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A fond farewell to beloved principle

Hermanus High School bid farewell to its Principal, Greg Hassenkamp, on Friday 19 June.

At the helm of the school since January 2014, he rounded off a fulfilling journey of more than six years by leading the school through the challenges of the Covid-19 lockdown, and its attendant changes in the country, and has led it especially to a state of readiness for the phased return to school by learners and staff.

Hassenkamp’s farewell would have taken place on Friday 12 June, but was scrapped due to lockdown restrictions. Instead, everyone could watch the event live on Instagram.

The Grade 12 learners attending school gathered on the netball courts for the short ceremony. The netball courts were also named after the outgoing principal. “This was a real honour and extremely humbling,” Hassenkamp said.

In a final virtual message to the learners, parents and teachers, he expressed how grateful he was for the privilege and blessing of being principal of the school. “My time in Hermanus and my association with the school have been nothing short of unbelievable,” he said.

He added it had not been without its ups and downs. “What is important is ensuring the ups outweigh the downs, and in my experience at the school this certainly has been the case.”

Hassenkamp said there were many highlights, “far too many to mention.” But what does stand out for him is the school’s 75th anniversary in 2016, and learner Conrad Strydom being named top performing learner in the National Senior Certificate exams of 2016.

Hassenkamp will start as school principal, this time of Pretoria Boys High, where he taught for 14 years and was Deputy Principal before moving to Hermanus. As a token of thanks Overstrand AfriForum gave Hassenkamp a book.

Hermanus High learner Inga Mfundisi expressed her gratitude to her principal.

“We, the class of 2020, are extremely fortunate to have had a headmaster who was caring, compassionate and who led us to prosper. Words cannot express my gratitude for how you have not only led as but sowed seeds of unity among your students.

“I am forever grateful to have had a principal who was so inspiring. You left a footprint that will remain forever in our hearts.”

The process of appointing a new principal will be conducted by the Western Cape Education Department.

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