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Sad end of term for JG Meiring

While schools celebrated the end of the first term on Wednesday 18 March, the staff and learners of JG Meiring High School in Goodwood mourned the loss of principal Theo Linderts.

It’s believed he died of a heart attack.

Sean Carolissen, the principal of Nooitgedacht Primary School in Bishop Lavis, says he worked closely with Linderts for about eight years.

“I met him a few years ago as we both served under the Metro North Education District. He was a man with a very big heart. He always looked out for the less fortunate and had a soft spot for the children of Elsies River. Mr Linderts was a very jovial person.

“The last time I saw him was at the beginning of March when we attended a training workshop.

“He still looked fine, but mentioned that he felt tired,” says Carolissen.

According to Carolissen, Linderts was able to steer JG Meiring High School in the right direction.

“The school was doing quite well under his leadership.

“He always put the children first, but was very strict – a no-nonsense kind of man,” says Carolissen.

“We are especially saddened that we won’t be able to attend his funeral as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.”

The provincial education department also expressed their condolences.

According to department spokesperson Bronagh Hammond, Linderts served in education for 31 years. “Mr Linderts was employed by the department since January 1989. In January 2008 he became principal of Philippi Secondary School.”

He then started his journey as principal at JG Meiring High School in January 2011.

“Our condolences to the family and friends of Mr Linderts and the school community. Counselling support was made available to the staff.”

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