If you can see the invisible, you can do the impossible ~Bishop T.D. Jakes
2014 SPONSORSHIP RECIPIENTS TO ALEXANDRA HIGH SCHOOL
This was our second year to send the top boy and top girl grade 7 students to Alexandra High on scholarship, and, those girls had been working so hard towards this goal that there was a tie for first place with both Samkelisiwe and Zamathonsi succeeding! We could do nothing else but send them both of course, and we made the correct decision, they are thriving!
And although the students and parents knew what had occurred the year before, they were still very anxious to be called to the principal's office...and the shock and tears of joy followed!
Lungelo Madlala, now in Grade 10 at Alexandra High School has a lot to say about what it took to earn the scholarship to attend the school. His and his families’ reaction to the news was equal parts excitement and delight, because it showed that his hard work and studious habits were being rewarded. His experience in transferring to Alex has been a transformative experience which served to show him more about who he is, his interests, and offered him new challenges and opportunities to learn and grow. Lungelo’s favourite classes are Maths, Physics, Geography and Life Sciences. When Lungelo isn’t in the classroom he is involved in tennis, cross-country, and swimming; all of which serve to keep his body as fit as his mind. To make sure that his life after high school is just as busy, Lungelo is considering studying biochemistry, nursing or becoming a GIS. All of his school, extra-curriculars, and life plans are perfectly encompassed in his advice to Grade 7’s at Slangspruit, “study hard, follow what you believe, do what’s best yourself and challenge yourself,” because you never know what you’re good at unless you challenge yourself.
Samkelisiwe Sindane is now in Grade 10 at Alexandra High as the recipient of the second year of scholarships for academically outstanding students at Slangspruit Primary. For Samukelisiwe, hearing that she earned the scholarship brought “tears of joy” and “[that] it was a surprise,” and she attributes her success to her positive attitude of “I can do this, I can do this.” At Alex High, students compete for spots in the top ten, or the most academically successful students, and Samkelisiwe’s class is no different, which has presented her with a unique challenge, as she is now working even harder at her schoolwork to secure a spot. After two years of attending Alex (now in her third), Samkelisiwe’s favourite subject is Maths, which offers her a good challenge and allows her to push herself to get the grades she is aiming for. Samkelisiwe intends to keep studying after high school, where her goal is to earn a scholarship, this time to attend university where she can study social work. Samkelisiwe extorts students seeking to follow in her footsteps to, “be serious and [that] you must work hard to get what you want. And have a positive attitude to achieve your goals.” She is the perfect example of backing up her words with her actions, and we can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us this year and beyond.
VIDEO OF SAMKELISIWE
Zamathonsi Makhethini, now in Grade 10 at Alexandra High School, earning the scholarship to attend was shock. However, while in Grade 7 she excelled in all her classes, earning high marks in all. There was no trick to her success, simply sitting near the front of the class to ensure that she heard the teachers properly combined with hard work ensured that she succeeded. Unfortunately, the large class sizes frustrated Zamathonsi in her efforts to have a better working relationship with her teachers, as she was always trying to learn more and do better. Zamathonsi’s years in Grade 8 and 9 went well, with fellow learners and staff helping with the transition from Grade 7 to Grade 8, but Grade 10 presents a new challenge for learners at Alex High as the courses get tougher with the introduction of physics, but there is also more competition between learners for the best grades. All this has done is fuel Zamathonsi to work even harder to get the grades and the spot that she deserves. She has been able to greatly enjoy her subjects at Alex thus far, and her favourites are: Life Sciences, Zulu, Life Orientation, Geography, and Arts. For example, Arts is the subject that allows Zamathonsi to express herself fully, and drawing also doubles as her favourite hobby. When she isn’t in class learning, or drawing, you will find Zamathonsi on the hockey field playing the sport that she loves; later in the year you might also find her on the netball court. Intent on continuing her scholastic achievements beyond high school Zamathonsi intends to go to university where she can study to be a nurse or a neurologist and then work with children. Thinking back her fellow students attending Slangspruit Primary School, she has this to say “All I can is work hard; don’t worry about what other people say about you”. Alexandra High is lucky to have such a dedicated student grace their halls.