Fisher calls it a day

13 April 2018 | People

Leandrea Louw - Narraville Primary School (NPS) held a special farewell ceremony for their principal, Paul Fisher, who retired.

Fisher has been the principal for the past 24 years. He started his career in South Africa, as a woodwork, Afrikaans and mathematics teacher.

He joined De Duine Secondary School as the woodwork and religious education teacher for three and a half years in 1984. In 1987 he started teaching crafts, history and English at NPS, and was promoted to principal in 1994.

NPS head girl Roché Thomas expressed her gratitude on behalf of the learners. “Words will never be enough to thank you for all that you have done for us and what you still do in the community. A legacy of learning, to live an honest and God-fearing life, is some of the things you have imprinted on us.”

The learners gave him a brand new brown leather jacket as a token of their appreciation.

An official farewell was hosted for him Saturday night, where Tsumis Garises, director of national examination and assessment, described Fisher as a leader with a passion for education. “You have done your part; you have positively contributed to the lives of thousands of children.”

Marc Jacobs, the deputy director of education, described him as a multi-talented principal. “You have been a great leader, not just through the spoken word, but you lead by example. It will be difficult to fill your shoes. We thank you for your hard work, dedication and perseverance.”

Fisher wishes the next principal prosperity and success. “I truly hope that my replacement will put the education of the children first, as well as the cooperation of the community, and conserve and cultivate the teachers of the school.”

He added that he wishes to see that learners who do not excel academically but practically will also be incorporated with the implementation of the new curriculum and said this will show that the ministry makes provision for the Namibian child.

“It was through the strength my heavenly Father gave me that I overcame the challenges I faced on a daily basis. I carry deep rooted and engraved scars inflicted by the Walvis Bay Education circuit office. I never compromised the education of learners, in Narraville and Kuisebmond. I ducked and weaved the vehement onslaughts, and I am finally free. My hope is that nepotism and favouritism shall never befall our school. Thank you to the school board members, parents, teachers, learners and the Walvis Bay community for all the support and cooperation,” Fisher concluded.

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