New principal at Aston Manor Primary to lead from the front

PRINCIPAL Werner Botha applauds former principal Leslie Steenkamp for 35 years of great quality leadership at Aston Manor Primary School.

ASTON Manor Primary School welcomed a new school principal of exceptional merit and passion.

Werner Botha’s (38) appointment demonstrates that passion and hard work is recognised and rewarded by the Gauteng Department of Education.

Botha and his four siblings have turned moulding young South Africans through education into something like a family business as they all became teachers after seeing the joy teaching brought their eldest brother.

Although Botha spent most of his time teaching, he never stopped learning and that helped him earn his masters degree in educational leadership, which he has added to his Bachelor of Education honours degree in educational law and policy and his diploma in higher education.

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The aspiring graduate plans to prioritise academic and sport excellence and aims to strengthen relations between the school governing body and the parent community.

Botha comes from Benoni Rynfield Primary School where he served as deputy principal and played a crucial role in sports. He said Aston Manor Primary School’s reputation was all he needed to be enticed to apply for the position.

“I come here an excited man because this is a good school that produces excellent academic results every year. I know this school’s competitive nature very well because the learners here played sport against my previous school. As someone who has always been involved in school sports, I want to play a part in sport and supply resources needed to ensure the school can compete and beat any school in any sport.”

The Boksburg resident, husband and father of a three-year-old boy, said he had already toured the school and applauded former principal Leslie Steenkamp for keeping the school in such great condition.

“There are a few things that need to be refurbished in the classrooms and I acknowledge that the department of education is already overdue on those promises, so I will push for renovations to be done before it is too late.

“The previous principal did some fine work here and it is for that reason that I will not re-invent the wheel but maintain the excellence. Where necessary, the staff and I will collectively make changes to keep up to date with the latest educational demands and standards.”

Botha said he had already met some of the parents and they were all very welcoming. He also thanks the governing body and the department of education for trusting him with their children.

“I also want to invite local companies wishing to contribute something positive to a child’s education to join forces with us to ensure that today’s children get a well-resourced and better education than we did,” Botha stated.

James Mahlokwane
Senior Journalist

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