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City school pays tribute to principal

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Andre van Wyk, 48, who passed away on October 8, will be remembered for always encouraging and inspiring his pupils to achieve their full potential

Staff and pupils of Endeavour Primary School on Tuesday paid tribute to their headmaster who died earlier this month. Pictures: Danie van der Lith

A DRIVE-BY, followed by a moment of silence in front of his Homestead home, took place on Tuesday as staff and pupils of Endeavour Primary School in Kimberley paid tribute to their headmaster who died earlier this month.

Andre van Wyk, 48, passed away in Gariep Mediclinic on October 8 after he was admitted to the hospital about three weeks ago.

Born in Kimberley, he attended Roodepan Primary School and Homevale Secondary School before going to Perseverance College in the city.

He completed his studies at Potchefstroom University and took up his first teaching post in 1996 at Beacon Primary.

Within a short while he joined the staff at Endeavour Primary as a teacher, before being promoted to HOD and deputy principal. In 2013 he was appointed principal of the school.

Described as a homely person, whose family meant the world to him, Van Wyk will be remembered for always being there to help.

“He was also a strict disciplinarian and believed in setting boundaries for his pupils,” his sister Odelia Langeveldt said on Tuesday.

For the staff and the pupils of Endeavour Primary, Van Wyk will be remembered for always encouraging and inspiring his pupils to achieve their full potential.

“He was passionate about motivating the learners at the school to rise above their circumstances and to believe in themselves so that they could achieve their full potential,” his sister added.

He will be buried on Thursday from St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral.

He leaves behind his wife, Anthea, and son, Brandon, as well as his sisters Odelia and Raylene.