Simla Primary bid a sad farewell to Mr A Pillay, who lovingly served the school for 35 years, recently.
A deeply committed teacher, Mr Pillay has left an indelible mark on thousands of pupils and parents as well as the Shallcross community at large.
His warm personality and strong humanitarian principles made him a beacon of hope to the many pupils, who needed a father figure, a mentor and a source of inspiration. His unique ability to elevate the self-esteem of others made him a favourite with all stakeholders.
A true gentleman, he has enjoyed an excellent rapport with young and old.
Ms Asha Singh (foundation phase HOD) aptly described him as a saint, whose divine qualities of humility, generosity and compassion filtered into the classroom making it a melting pot for purposeful learning and a holistic educational experience.
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Mr Pillay also spent many years as the school’s librarian. He executed his duties with passion and enthusiasm, encouraging maximum participation thus making the library a hub of activity.
He counselled pupils daily, offering support and solutions to their various challenges. His desire to ‘educate with empathy’ had a positive impact on pupils, who constantly gravitated towards their favourite teacher.
Principal of Simla Primary, Mr Ayob Nakooda said, “Simla Primary and the lives of its pupils were profoundly enriched due to the excellent contributions made by Mr Pillay. A teacher of this calibre will certainly be missed but the legacy he leaves behind at Simla Primary will live forever.”
The school governing body also extends their heartfelt gratitude to Mr Pillay for his sterling service, loyalty and unwavering commitment to Simla Primary.
Mr Pillay added, “Simla Primary will always have a special place in my heart. The best years of my life have been spent at this remarkable institution. I wish the Simla team every success in their future endeavours and thank them for their unstinting support, love and faith in me.”
Mr Pillay is now looking forward to the next chapter of his life. A special assembly programme was held to honour Mr Pillay, recently.