Clayridge Primary School in Phoenix was recently named the Phoenix South Zone Athletic Champions for the 12th consecutive year.
The Phoenix Sun spoke with former principal, Mr A Govender, who has been instrumental in the school’s attainment of this great achievement.
Govender completed his studies at the then University of Durban Westville in 1979, specialising in physical education, English and biology.
Appointed as a level one teacher at Clayridge Primary School in January 1980 and thereafter spent his entire teaching career at the school.
Sports co-ordinator at the school from 1980 to 2002, Clayridge Primary has excelled in sport over the years in the Phoenix region.
The school excelled in various codes under the mentorship of Govender, who has a passion for sport, He played league and association football at various levels and represented the Durban Football Association at inter-district level.
He instilled a positive attitude and a strong sense of discipline in the children. Apart from his contributions to sport at the school and the community, Govender took an active part in religious and cultural activities.
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He also has an impeccable record as a dedicated teacher. He taught Maths and English, specialising in grade six English since 1989.
Govender was promoted to head of department for senior primary in 2000. Two years later in 2002, he was promoted as deputy principal of the school.
Five years later, he was again promoted, this time to the prestigious position of principal of the school in 2007. Remarkably, he attained three promotions in seven years.
He firmly believes that success can only be achieved through sheer hard work and determination.
Current principal of Clayridge Primary School, Mr GK Naidoo said, “Mr Govender has always shown passion and commitment to teaching and managing the school. I have known him for the past 25 years and he has always been a humble kind and compassionate principal, highly respected by teachers, colleagues, pupils and the Clayfield community.”
“Despite these difficult times of social degradation in society, we as individuals face many challenges. We must embrace these challenges and face them head on with a positive attitude and the right frame of mind,” said Govender.
He thanked his dedicated team of teachers, the very supportive school governing body, parents, pupils and the officials of the KZN Department of Education for their support during his illustrious 39 year career.