APPOINTMENT OF HEAD OF THE PRE-PRIMARY SCHOOL
At the beginning of the Trinity Term I advised you that Mrs Barbara Bauskin, Head of the Junior School, would be retiring at the end of this year. Her decision to retire was tied in with the decision by the board to restructure the Junior School by moving grades 1 to 3 to the Preparatory School, and making the Nursery School phase a specialist part of the school. Mrs Bauskin decided that this change marks a good time to end her time at Bishop Bavin. She has provided outstanding leadership to the Junior School for ten years, and I and the board have full respect for her decision to retire when the Junior School as we know it ceases to exist. We will pay proper tribute to her at the end of the year.
The process to appoint a head of the new Pre-primary School who is a specialist in Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Foundation Phase ran over the course of the Trinity Term. I was delighted by the high calibre of applications we received for the role and, together with a sub-committee, we have made an appointment.
It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the appointment of Mrs. Jennifer Lobban as Head of the Pre-primary School with effect from January 2019.
For the past 16 years, Mrs Lobban has been Headmistress of The St John’s Bridge Nursery School, the ECD component of St John’s College in Houghton. She was the founding head of this top school, and has provided exemplary leadership since its establishment in 2003.She is a member of the College’s executive team and also heads up their environmental programme. Prior to that, she was Head of Department at Parkview Junior Primary School for five years, and previously held a similar position at Kimberley Junior School.
Mrs. Lobban grew up and was educated at Rustenburg High School for Girls in Cape Town. She holds a Diploma in Education from Cape Town Teachers College and a Higher Diploma in Education (with distinction) from CESA, as well as a diploma in Mentoring, Guidance and Support for Teachers and Trainers from UNISA. She also holds a specialist qualification in dyslexia and literacy, and is an Associate Member of the British Dyslexic Association.
Jenny’s husband, John, has recently retired as a director of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) and is a former headmaster of King Edward VII School (KES). They have two adult children and one grandson. In her spare time, Jenny and John enjoy spending time camping and walking in the national parks around southern Africa, and she teaches Sunday School at her local church.
Mrs. Lobban is a devout Christian and is a warm, caring and nurturing person whom we feel will be ideally suited to Bishop Bavin’s family culture. She is passionate about the philosophy of a balanced education comprising academic, emotional, spiritual, cultural and sporting development.
She also places great emphasis on teaching children about transformation and diversity, and she is a strong mentor of her staff. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her, and will make an enormous impact on Bishop Bavin Pre-primary School over the next few years.
Mrs. Lobban will spend some time with the current Junior School team to ensure a smooth transition, and will be formally introduced to parents at an appropriate time towards the end of the year.
I am sure you will all join me in welcoming her into the Bishop Bavin community; I have no doubt that she will play an invaluable role in leading the Pre-primary School forward in the years to come.