Eleven years of invaluable service

Principal, Rita van der Hoek, stands outside the school gates. Photo: Amy Ingram

The principal of Boskop Primary School, Rita van der Hoek, will retire at the end of this year, after 11 years in the position.

However, she is not counting down the days until she leaves as she said her years at Boskop have been the most wonderful in her career.

Rita first qualified as a teacher in 1974 and her first position was at Laerskool Newlands as a Grade 2 teacher. She then started a family and did substitute teaching while she raised her three children. During this time, she taught at Boskop and fell in love with the school.

Also Read: Boskop Primary School History

Once her children were grown, she began working half-days at Crossroads Remedial School. It was only when she returned to mainstream teaching that she realised how much she had learned from her time at Crossroads.

In 1996, Rita returned to Boskop on a full-time basis and took up a position as a Grade 3 teacher. She took on the responsibility of Head of Department for the Foundation Phase at the school in 2000, and when the principal retired in 2006, she was asked to be acting principal.

In 2007, she officially took on the role as principal and has seen tremendous growth in the school during her time in the position. She has been involved in the building of 10 classrooms and a new aftercare centre, and the conversion of the old aftercare centre into two new classrooms, and has seen the school grow to where it is today, with 1 518 learners.

Besides her role as principal, Rita has also taught several classes, such as Grade 4 Life Skills and Grade 5 Social Sciences.

However, she said she would never have been able to do any of it alone. “I have been lucky to have wonderful School Governing Bodies, School Management Teams and parents who pay their children’s school fees,” Rita said.

She hopes the school carries on as normal without her. She will be sad to leave, as every day has its highs and lows which will be missed, but she is excited to enter retirement.

Rita looks forward to spending time with her two granddaughters and two grandsons (one more grandchild is on the way). She will be able to attend their grandparent’s days and have time to read.

Boskop Primary School will miss Rita, who has had the school’s interests at heart for so many years.

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