Principal’s Message

I am the very proud principal of Durban Primary School, ex Stella Park and Stellawood Primary. I am also a very proud ex pupil of the school and the very first female Principal in the school’s history!

Another proud moment was when Khashveera Chanderjith, a past pupil, became the first hearing impaired young woman to qualify as a Chartered Accountant.

We are a well established Primary School, catering for children from Gr. R through to Gr. 7, meeting the demands of our environs and society in a changing world. It is for this reason that the school today not only boasts of its high academic achievement over a period of 103 years, but also of its contribution to assist those who have specific needs, such as the education of hearing impaired pupils, who also have a claim to their rightful place in society.

This place feels like home from home for me, and this feeling is frequently confirmed by new teachers and student teachers, who say they can feel such a wonderful vibe right here.

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DPS respects the fine traditions of the past, whilst we endeavour to adopt a pragmatic approach for future education. We have had so many success stories from past pupils, and, via our Stellawood and DPS facebook groups, I am able to follow their progress with pride and a sense of achievement. It is such a privilege to play such an important role in a young person’s life, and I treasure the time I can spend with them, to make a small difference.

In the words of a past pupil and 2014 Head girl and Academic Dux of DGHS, Ayabonga Sithole, “I learnt to be human in my primary school. With that much love and care, I had to carry on even if I wanted to give up. I could not let them (the teachers) down.”

We believe we care for every single young person who walks through these doors. Many of my old pupils know that once I have taught them, they have the Miller magic!!!! We have embraced the eagle as our symbol, and this complements our motto of “Aim High” perfectly. I want to share this story with all those who have looked at our website, but more especially for all my “children” past and present………..

Are you a duck or an eagle?

By Jean Storlie
Are you a duck or an eagle

Emerging from the airport to stand in the cab line, Harvey looked up to see a bright and shiny taxi. The cab driver jumped out and said “Hi I’m Wally. While I load your luggage, I invite you to read my mission statement.” Wally handed him a laminated card that read: Wally’s mission statement: To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.

Harvey was intrigued and noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside…..spotlessly clean! When Wally slid behind the driver’s seat, he asked if he’d like regular or decaf coffee. Harvey was thinking to himself, “What’s up with this guy?” So he jokingly replied, “I’m a soft drink guy.” Unabashed, Wally said, “Well I have a cooler bag with soft drinks, sports drinks, juice, and water, so help yourself.”

Then Wally pointed to a stack of current magazines and newspapers and said “I have the NY Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal if you’d like to catch up on the news.” He handed Harvey another laminated card with a list of radio stations and asked if he’d like to listen to the radio. “Let me know if you’d like me to point out the city’s sights or if you’d prefer to be left with your own thoughts.”

At this point, Harvey was blown away and asked with curiosity, “Have you always run your cab this way?” Smiling into the rear view mirror, Wally said, “No, I used to be like all the other cab drivers, complaining and quacking like ducks. Then, one day I heard a motivational speaker on the radio, who talked about being an eagle instead of a duck. He said, “Stop complaining! Don’t be a duck.

Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd.” I learned that eagles fly to a high spot and wait for the winds to come. When a storm hits, the eagle sets its wings so that the wind picks it up and lifts it above the storm. The eagle uses the storm to lift it higher and stay above the fray.”

“That hit me right between the eyes,” said Wally. “I decided to become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes. When my customers responded well, I did more.”

“I take it that has paid off for you,” Harvey said. “It sure has,” Wally replied. “My first year as an eagle, I doubled my income. This year I’ll probably quadruple it. You were lucky to get me today. I don’t sit at cabstands much anymore. My customers call me for appointments. If I can’t pick them up myself, I get a reliable cabbie friend to do it and I take a piece of the action.”

Harvey told the Wally story to more than 50 cab drivers over the years, and only 2 took the idea and ran with it. Whenever he went to their cities, he called them. The rest of the drivers quacked like ducks and told him all the reasons they couldn’t do any of what he was suggesting.

The eagle is reminding you to take heart and gather your courage, for the universe is presenting you with an opportunity to soar above the mundane levels of your life……to broaden your sense of self beyond the horizon of what is presently visible. It is up to you to decide if you want to be a duck or an eagle. If you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint yourself. It’s easy to cluster with the other ducks, quacking and complaining about work and life.

But eagle presents us with an opportunity to step out of the flock, look at the world from a higher vantage point, and rise above our self-imposed limitations. Eagle’s ability to soar high during adversity inspires us to think about the opportunities that life’s challenges present to us. Soar like an eagle!

And AIM HIGH. May God bless you all.

May all those who are here, and still to come to DPS, uphold the name of this fine establishment, and everything it stands for.

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Mrs. Shaylene Miller