The Blomvlei Primary School community gathered to bid a fond farewell to their principal, Dawn Petersen, on Wednesday June 20, at the Mount View High School’s hall.
All the speakers acknowledged the role played by Ms Petersen, who served the school for 11 years, and during that time brought about many positive changes.
Carmelita Prinsloo from the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) described Ms Petersen as a woman of stature.
“You have done exceedingly well. You stood strong with all the challenges in the community.
“You have been the change you wanted to see. Thank you for being a part of Blomvlei and I wish you well on your future endeavours,” Ms Prinsloo said.
Natasha Dial from Case, a non-profit organisation, said Ms Petersen was always present when they hosted a programme at the school.
“We have seen the results of the seed you planted at Blomvlei Primary 11 years ago, because you kept watering it. The children at the school are so disciplined. You are a mother to all the children at this school and you are a pioneer of so many things here,” Ms Dial said.
Teacher Shane Johnson said Ms Petersen has shown kindness, generosity and love in the community.
“You brought new ideas, a new vision and strategy, and you brought us new levels of greatness. Ms Petersen grew up in Hanover Park, and this made her job more significant and led to her passion to succeed. You gave your everything and exceeded all our expectations, and always had the pupils at heart,” Mr Johnson said.
During her speech, Ms Petersen said when she took on this position, a previous principal told her she will only last a few months at the school.
“I was terrified, but looking at the children, made my 11 years so worth it. I am sad to go, but I am leaving with confidence because I know the staff will give their all. I am dealing with mixed emotions – on the one hand I know my season at Blomvlei is over, but on the other hand I don’t want to go. The teachers here go above and beyond what is expected of them. I am going to miss my Blomvlei family,” Ms Petersen said.
Ms Petersen will take up her new post at Golden Grove Primary School in the new term.
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