King’s School West Rand mourns death of deputy principal

King's School deputy principal John-Mark Theunissen. Photo: Supplied.

 

King’s School West Rand has started the new term on a sad note after learning about the passing of its dedicated deputy principal, John-Mark Theunissen.

Theunissen, who was commonly known as Mr T on campus, passed away after battling a fatal heart attack on Friday, 6 April.

“His passing has left a terrible void in our lives and in the life of the school,” said Ken Langley, the principal of the school.

King’s School West Rand principal, Ken Langley (left) with both deputy principals, Ina Pelser and John Theunissen (right). Photo: Supplied.

Mr T joined the school in 2000 and has been an integral part of the growth and success of the school ever since, according to Langley.

He painted a picture of who Mr T really was. “As a deputy principal and part of the executive team for the past few years, he provided leadership in many different areas, including sports, finances and operations.

“…But perhaps his most incisive leadership moments were in speaking into the unique calling of the school – distinctive Christian education aimed at raising a generation who would follow Christ and serve His mission in the world within the different sectors of society,” Langley explained.

He added that Mr T knew the Scriptures and spent time searching God’s Word and studying it, meditating on it and making it practical for life. “He often spoke to his students about ‘Accounting with God’ and ‘Accounting without God’ – what does that look like and how will we choose to use what we learn?”

Mr T was also hailed for being behind the successful matric pass rate in the school and laying a good foundation in sports. “He produced outstanding matric results, and was committed to pouring hours of extra effort into giving his accounting students the best preparation for their final exams.

“On the sports front, John laid the foundation for the excellent results we are generating across a number of sporting codes, and built a department that operates with slick efficiency in terms of fixtures, facilities, accolades, and coaching,” said Langley in further praise of Mr T.

“John-Mark, you are a hero of The King’s School West Rand. We will cherish the memories you have created here. The deposit that you have invested into countless past students has been like gold, often pointing kids to Jesus. We’ll meet you on the streets of gold, Mr T,” Langley concluded in a heartfelt message.

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