A prin­ci­pal who led by ex­am­ple

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

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.

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