Headmistresses (and Headmaster)

[icon_timeline timeline_line_style=”dashed”][icon_timeline_sep time_sep_title=”1930-1931″][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Miss Bessie Muir”]Miss Elizabeth (Bessie) Muir, was the eldest daughter of Mr. And Mrs. J. Muir, of “Craigmuir,” district of Molteno.

She was head Prefect in 1921 at the Queenstown Girls School and was one of the leaders of the Debating Society. She was highly regarded and an accomplished thespian.

In January 1930 Miss Muir took charge of the new school as its first principal, her prominence and leadership positions held in the Girls High School was considered a guarantee that the new school would be closely linked with its elder sister in Frost Street.

The little School was situated in Shepstone Street, in what is now the Frontier Museum, and she presided over about 120 pupils dressed in the then school colours of green and brown.

However in 1930 the parents committee were faced with the resignation of Miss Muir, who was leaving to be married, it being considered unseemly at the time for a married woman to work as a schoolmistress. Miss Muir had done so much for the school and had won the affectionate regard of pupils and parents, the parents committee decided that an expression of the Committee’s appreciation of her efficient work should be placed on record.

She was married on 28 April 1931 to Mr A.S Cardno of Aberdeen, Scotland and still lived still lived near enough to the school to continue showing an interest in its welfare.

Although her stay was short, such was the force of her personality and efficiency that it left a continuing legacy for those who followed her.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_sep time_sep_title=”1931-1943/5″][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Miss Gertrude Gunn”]Miss Gertrude M. Gunn, previously of King Williamstown, was appointed to be Principal as from April 1, 1931. She taught Std. III (now grade 5) and had 22 pupils in her class.

Miss Gunn announced her retirement as from end of June 1943. The parents committee voiced their regret at her departure after twelve years service as Principal during which the school had grown tremendously. Everything had gone on smoothly and her relations with the school committee had at all times been very happy.

Miss Gunn- now married to Mr. D.R. Ryall – continued her association with the school by continuing to act as a substitute for her successor until she retired from all teaching in July of 1945.

She was greatly respected and did much to shape the school we now know as Balmoral, including designing the school badge and choosing the school motto. It is also during her tenure that the school colours changed to red and white.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_sep time_sep_title=”1943/5-1948″][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Miss Dorothy Street”]Miss Dorothy Street was the Head Girl (along with Miss Barbara Smith) at Girls High School in 1922.

In 1943 she was appointed as Principal with the outgoing principal, Miss Gunn, agreeing to act as her substitute until Miss Street was released from Active Service during the Second World War. In July 1945, after the cession of hostilities, she commenced her duties.

However at the end of 1948 she announced her approaching marriage to Mr A.W. Dunthie of the Cape Provincial Education Department and left for Cape Town with the general congratulations of her many friends.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_sep time_sep_title=”1949- 1963″][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Miss JC Davidson”][/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_sep time_sep_title=”1964-1979″][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Miss EA McLeod”][/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_sep time_sep_title=”1980-1981″][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Miss MJ Morris”][/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_sep time_sep_title=”1982-“][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Miss AE James”][/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_sep][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Mr Stuart Cranna”][/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_sep][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Mrs S Airth”][/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_sep][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Mrs R Taylor”][/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_sep][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Mrs S Els”][/icon_timeline_item][/icon_timeline]

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