Gavin Lambooy (47) took up the post of principal of Laddsworth Primary School in Hilton at the start of the second term. He was previously deputy headmaster of Merchiston Boys' Preparatory School in the city.
"Working with girls is a new opportunity for me and there will be issues I've never dealt with before. However, I know there are many staff with lots of experience who will help me."
"Lack of correct parental" support was an issue Lambooy identified. "By that I mean that education is the single most important thing that parents can give a child. If they don't apply at home the same values as the school does, they effectively work against the school. 'Instant gratification' and 'taking the easy road' are not the kind of values we should want to instill. Children need to learn that anything worth doing is worth doing well; that being part of something worthwhile means taking responsibility for behaving appropriately and in keeping with stated values."
Lambooy joined Merchiston in 1990 and holds a Further Diploma in Education from what was then the University of Natal. He is married to Tracey, the branch manager of a local courier company. They have been married for 22 years, and they have one son, Bradley (16) who is in Grade 10 at St Charles.