Fairlawn is a happy place and our House-Mother, Victoria Wilson has taken our Fairlawn Prep boarders under her wing, listening to stories of their days, patching up scrapes, reading stories, wiping away tears and cleaning up messes. The children love running in to show her their art or a new discovery unearthed in the Prep ditch, or tell her about something exciting in their day. And so we asked a few questions to help the Prep family get to know the lady our Junior Prep boarders love so well!
Q: Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in Mowbray in Cape Town and enjoyed a very happy childhood in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.
Q: Give us a bit of info about your school and work history:
I attended a small private school in Rondebosch from Grade 1-3 (Sub A to Std 1, in those days) and then went on to Springfield Convent in Wynberg for the rest of my schooling. Springfield was a wonderful school, that nurtured the individuality of its girls. I completed my tertiary studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and proceeded on a colourful work journey from the theatre to running corporate training programmes, to a medical practice and eventually to becoming a Housemother at Prep!
Q: Tell us about your family:
My parents are both deceased. I have a brother who was also adopted and who lives and works in Weihei, China. He teaches English at the University there. I am very close to my half-brother and sister, who live and work in KZN. My friends in Cape Town keep me going and I love keeping up with their news online – they are like family.
Q: What are your personal interests and hobbies?
I love to read and watch a good series or reality show. I miss my hiking now, being away from the mountains, but I enjoy running, online workouts and swimming. I have also become interested in growing my investments and keeping abreast of the markets and current affairs.
Q: What do you appreciate about being part of the Prep environment?
I love the sense of structure and relative security it offers. The children also keep one’s life light-hearted and rich. I am grateful for the opportunity it affords me to grow professionally.
Q: A funny story from the boarding house that you’d like to share?
I knew I had made an impression among the Preppies when they were making a noise very early one Sunday morning. I opened my safety gate and heard one of them stage-whispering, ‘Sshhh, she’s coming!’