Principal’s Message

Dear EHS family

As I write this letter, the sun is out, the sky is blue, learners and teachers are all quietly occupied in their classrooms. The silence fills my heart with pleasure knowing that learners are absorbing the knowledge given to them by our dedicated educators. I have been able to witness our young adults blossom in sports, socially and academically.

This has been a truly amazing year filled with challenges and opportunities, which I have thoroughly enjoyed.  The year has been full of hard work and has been a massive learning experience for all of us.

To all the educators, administrative and support staff, my message consists of two words – Thank You! Thank you for this year that now draws to an end. Throughout these years, I have come to know you as true professionals – capable, knowledgeable, dedicated, and cooperative. Thank you for sharing your time and knowledge with learners. We’ve had problems, some of them seemingly insurmountable, but we have triumphed through them, because we have worked together, because we have shared our frustrations and worked out solutions together. And now, we are just about ready to “pack it in” for this school year, and take that rest to which we are entitled. I know we shall enter another school year, filled with challenges and professional opportunities.

Parents and School Governing Body members, it has been my pleasure getting to know not only your child, but you as well. Having parental support and open lines of communication, is an essential part of any successful school year. Thank you for all you have done, to make our year so fulfilling and memorable.

Learners, you bring such joy and happiness to our school.  We are truly fortunate to have such a wonderful group of learners at Empangeni High School.  My friends and family often laugh at me when I refer to you as “my kids,” but I think of each of you as my own children.  You have touched my life and this school by your presence.

To our matric learners who are preparing to embark on a new journey out of adolescence and into adulthood, I want to share with you a quote from a book by Garth Stein.

“That which you manifest is before you.”

At this stage of your lives, it is very important that you take charge of your future, and not feel like you’re a victim of circumstance or fate, but that you are an active participant in your future. Where you choose to focus your time and energy, will directly impact on what comes to you later in life.

I encourage you to work hard, set goals for your life, and stay focused on those goals.  Keep your eyes on your prize and don’t let anyone or anything deter you from achieving them.

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all learners of EHS!

It is my sincere wish for you and your loved ones that the holidays may hold only pleasant experiences. Please be sure to take time as a family to talk, play, and pray together.

Kind regards

Zelma Matthee

Principal (2009-2017)