Port Alfred School as been an integral part of my life for the past 14 years and the outpouring of love and gratitude received over the past few weeks has been overwhelming and has touched me very deeply. As I said in my farewell speeches, Port Alfred High is a hundred thousand good things happening each and every day.
There is so much more than meets the eye and every stakeholder in our school sees only one or two perspectives at a time. As your Headmaster I have been privy to too many aspects of Port Alfred School that are both heart-warming and uplifting. Yes, there have been times when things have gone wrong, and, we as humans, tend to focus on these far more than the positives. But, as a parent recently commented, Port Alfred School is filled with love and hope and great people.
In deciding what to write in this final correspondence I was reminded of the famous observations made by author Robert Fulgum who penned the following:
Lessons learnt in kindergarten:
- Share everything.
- Play fair.
- Don’t hit people.
- Put things back where you found them.
- Clean up your own mess.
- Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
- Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
- Wash your hands before you eat.
- Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
- Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
- Take a nap every afternoon.
- When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
All of this is still very true. As I head into retirement I will be following these wise words because, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.
Enjoy the holidays and come back ready for a new start, a new year and a new leadership!
Facta non Verba!