As the school year comes to a close, Union High School, Graaff-Reinet bids a fond farewell to Mrs Belinda Grewar, who will be retiring.
𝙄𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩 𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙚 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙈𝙧𝙨 𝙂𝙧𝙚𝙬𝙖𝙧, 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙜𝙪𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙛𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙬𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙮-𝙛𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙨.
Before joining our school’s staff in 1995, Mrs Grewar embarked on an impressive journey in education. After graduating from Stellenbosch and UCT, she taught at various institutions, including Knysna High School, Capricorn High, Pinedene Primary and Vaal High School in Gauteng.
Later, at Jansenville High School, she held the position of Head of the Languages Department and established a resources center for schools in the area. This period was filled with personal growth for Mrs Grewar, despite facing challenging circumstances.
𝘜𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘫𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘗𝘳𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘋𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵, 𝘔𝘳𝘴 𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘌𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘖𝘋 𝘔𝘳 𝘉𝘳𝘶𝘤𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘥𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘖𝘶𝘵𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘉𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘌𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘴𝘦. 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘥 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘰𝘮 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘔𝘳𝘴 𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘳’𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘧𝘭𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥.
Her learners were lucky recipients of her innovative and engaging lessons. Many past learners fondly recall how Mrs Grewar nurtured their critical thinking and enhanced their creative writing skills, lessons that have served them well in their current careers.
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙟𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙈𝙧𝙨 𝙂𝙧𝙚𝙬𝙖𝙧’𝙨 𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙝𝙞𝙜𝙝 𝙨𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙡, where she made a significant impact as the Subject Head of English. Not only did her learners benefit greatly from her expertise, but many new staff members were fortunate to receive her mentorship and guidance as they embarked on their own teaching careers.
As a National Senior Certificate examination marker for eleven years and Deputy Chief Marker of English for the past three years, Mrs Grewar’s immense knowledge, experience, and expertise proved invaluable to both learners and staff at our school.
𝘔𝘳𝘴 𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘳’𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘢𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘳𝘰𝘰𝘮. 𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘑𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘳 𝘣𝘰𝘺𝘴, 𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘳 𝘋𝘦𝘣𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘚𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘺, 𝘢𝘯𝘥, 𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘶𝘴𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘚𝘵𝘦𝘷𝘦, 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘶𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘳𝘶𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘊𝘈 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴.
While we will deeply miss Mrs Grewar’s numerous tangible contributions, her delightful dry sense of humor and infectious spirit of fun will leave a significant void within our school community.
She will always be remembered for her cheerful personality. However, it is her deep Christian faith, which has been a source of inspiration and comfort for so many throughout the years, that will leave the greatest void.
𝗪𝗲 𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝘄𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗮𝗿𝗸 𝗼𝗻 𝗻𝗲𝘅𝘁 𝗽𝗵𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗪𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀.
May they find abundant joy, peace and well-deserved rest. May God bless them abundantly for their unwavering dedication and countless contributions.