Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment ~Jim Rohn
2015 SPONSORSHIP RECIPIENTS TO ALEXANDRA HIGH SCHOOL
And still, even though this was now the third year of scholarships, parents and their children were still nervous, not taking anything for granted, when called to Mr Msomi's office.
Asanda and Mphilonhle couldn't stop smiling and that included their parents! Asanda's dad came along and has been more than fully involved every step of the way with his son's education, with the very high incidence of 'absent fathers' in South Africa, having a dad so thoroughly involved is a delight and has a positive impact on his son's achievements.
Mpilo is currently in Grade 9, and is thriving in the challenging environment of Alexandra High School. Upon being told that she earned the scholarship Mpilo almost jumped up in the classroom out of sheer joy, and this was after her mother repeatedly told her to keep listening for when the announcement would be made, as she was convinced that Mpilo would be one of the students who earned it. Her family was also ecstatic, offering numerous congratulations because she is the first child to receive a scholarship. Grade 9 is welcome challenge for Mpilo because it is enabling her to continue growing academically and personally, especially as the workload continues to increase. Currently, her favourite subjects at school are Technology, isiZulu, and EMS. After all, one of her current career choices is that of a chartered accountant. Outside of class Mpilo is currently enjoying swimming, both to stay in shape, but also as a fun way to exercise. For Grade 7 students seeking to follow her to Alexandra High, Mpilo says that, much as she has, they must work hard, and have respect not only for those around them, but for themselves and to take pride in who they are and where they come from.
When Asanda Ncobo, now in Grade 9, finished Grade 7 at Slangspruit Primary School, he was treated to some news: he would be attending Alexandra High School in nearby Pietermaritzburg on a scholarship for academic excellence. “I was over excited, even my mom … she sent me to buy airtime” he said, while his mother had called friends and family with the fantastic news that her sons hard work and dedication had paid off. To further emphasize his successes, there were many challenges that Asanda faced, such as jealousy from his peers, but when weighed against the scholarship to Alex, the scholarship won out by a landslide. Now entering his second year at Alex, Asanda’s favourite subjects in high school are: natural sciences, technology and arts and culture. When he is outside of the classroom, Asanda’s chief hobby is drawing, and he draws whatever comes to mind, which is what drew him to Alex High’s Arts Club, where students paint, draw, and create sculptures. Gazing beyond high school, Asanda has set his eyes on being a doctor, which fits his favourite courses well. For learners who are aiming to be in Asanda’s place in a few years‘ time, he has some words of wisdom for these learners: it is important to “work hard, study hard [and] education comes first” and that they must “respect themselves, others, their peers, [and] teachers.” With sage advice like this, it’s no wonder that Asanda was a recipient of Ukulapha’s scholarship.
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