Farewell to Scholar Patrol


Having started working as a scholar patrol for the Department of Education in 1974, he was seconded to the school in 1976 as a scholar patrol but soon became an all-rounder there having filled the positions of gate-keeper, “lollipop man”, mailman, pool-cleaner, office assistant, groundsman, loyal colleague and friend.

The school celebrated his tenure with a fitting farewell from the learners, families and staff on Friday.

Learners from the Zulu class treated him to their special renditions while he cut a cake at assembly and received gifts from the school community. The boys were also allowed to individually present him with gifts and convey their well wishes. The main gift that he received was a framed drawing of the Merchiston Preparatory basher with thumb prints from every boy at the school (Grade RRR- Grade7).

The farewell continued into the afternoon as the school’s current and retired staff hosted a lunch for Mthembu and his family.

School headmaster Dave Beetar, in a mark of honor, bestowed Mthembu, with his own Merchiston true blue blazer.

Having worked for most of his life, Mthembu said he was not sure what he was going to do with his time.

“I am going to get bored now. It was a rewarding experience to work at the school. I am really going to miss the boys and everyone at the school. They always treated me with great respect and courtesy – tipping their hats when they saw me – true, young, gentlemen,” said Mthembu.

Mthembu, who lives in Mkhambathini – near Table Mountain in Pietermaritzburg will put much of his free time to use focusing on farming and spending time with his family.

Shorné Bennie

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