Principal excited to explore horizons at new high school

Horizon Academy's new high school principal, Annemarie Kleynhans.

MALALANE – Horizon Academy’s high school principal is excited to start a brand new journey with educators and pupils, when the school officially opens in January next year.

The primary school will be joining the seniors in the brand-new buildings in Malalane’s new extension to the west, next to the N4, over the next few weeks.

Kleynhans brings decades of experience to the new high school, following several successful years as the principal of Hoërskool Bergvlam in Mbombela.

The veteran teacher studied at the North-West University’s Potchefstroom campus and was drafted to a school in Johannesburg for her first job. “It was one of the poorest residential areas in the city and it was a shock to realise that people had to live in such difficult conditions,” she said.

After she married, her husband was transferred to Potchefstroom’s army base and she later joined Potchefstroom Herald as a journalist. They have two sons.

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She returned to teaching when she was offered a post at Hoër Volkskool Potchefstroom. The family moved to Mbombela, where they lived for over three decades.

Kleynhans has taught at Lowveld High and then moved up the ranks at Hoërskool Bergvlam from head of the language department to deputy principal and finally principal.

She loves Afrikaans literature and when she is not teaching or involved with school affairs and activities, she likes to read and enjoys creative hobbies.

The new Horizon headmistress wants her learners to have hopes and dreams for the future and to never let go of them.

“Children need to be formed and prepared for life after school. It’s an educator’s challenge to form this clay and broaden their horizons, to make a difference in their lives. At the high school we’ll be building on the foundation that the primary school has laid,” she said.

She explained that new teachers at the school will have the opportunity to join an unbelievable adventure, where everyone can have an impact on the school, help form it and share their ideas.

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Kleynhans is very excited at the prospect of helping to create traditions and customs for future generations of Horizon Academy high school pupils.

“Parents can help open up a new horizon for their children. This is a new, creative phase where children are not just developed scholastically and academically but throughout their whole being. They’ll be a part of the school’s firsts: first class register, first honour roll, etc.”

Retha Nel

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