The girls spontaneously broke out in applause. Then there was a standing ovation which was rhythmically followed by a drum roll and sentimental tears from long-serving staff members who had witnessed Kieran Stear’s career path.As of February 1st, 2017, she has headed-up Riebeek College Girls’ High School, a school rich in history, with a vision of adapting constantly to a changing world while retaining the character and ethos of a school that prides itself on being a happy place where potential is reached. “I believe in the power of common sense, values based decision-making and thorough communication with the parents and stakeholders of the school,” said Kieran Stear in her acceptance speech at a special assembly. She made it clear that she was passionate about running a steady ship with good communication with the parents and a focus on academic programmes that allow each learner to reach her full potential.“I know our girls are the best. I want each one of you to feel safe and to know that you can reach your full potential in our happy school. Riebeek has a very special and unique spirit.“I am honoured to be the custodian of the girls of Riebeek, having seen most come through the gates of the school for the first time in Grade 4,” said Stear.Having taught at Riebeek from 1996 - with a break for being a mom and learning the ropes of the business world, to the present - Stear has 20 years of involvement in the school with her two eldest daughters having been Riebeek girls too.She does not sweat the small stuff and believes that challenges are opportunities to dig deep and reach your full potential.“Riebeek’s staff are a friendly and capable group who are very close to my heart. I cherish the opportunity to lead such a talented, devoted group. I hope to give them the space to grow, the recognition they deserve and the development opportunities they need.“I am also grateful to our school governing body whose service to the school and sound judgement are valuable contributors to the success of Riebeek College,” said Stear.She holds a Bachelor of Science and post graduate teaching diploma from the University of Natal. She has extensive teaching experience teaching Life Sciences, lecturing adults at tertiary institutions and as a Head of Department in high and junior school. She also is proficient in various accounting programmes, labour relations and labour law, financial statements and sound business practices.Kieran Stear is the successor to Marilyn Woods who retired at the end of 2016.