The Head of School – Ms Laura Bekker
Ms Laura Bekker joined Epworth as the 14th Head of School in January 2016. She boasts a distinguished 33-year career in the field of education and has 14 years’ experience as a principal. She most recently served as Principal of Rustenburg High School for Girls in Rondebosch, Cape Town – a position she occupied since 2007.
Ms Bekker attended Clarendon Girls’ High School in East London and graduated from the University of Port Elizabeth with a Bachelor of Arts degree, followed by a Higher Diploma in Education (HDE) from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Ms Bekker is well respected for her pioneering spirit in the areas of curriculum methods, leadership and the management of school systems. An accomplished English teacher, she also possesses skills that extend well beyond the classroom. She is an experienced hockey coach and also has expertise in co-ordinating musical concerts and productions. Ms Bekker is an active Rotarian and takes particular interest in the club’s literacy and education projects.
An excerpt from Ms Bekker’s philosophy on success resonates with Epworth’s ethos and values: “Success requires us to be true to ourselves and others, wholly capable of becoming the best we can be. People who are authentically successful do not judge themselves by the yardstick of the media in its many forms, or by the lives of pseudo celebrities. True success requires respect – for oneself and others. Successful people trust their own judgement and make ethical decisions, especially when faced with the pressures and challenges of life.”