Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Appoints ex LHS Deputy Head

 

APPOINTMENT OF NEW HEAD OF THE ACADEMY

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls

 

 

 

David Wylde, chairman of the Board of Trustees in addressing the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, this morning announced the appointment, after an international search, of a new Head of the Academy, Melvin King, who will take office in 2014 upon the retirement of the present Head, Anne van Zyl.
 
Melvin was educated at St Owen’s Boys (Marist) High School in Cape Town and graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Social Science Degree and Teaching Diploma, as well as from the Wits Graduate School of Business with a Diploma in Leadership Development. He spent fifteen years at Livingstone High School, Cape Town, as a teacher of Geography, Head of Department and Deputy Head. In 2001, he left to become the founding Academic Head and Executive Director of Christel House South Africa, a school which has a similar vision to that of the OWLAG, namely providing high quality education to children from marginalised backgrounds. In 2007 he assumed his present position as Head of Bridge House Preparatory School in Franschhoek.
 
Melvin’s work in drafting the Franschhoek Transformation Charter, a historic document and community engagement project, and his commitment to the process of transformation on sporting and educational associations have gained him a reputation for being a true nation builder. He has been a Life Skills Facilitator at the South African Institute of Race Relations and as Regional Representative for the Western Cape on ISASA (Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa), he became Chairman of the Transformation and Diversity Committee. He was elected National Deputy Chairman of ISASA in 2008 and National Chairman in 2012. Melvin has been Director of the Franschhoek Wine Valley and Tourism Association. He is presently a Director of Christel House,  South Africa and of the Graham and Rhona Beck Skills Centre, Robertson. He is Deputy Chairman of the Franschhoek Schools Transformation Project and the Franschhoek Valley Charter Trust.
 
David Wylde said, “Melvin King is an extraordinary human being, a very deep thinker which is reflected in the work he has done and the way in which he involves everyone.”
 
In looking forward to leading the community at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, Melvin believes that “the old and deeply internalised stories of inferiority and superiority that have undermined learning for all South Africans must be replaced by a new story of who we are and what we can become. Every child deserves to have a seat at the table and through a culture of human rights, access to education, hard work and accountability, we will build a better nation for all, where the dignity of every person is upheld.”

 

 

Melvin King will take over from Anne van Zyl as head of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls after she retires at the end of the year.

, who describes himself as an “educationalist by nature” has been selected as the new head of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.

David Wylde, the chairman of the academy’s board of trustees, announced on Monday that after an international search Melvin King, 50, had been appointed as the school’s new head.

He will take up his position at the school, in Henley on Klip near Meyerton, south of Joburg, next year after the retirement of Anne van Zyl.

The father of two and “a born and bred Capetonian” is the head of the Bridge House Preparatory School in Franschhoek.

He said the selection process had included interviews in South Africa before shortlisted candidates went to New York where they also met Winfrey. “It was a pretty rigorous experience,” he said.

King holds a social science degree and teaching diploma from UCT and a diploma in leadership development from the Wits Graduate School of Business.

He started teaching at Livingstone High School in 1986.

“I sat at the feet of masters there. I learnt so much from my teaching experience at the school.”

After 15 years at Livingstone, King became the founding academic head at Christel House in Ottery.

He has also been a life skills facilitator at the South African Institute of Race Relations, was elected as the national chairman of the Independent Schools Association of South Africa last year, has been the director of the Franschhoek Wine Valley and Tourism Association and is the deputy chairman of the Franschhoek Schools Transformation Project and the Franschhoek Valley Charter Trust.

Asked what the main contributions that he wanted to make to the academy were, he said: “I believe in a shared vision approach. I want to understand what people value within the school and enhance that.”

King said Van Zyl and the board had restored the school’s image after bad publicity in the past, adding that no school was perfect and other schools faced the same issues as the academy.

He said one of his main responsibilities would be to see to it that the girls fulfilled their academic abilities but also to ensure that leadership skills were instilled in them