With close to 50 years’ association with Treverton College in Mooi River, Dr Alan Staples, who passed away last week, left an indelible mark on the school.
As a young graduate of Rhodes University, Staples joined Treverton College back in 1973 as the science and mathematics teacher. He was described as a passionate and inspiring teacher who made an enormous impact on the many pupils he taught there over the years.
“In 1978, at the very young age of 30, Alan was appointed deputy head and demonstrated his leadership ability, resulting in him being appointed as College headmaster in 1980, while retaining his teaching duties. Alan worked tirelessly for Treverton and his contribution to the growth and success of both the College and the Prep led to his appointment as executive head in 2004,” the school said.
It said Staples took Treverton to heights beyond expectations. He had a very clear vision of how the school could grow, and his dedication and hard work saw that vision fulfilled.
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“The dam, the squash courts, the Chapel Theatre complex, the equestrian centre, the hockey astro turf, the additions to the sports pavilion and a borehole to supply the entire school are just some examples of vision turned into reality. Treverton would not be the school it is today without Alan’s leadership and commitment.”
When Staples retired from Treverton in 2007, the board of governors immediately invited him to join the board where he continued to serve, with his trademark energy and dedication.
The school concluded: “To his wife Brenda, his daughters Lyn, Pam and Susan, his sons-in-law and his grandchildren, we thank you for sharing Alan with Treverton and we uphold you in prayer.”