Patricia Rose has just retired as the Headmistress of Clarendon High School, and took the time to answer a few questions for the SSP Annual Report.
SSP is “an excellent scholarship programme that teaches self-discipline, accountability and sound values; as well as a good work ethic – and empowers its young recipients to make good choices, as they go out into life”.
She continues, “The reward you will reap as you witness the development and growth in this young person is very fulfilling. There are so many potential leaders who, given this opportunity, can contribute to a better South Africa”.
What would she say to a potential SSP Donor?
If a potential donor would ask why they should sponsor a SSP Scholar – how would she respond? “I would reply: Yes! Sponsor and give a deserving young person the opportunity of an excellent all-round education”.
Looking back over the years, which SSP alumnus won her heart? She smiles wryly and replies, “All were special and it has been a pleasure watching each one mature and develop into fine young people ready to make their contribution to society”.
What is her driving force?
Asked what has been her driving force when it comes to education, she replies: “It comes from my passion for my subject: History. My passion and desire to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to reach their potential, and to be a positive member of their community. Change for the better comes through education”.
She began her teaching career in 1977 at Kimberley Girls’ High School. She started at Clarendon in 1980-81, travelled in 1982-83 and returned to Clarendon in 1984. She was appointed as Acting Principal in April 2013, then as Principal in October 2013.
Lastly, what plans does she have now that she is no longer at the school? “I’m still working out my future plans, but I plan to travel as much as I can”.