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Farewell, Mrs Metcalf

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The 2015 school year begins with the absence of a stalwart of the Riebeek staff. Mrs Metcalf has resigned. Mrs Woods says, "Mrs Metcalf, a Riebeek Old Girl and faithful teacher at Riebeek, is one of the kindest persons I have ever known. She is an excellent example of living by the fruits of the spirit. We will miss her professional and delicate touch on the piano." Mrs Metcalf's Farewell Speech: I would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Woods and to all the staff for your love, generosity, support and friendship throughout our time together. I really cannot believe that I have reached this big moment. It does not seem all that long ago when I started my teaching career in Cape Town, having graduated at the University of Cape Town with a degree in music at the end of 1980. After a year at Fischhoek High, I came to Riebeek for second and third years in 1982 and 1983. After teaching at Westering High School for a further three years, and with two overseas trips to Europe and America behind me, I finally settled down to my second stint of teaching at Riebeek and I knew straight away that I had done the right thing. In 1993, I married JD, with whom I had had a blind date in our matric year. 
I have loved and highly valued my job at Riebeek and have always felt to be one of the most fortunate of individuals to have taught on my home territory and to have been able to impart my love for music and the arts with so many fresh, young, talented pupils. What better way to chase away the dullness – not to mention being among interesting and intelligent members of staff. I shall greatly miss the lively conversations, social functions and interactions but I know that it is my time to turn my attention to other priorities and goals. I shall miss playing the piano for assemblies, which I have been doing since I was sixteen and in Standard Eight. I have completed my 39th year at Riebeek as a pupil and member of staff and I played my 30th Carols programme in 2014. 
Lastly, but not least of all, I would like to thank God for the ability to work and for the many opportunities I have been afforded, especially at Riebeek College, which has added so much meaning to my life. I look forward to the many occasions for revisiting you all. Take care, and may God bless.

 

 January 19, 2015
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