Scottburgh Primary School will bid farewell to our Principal, Mr Tom Robertson, on Friday 27 February.
Mr Robertson has been Principal at Scottburgh Primary since January, 1989. He began his teaching career at Forest View Primary School (Forest Hills, Kloof) in 1975 before being promoted to Port Shepstone Senior Primary as Head of Department.
Mr Robertson has seen the school through many changes – computers, air conditioning, interactive white boards, and the very many improvements to the buildings and grounds around the school.
He writes that “One of the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher is being able to follow the successes of the children one has taught. So many of our children from Scottburgh Primary are making a difference in South Africa and their achievements make us very proud. We have many past pupils who, with pride, send their children to their old school. Perhaps most significant for me is the number of past pupils who have returned to teach at their old school. Seven of our current staff members were former pupils and their loyalty and dedication gives me added confidence for the future.
I look forward to the freedom of retirement; the move away from rigid Departmental structure and procedures. I will, however miss the people I have worked with and the children who have been such an important part of my life for the last 40 years.”
Tom and his wife Trish, who retired from Umkomaas Primary School two years ago, look forward to spending time with their families – daughter Lauren and her family in Hillcrest, and travelling to Dubai for holidays with their younger daughter Janlyn and her husband.