Mrs. van Antwerpen Retires

Tiger Kloof without Mrs. Lettie van Antwerpen will be strange!
Mrs. Maths or Miss AVA as she’s known amongst the learners joined the Tiger Kloof team in 1996 to teach computer skills. But the principal and rector, Mr. David Matthews soon approached her to take over the teaching of Mathematics from him.
Miss AVA recalls some of her experiences through the years at Tiger Kloof. “I had my share of ‘snake encounters.’ Once, while still teaching computers there had been a huge yellow snake in the classroom. Another time I taught a complete Maths lesson in S3 with a boomslang (Dispholidus typus) inside the overhead projector!”
Apart from teaching Mathematics through the years, she was also involved with the learners as she had tutor groups to coach and guide. Her latest letter of encouragement and support to the current group shows that she carried them close to her heart and was dedicated to the learners as their parent away from home by quoting a number of scriptural verses to them from amongst others, Proverbs 25:11 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” and Psalms 34:1 “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth”. She concluded her end of year letter to them by thanking them “for the love you have shown me over the past four years.”

Over time Mrs. van Antwerpen was responsible for exceptional exam results in Mathematics as her matric results show. She shared the senior Mathematics classes with Mr. Masimba Jenami over the last 5 years and in this last year she had to shoulder an additional load by teaching the entire grade 9 Mathematics. Apart from academics she also was responsible to compile the daily timetable for grades 8 to 12 as well as their exam timetables and did so efficiently and punctually for many years. For the last 5 years Tiger Kloof implemented a rotational period on Wednesdays for grades 10-12 to enable teachers to have an “extra” period for the various subjects. Mrs. AVA also diligently and ably compiled this extra time table each term. Her passion for her subject was reflected in extra Mathematics lessons for grades 9 and 12 that she conducted every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

She was a longtime colleague of Mrs. Gail du Toit, the new Director, and can share many a tale of things that they have experienced over the years. “Even before I started at TK I had to attend a computer workshop in Johannesburg in January 1996. One of my new colleagues, Mrs. Karen Gail du Toit, gave me a lift as she was going for workshops in Travel and Tourism, a new subject implemented in schools and Tiger Kloof was a pilot school and the first one around here to offer the subject! So for the past 20 years I have known her. From the first moment we met I was impressed by her strong personality and character. She really lives the cornerstone of TK: 1 Cor. 3:11 - ’For God has already placed Jesus Christ as the one and only foundation, and no other foundation can be laid.’ I am grateful for the time I worked with her and also under her when she was the principal of the Secondary section.”

Mr. John Zackarias, current principal of Tiger Kloof Combined School and colleague since 1999 remembers the following: “Mrs. van Antwerpen helped to plant the grass for the upper soccer field and to Mr. Matthews’ utter chagrin planted the seeds in rows and not in the little holes that he had prepared. The seeds though flourished!”
It is ironic that her current class room the so called S7 is the one that she originally started in teaching computer skills. She also had a long stint in a class room in the separate S block on the southern side of the campus.
We will miss Miss AVA’s calm but purposeful walk deep in thought, across campus. May she and her husband, Willem, experience a peaceful and leisurely retirement. The young maiden from Montagu had taken good root in the Kalahari! Shalom!

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