A principal who led by example
FORMER Harold Cressy principal Victor Ritchie earlier this month received an honorary doctorate in education from the University of Cape Town.
Much has been said about Dr Ritchie’s contribution to Harold Cressy High School. No doubt the success story of Harold Cressy is largely attributed to the sterling work of Dr Ritchie. However, I want to focus on his work beyond this context.
Dr Ritchie is a sports administrator par excellence. He served in administrative positions in school chess and school swimming. He held positions in club and provincial sport organisations in chess, swimming and tennis. People working in these organisations soon learnt that Dr Ritchie held you accountable to do your duties because he led by example.
After his retirement from Harold Cressy in 1991, he opened a mathematics school for students in Blomvlei Road at the Baptist Church in 1992. This school ran for close to 10 years.
Dr Ritchie’s compassion for students went beyond the classroom.
I consider it a privilege to have met a man of such immense talent, intel- lect and compassion.
He deserves to be recognised for the work he has done in the field of education in South Africa and his work is also recognised internationally. Being the humble person he is, Dr Ritchie will say that his work is part of a team effort.
Thank you Dr Ritchie, for being part of the team that inspires human beings to be the best that they can be.