Mr Dale Bright

Title:Assistant Deputy Head (Pastoral)
Qualifications:BSc (Hons), Higher Diploma (Ed), University of Cape Town

Life before Saint Ronan's
I grew up on the cricket and rugby fields a few avenues down from Newlands, in the shadow of Table Mountain. I went to Rondebosch Boys Prep School, where I excelled at being naughty. At senior school, both my older brothers were prefects but the only time I visited the Headmaster was for a hiding. During my gap year I delivered pizzas, pumped petrol, coached sport and discovered a passion for white-water kayaking and canoe expeditions. After graduating from the University of Cape Town, I taught at South Africa’s oldest school, SACS, for two years. Highlights of my time at SACS included water polo tours to the Eastern Cape and surf camps up the west coast. I met my wife Andrea on the Orange River in Namibia, where we both led 6-day river expeditions into the desert, sleeping by the fireside under the stars. In 1999 I represented South Africa at the Touch Rugby World Cup in Sydney. In 2001 we moved to London. I was Head of PE and Sport at Fulham Prep School and Andrea taught Reception at the Pre-Prep. Highlights included trips to Rome, France, the Lake District and an annual U10 rugby tour to Cornwall.

Roles at School
In September 2008 I joined the Saint Ronan’s as Head of Geography and in 2009 I was given the additional roles of Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator. I enjoy being part of a busy prep school and so I try to involve myself in many aspects of this great school.  A particularly enjoyable activity is being part of the Boarding team – the boys sing “Mr Bright, Mr Bright – has come to turn off the light!” The Games afternoons are another bonus, with football and cricket being particular favourites. I am setting up school swimming squads and am an Upper Form Tutor. Sometimes I even get to go skiing!

Away from the Classroom
I love spending time with Andrea, Rachel and Matthew. In the summer we usually set up our tent on the banks of the Tarn River in France and then explore the Pyrenees or Alps. At Christmas, we try to visit Cape Town to see our families and to catch some surf and sun. I enjoy playing Touch Rugby for England and I like bike-riding in Bedgebury, gathering blackberries, braaing, snorkelling for crayfish, going to church, listening to lions and hyenas during Kalahari nights, star-gazing and watching whales from the cliff path in Hermanus.