Cultivation to the mind is as necessary as food to the body ~Mariam Wright Edelman
This was a banner year for Ukulapha's Scholarship Program as we managed to secure enough funds for 4 grade 7 learners to win scholarships to Alexandra High School.
The students had no idea they were receiving scholarships until their parents were called to Slangspruit Primary School to receive the good news!
And so 3 girls and 1 boy were the proud and most deserving recipients of full scholarships.
There was much joy and excitement for both the deserving students as well as their parents!
Mr Msomi sends for the parents, and even though this is the 4th year of awarding scholarships, they are all nervous thinking that their children have misbehaved!
Pictured is Alexandra High School Principal Andrew Graaf and Slangspruit Primary School Headmaster
Mr Msomi with (L-R) Siyabonga Mbini, Zusiphe Kwatsha, Nolwazi Ntsimbi and Phumelele Tuku
2016 SPONSORSHIP RECIPIENTS TO ALEXANDRA HIGH SCHOOL
Siyabonga Mbini is currently in Grade 8 at Alexandra High School on the scholarship that he earned. Just two terms into his first year of high school, he is working just as hard as he was when he was working for the scholarship. When he was informed that he had earned the scholarship he was “astonished” and his family “were very happy, they thanked the Lord” that their sons’ academic success was recognized and rewarded. For many, schoolwork is never the foremost priority, for myriad reasons, but for Siyabonga, schoolwork was always the priority and he found that where he had the will, he could find the way. After only a term, Siyabonga’s favourite classes at Alex are: Life Orientation, Natural Sciences, Arts and Culture, and technology. It is due to the quality of his teachers who ensure that learning is both disciplined and fun for the learners in their classes. Outside of class, Siyabonga can found on the cricket pitch, which is much harder than it looks, or on the soccer field, where he plays almost every position. Gazing forward, Siyabonga is very interested to see just how difficult physics is firsthand. Following the end of his high school career Siyabonga hopes to start his university career in the field of astronomy, where he hopes to eventually become an astronomer. For students who are striving to follow in his footsteps, Siyabonga says that they must find a balance between studying and working hard, but also taking time to explore themselves, and of course, have fun. You can’t succeed without first exploring your potential, which is what Siyabonga is doing and will keep doing until he maps the stars.
Zusiphe Kwatsha has just received a scholarship to attend Alexandra High School starting in the 2016 school year. Hearing this news at the end of Grade 7 was something both expected and unexpected for her, however, it also meant that all of her hard work had paid off. A humble learner, Zusiphe downplayed the amount of work that she had to put in to earn the grades to get the scholarship, but when the entire grade is competing for the same scholarship, earning the scholarship is no mean feat. Thus far, Alex High has been meeting Zusiphe’s expectations as a beautiful school that is academically challenging and rewarding for her effort in thanks to the support of her friends with whom she studied for exams. Even if the teachers are sometimes strict with the learners, Zusiphe has praise, and even has an interesting tale about a teacher motivating learners to get to class on time: one of her teachers will play a song, and if the song is finished and you aren’t in your seat, you get in trouble for being tardy. Following her first term, Zusiphe’s favourite subject is Maths, and she enjoys everything about the subject, even if it can be challenging at times. Outside of class, Zusiphe enjoys playing netball and is involved with the school’s eco-club; which is a club that promotes environmental awareness, and whose members perform activities such as recycling, picking up papers (inside school grounds and outside), and encouraging their fellow students at Alex to do the same. When Zusiphe is finished at Alexandra High, she aims at studying Maths at University. For those following in her footsteps Zusiphe offers this advice: “my advice to them is to work very hard. Always focus on your work, especially when you are in exam period. It is very difficult…”After all, studying isn’t always fun or exciting, but when you are as motivated as Zusiphe is, it is easier done than said.
Nolwazi Ntsimbi has just finished her first term of Grade 8 at Alexandra High School after earning the scholarship to attend Alex in her previous school year. When she was told about her success, she was both excited and nervous; equally impressive is that she was able to accomplish her academic goals with little support beyond her own effort. Nolwazi’s transition to Alex has gone smoothly, with her teachers and fellow learners helping her feel welcome at the school. Her favourite subject at school is Maths, and loves “everything” about it. Either in the following term or in Grade 9, Nolwazi intends to take a few breaks from studying by joining the Eco-club so that she can learn more about how to take care of her environment. Upon the completion of high school, Nolwazi is determined to study even harder so that she can be a doctor. Eager to share her own experiences with her fellow learners from Slangspruit Primary, Nolwazi encourages them to focus on their schoolwork, to work hard on their schoolwork and to not entertain other things. There is little wonder why Nolwazi Ntsimbi earned herself the scholarship to attend Alexandra High School with a mentality like that.
Phumelele Tuku has just entered Grade 8 at Alexandra High School after earning the scholarship to attend the school. This was not a case of luck, but of consistent hard work and the sacrificing of social activities to ensure that she got the grades needed. Her friends and family were beyond excited to hear the news of her success. Transitioning from primary school to high school is never easy, even in the best circumstances, and for Phumelele it is no different, however; the support she received from Alex staff was incalculable, “the teachers were friendly, the students were friendly. They take good care of children” she said, which is fantastic news for anxious learners about to attend Alex. Her favourite subjects at Alex are Afrikaans, Arts and Culture, and Life Orientation (LO). Afrikaans is hard, but fun, while in LO, learners are able to go outside, with activities such as swimming; Arts and Culture is enjoyable because it offers Phumelele the opportunity to be creative and use her hands creatively. Outside of class Phemelele is a member of the eco-club, which promotes environmental awareness and accountability to the student body, and she is hoping to play hockey in the near future. After Phumelele is finished high school, her goal is to study hard at university so that she can become a lawyer or a psychologist in order to work towards a crime-free society. For students seeking to follow in her footsteps, Phumelele has this to say “they must work hard, never let anyone let them down. They have to keep chasing their dreams until they achieve them”. Small wonder that she was able to work so hard and to have such far-reaching goals.