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Resignation of Mr Curtis

2018/03/23 2:30:00 PM

It is with a degree of sadness that I have to inform you that Simon Curtis has tendered his resignat... 

Dear Parents

It is with a degree of sadness that I have to inform you that Simon Curtis has tendered his resignation as Headmaster of our Preparatory School with effect from the end of Term 2, 2018.

The decision has not been an easy one for Mr Curtis to make as he is satisfied with his role at St Benedict's, but is prompted rather by his desire to support his wife who has been offered a wonderful employment opportunity in the Netherlands.

Since his appointment on 1 January 2015, Mr Curtis has had a marked impact on St Benedict's. Although his tenure at our school has been a relatively short one; in his resignation letter, Mr Curtis writes that he has thoroughly enjoyed his time at the school and thanks the Board of Governors for the faith that they have shown in him.

Mr Curtis’s influence has extended well beyond the Preparatory School and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him. His leadership has been visionary and many of his initiatives have dramatically changed and greatly improved the way our Preparatory School operates. His focus has always been firmly on the well-being of our boys and his unwavering commitment on professional development initiatives for staff has allowed many to explore exciting and rewarding opportunities.

His presence on the Executive Committee has brought with it new and invigorating perspectives. St Benedict’s will forever be indebted to him for so adroitly chairing the Academic Strategic Planning Committee that has rolled out our new academic strategic plan as well as the introduction of the ACTIVE curriculum at our school.

On behalf of the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee, I would like to wish Mr Curtis and his wife all of the very best as they prepare to explore this exciting new chapter in their lives.

Together with Mr Lydall, the Chairman of our Board of Governors, I will constitute a working group to manage the appointment of a successor and the transition process. We will work to ensure that the change in leadership is carefully orchestrated in order to bring about the least disruption in the day-to-day functioning of the Preparatory School.

We will formally bid farewell to Simon at an appropriate function closer to his departure.

Andre Oosthuysen

Executive Headmaster

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