New principal for KSS

The Kuisebmond Secondary School welcomed a new principal.

13 October 2020 | People

PULL QUOTE – KSS principal, Jonathan Mashawu: “With or without Covid-19, KSS will remain a school of achievers”.

Leandrea Louw


Kuisebmond Secondary School (KSS) welcomed a new principal, Jonathan Mashawu (38), after Sedekia Gottlieb retired earlier this year.

Mashawu was a biology teacher at De Duine Secondary School and later moved to Kuisebmond Secondary School where he was the head of the science department. He started his teaching career in 2005 at De Duine as a relief teacher.

Monica Gawises, Walvis Bay circuit inspector encouraged and challenged Mashawu that the discipline and the pass rate of the school must not fall.

“Improve on the standard set by the previous leaders,” she said.

Digital time

Meanwhile, Gottlieb shared words of wisdom with his successor.

“The team, which consists of the teachers and learners, will make him a great principal. Learners must learn, teachers must teach and parents must support. My time is something of the past. We now have a principal at the helm during the fourth industrial revolution; a digital principal during a digital time.

“Be a servant to the learners, teachers, parents as well as the school and God will bless you,” he said.

Gottlieb wished the new principal all the best with his new journey.

A society of achievers

Mashawu said KSS is a society of achievers, true to their slogan ora et labora (pray and work).

“The commitment and professionalism of team KSS is very commendable. People like Mr Gottlieb are the ones who lifted KSS to where it is today. The solid foundation laid down gives me a mammoth task to maintain it, but it is possible. Where there’s a will, there is a way,” he said.

“This journey that I have started now is not a guaranteed smooth road; there will be some difficult moments. I believe that difficult situations give us an opportunity to be a better person. Being principal of KSS, I believe strongly in promoting harmony and dedication.”

Mashawu further said that the Covid-19 pandemic brought along its own challenges. “Yet, at the same time, Covid-19 has presented us with an opportunity to test our resilience and innovation of which the KSS staff has contributed immensely to attaining our school vision. With or without Covid-19, KSS will remain a school of achievers.”

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