New principal for Wartburg Kirchdorf

Acting principal Lisa Misselhorn takes the reins

Wartburg Kirchdorf School has confirmed that Lisa Misselhorn, who was acting in the position, will be the school’s principal.

In a statement the school said, “We are very pleased to hear that the Department of Education has announced our very own Mrs Lisa Misselhorn as principal of the school, starting on the 1st June 2019!”

The school said the newly appointed headmistress – its first female principal – considered leading her alma mater, both an “honour and a privilege, and is humbled by the parent’s support and trust”.

“Lisa Misselhorn was a prefect at WKS, having spent her full school career at the school, matriculating in 1987. After being advised by the school counsellor, Misselhorn pursued a career in teaching, specialising in home economics. After graduating, she assumed a teaching post at WKS which she filled for nine years until she was promoted to the position of HOD of Academics and then Discipline, which she filled until 2018.

“In 2019, Misselhorn assumed the position of acting principal, after outgoing principal G Baxter retired last year.”

Wartburg Kirchdorf School’s management team, along with Philani Ndlela and Lawrence Mvubu from the Department of Education, on either side of the new principal, Lisa Misselhorn.

The new principal said being faced with a co-ed environment that ranges from grade RRR to matric has afforded her the opportunity to provide a safe, secure and emotionally stable environment, for her youngest pupils, while striving to empower and motivate the older pupils, pushing them to achieve more than they thought themselves capable of.

Misselhorn received an enthusiastic response from pupils and staff to her appointment. She defined a leader as being an individual who is capable of making others better as a result of their presence, and making an impact which will form part of their legacy.

Her goal, together with her teaching team and the School Governing Body, is to maintain and improve on the academic and sporting excellence for which WKS is already well-known, while balancing the demands of South Africa’s challenging educational environment.