Principal's Report - 2016


“When you do what you love, the seemingly impossible becomes simply challenging, the laborious becomes purposeful resistance, the difficult loses its edge and is trampled by progress” – Steve Maraboli

Atholl Heights has resembled a Hollywood movie over the last 
18 months. Mrs Benjamin, Mrs Message and I were all “acting”. 
Mrs Message and I got our Oscars but Mrs Benjamin will continue to act as Deputy Principal until the post is filled sometime in 2016.

2015 was a very challenging year. The falling exchange rate and the rising cost of living impacted on every family. In spite of this, our loyal school families still made the financial commitment to the school.

How do we as South Africans cope with all these demands when things seem to be falling all around us? Daryl Connor said: “The secret to mastering greater levels of change is not to press harder on the pedal already floored but to shift gears”.

One of the most important things for us at Atholl Heights is to have a positive attitude. Enthusiasm and commitment is vital.

I applaud the wonderful staff at this school. Their enthusiasm and dedication to Atholl Heights is to be commended. Many hours in the afternoons and evenings are given to your children’s well-being and education. This enables our school to raise the bar ever higher and to maintain our motto “Simply the Best”.

During 2015, the second biggest election in South Africa took place. The new Governing Body was voted in and I was so proud because our school was one of four in the district who managed to reach a quorum. Once again this shows Atholl Heights parents as being “Simply the Best”. I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Governing Body all the best for their remaining term of office.

2015 was a very successful year on the sporting front with many of our pupils being selected for representative sides. We are so proud of all our sportsmen and women.

Atholl Heights would just be a collection of land, brick, cement and tiles if it weren’t for our children. Often, when I have had enough of the office, I get up and walk into a classroom and sit at the back for 30 minutes. I always feel refreshed and enthusiastic when I return. I remember why I entered this profession in the first place. Our children are such an important part of what makes AHPS such a special and precious place.

To all of our pupils who are leaving 
I extend my very best wishes. Remember what we taught you here. Remember your work ethic and giving of your very best in everything you do. Remember you are all “Simply the Best”.

I thank everyone who has had any part to play in this wonderful school throughout 2015. We must all remain strong, enthusiastic and committed. 
We will remain “Simply the Best”.



Mr L.A. Wing