VETERAN Eastern Cape educator Warwick Osmond will take up the reins as headmaster at top private primary school, St Francis College, in February.

Currently acting headmaster at Dale College Boys’ High School in King William’s Town, Osmond said he intended positioning the school as a leading player in environmental learning and management, given its unique position in a rural setting.

“The motto of the school is striking – ‘learn to live’. We are preparing children for life and living. I love the idea that learning is integral to living and I am impressed that St Francis College is a recognised eco-school.”

A former Grey High School pupil and Nelson Mandela University graduate, Osmond has taught at several Eastern Cape schools during his 29-year career and believes that the province has a strong tradition of academic and sporting excellence.

“The Eastern Cape has some of the most amazing schools in the country,” he said. “Our schools are renowned for producing sports stars and leaders in various fields.

“I want to see St Francis College occupying a unique space among schools in the province. It will be known for its unique character and proud emphasis on embracing the environment.”

An experienced rugby and cricket coach, Osmond said that he was proud to be associated with Dale College, given its impressive record of producing top South African sportsmen.

These included Aphelele Fassi, currently playing for the Sharks rugby team, Springbok rugby player Aphiwe Dyantyi, former national cricketer Makhaya Ntini and H.O. De Villiers.

Osmond will be joined at St Francis College by his wife, Melanie Osmond, who is currently principal of Central Primary in King William’s Town.