Well-earned retirement after 41 years in class
A PORT Elizabeth primary school teacher took her last walk down the corridors of De Vos Malan Primary School in Schauderville on Friday after imparting knowledge to pupils for more than four decades.
Reona Draai, 60, a Grade 4 teacher, bade farewell to the staff and pupils of the school at a glittering ceremony to mark her last few hours as a teacher at the school where she had taught for 30 years.
Draai brings to an end a teaching career spanning a just less than 41 years. She began her career at 19 when she was appointed at Bayview Primary School in 1974, before moving to Fairview Moravian Primary School in 1975 and then to Willowdene Primary School until 1983.
She began teaching at De Vos Malan in 1984, and immediately fell in love with the community.
She was actively involved in school activities and says the highlights of her time at the school was the 50th birthday celebration which included a gymnastics routine, drum majorettes and a sports day.
Draai was also involved in coaching netball, tennis, volleyball and mini cricket. She also organised prefect leadership camps and Grade 7 farewell ceremonies. She attributes her passion for teaching to her mother as well as her sisters, who were all teachers at various stages of their lives.
“Leaving De Vos Malan is a nostalgic and sad experience. I will miss my pupils and fellow educators.”
Principal Jonathan Jansen said Draai was a very dedicated teacher. “She had such a positive effect on the pupils. She was in charge of leadership camps and the pupils had so much respect for her.”