Dryden Street Primary School is saying goodbye to two long-serving members of staff, teacher Soraya Kahn, 62, from Wynberg, and caretaker, Henry Meyer, 64, from Mitchell’s Plain, who are leaving at the end of the school year.
Ms Kahn has been a teacher for 38 years, and for 23 of them she has been at Dryden Street Primary.
“The best part of teaching is the special relationships made with my pupils and enjoying special occasions at school athletics events,” she said.
Ms Kahn will be leaving the Salt River school to take up a teaching position at a private school in Johannesburg.
Principal Stanton Smith said Ms Kahn had a wealth of experience and had served as both acting deputy principal and acting principal.
“We are losing a valuable part of the school. Ms Kahn has a strong personality; she has nurtured many pupils and teachers at this school, and it is sad to lose someone with her experience.”
Mr Meyer, who is retiring, has been at Dryden Street Primary for 13 years and was responsible for overseeing the general maintenance of the school.
“My experience of working here was marvelous as every day was a learning step for me,” he said.
“I had a pleasant experience at Dryden Street and I always tried to work towards keeping standards high at school.”
Mr Smith said it had been an honour to have Mr Meyer at the school. “He was a very consistent worker, very reliable and he has good interpersonal skills.”