A reunion for 40 Kathstan teachers was held on September 29 in Rynfield.
Teachers from across the country gathered to honour the school and were reminiscent of the learning institution that will soon undergo a name change to become Pinnacle College.
According to Jenny Pilling (former head of department of the senior phase at Kathstan College), the teachers were called together to celebrate the marvellous memories of the school.
“These passion-filled educators reminisced about the amazing achievements of many of the children who had sometimes been overwhelmed at mainstream schools,” said Pilling.
“They found a safe haven at Kathstan and their hidden potential was nurtured, enabling them to enjoy their school days once more.
“Some learners had been ‘written off’ and told they would never matriculate, but Kathstan College boasted an unbroken 100 per cent matric pass rate for many years.”
Pilling described the teachers’ conversations to be filled with pride and love as they spoke on various personal and professional endeavours as well the sometimes hair-raising escapades of past learners.
“Some were heart-breaking memories of those who had suffered or died.
“These young people and their families were remembered with deep fondness and compassion,” said Pilling.
A tribute from the founder of the school, Michael de Villiers, now residing in Ireland, was read to the teachers.
The tribute, read by one of the first teachers at the school, René Brown, made special mention of Sandra Speed.
Speed, according to Pilling, was a legendary school secretary known for her friendly and compassionate front-of-house presence and was with the institution in its earlier years until her retirement a few years ago.
Many eyes misted over as the teachers joined voices, singing the Benediction (hymn) for the last time together.
“Kathstan College and all it stood for will live on in the hearts and souls of many, many people, the world over, for years to come,” concluded Pilling.
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