School in Mitchell’s Plain for 27 years, before taking up a position as Windsor High School’s new principal in last year.

“I found him to be an innovative and energetic educator, who led from the front. I was pleased with his appointment at Windsor High. He was committed to holistic education, and boasted a 100% pass rate of his 2017 matrics,” explains ward 60 councillor Mark Kleinschmidt.

“Tregonning was in the process of upgrading the school buildings and most parts had already been repainted under his auspices. His untimely passing is a huge loss to the education system and he will be sorely missed,” adds Kleinschmidt.

Teachers, learners and parents at Windsor High say the sudden death of the respected principal still feels surreal.

“He has only been at Windsor High for a few months, but he has been doing an excellent job with the learners and the school premises since he stepped foot here” explains Riana Moodely, a parents from Lansdowne­.

“He was not only dedicated to his students and staff, but also to the entire community. My son passed Grade 12 last week with excellent marks, under Tregonning leadership. If it wasn’t for his ongoing commitment towards these learners, they wouldn’t be where they are today. He will be sorely missed by all.”

Tregonning, from Strandfontein, was buried according to Muslim rights on Friday morning, in the presence of family and friends, including teachers, learners, parents from the school’s he represented.

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