Two new teachers have started at Aberdeen Secondary School this year, and for both of them, it is their first post.
Leilani van Staden from Willowmore trained at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and is currently teaching life orientation and arts and culture. She was pleased to be offered a permanent post not far from her home town, and has found the people of Aberdeen to be friendly and helpful. She hopes to become involved in sport at the school, particularly netball and athletics.
Claudio Jonas is from Somerset East, and trained at NMU in Port Elizabeth. He was also happy to get a position relatively close to home, and likes the quietness and clean streets of Aberdeen. Jonas is teaching junior classes for social science and economic and management sciences. He has trained to teach the implement sports of cricket, tennis and hockey. None of these are currently offered at the school, but he hopes to reinstate cricket as an option, as the school has equipment.
Both teachers found the large grade eight classes a challenge, as there are not enough desks in the classrooms for the learners. The extreme heat in a prefab classroom has also been very uncomfortable! They have been made very welcome by their colleagues, and look forward to making a positive contribution to the school.