We welcome our newest bursary scholar Thabang Dube. Thabang completed his primary school education at Northcliff Primary, and will now be attending De La Salle Holy Cross College. Thabang lives in Windsor with his Mom and Dad. Thabang’s favourite subject is Mathematics and he enjoys playing hockey.
Tawana was Head Girl at Citykidz School in her Grade 7 year and has an over 85% academic average. She enjoys playing netball and singing in the choir. Tawana lives with her Mom – who is a teacher – and her younger brother. Tawana is very well spoken and friendly, but can be reserved as well. Her ambition is to be a cardiologist one day.
A Letter From Tawana
I have to admit, the first day of high school was nerve-wracking! I was so used to my tiny wonderland at CityKidz, but looking back on the past few weeks, I’ve quite enjoyed high school. There were quite a few surprises during those weeks, one of them including orientation. The Grade 12’s made us do the silliest things like wear Alice band ears, name tags and draw whiskers and a mane on our faces. We also had to stick to wall’s and spin around in circles holding up Simba chips packets that we were instructed to carry around everywhere!
I enjoy all my lessons, making new friends and joining cheerleading. I really enjoy cheerlieading, not only because of their very cute uniforms but because I am part of one big, happy “cheer” family. One of the things that really blew my mind was the coffee shop. That meant that I got to sit in the library, drink my cup of coffee and do my online assessment. I almost fainted with joy when I saw all the books in the library. I went for my first mass, swimming gala and swimming trials too – they were extraordinary. I loved every moment of the past weeks.
It’s quite a huge change for me, besides the uniform of course. I’ve never gone to a school with three terms and so many sports teams to choose from. I am interested in tennis but I play terribly. I have also joined the La Sallian Youth Group. I’m happy to say that I have got more than one loving family – I am also part of the Flight Centre Family, the De La Salle Family, the La Sallian Family and the Cheer Family.
Zethu was deputy head girl at Citykidz School last year. She is fairly reserved, but friendly and always well mannered and polite. She lives with her Mom and has two older siblings. She enjoys swimming , netball, drama and choir and would like to be an air traffic controller one day. She is strong academically and maintains at 75%+ average.
A Letter From Zethu
For the past weeks that I have been in High School I expected a lot of complicated subjects, bigger responsibilities and difficult homework but everything was quite the opposite from the expected.
I have experienced a lot of sacrificing time for extra lessons in the morning and extra murals after school but I am proud to say I have tried to manage everything. High School is way different from primary, many things have changed. We are getting used to everything though, including the environment. I am so happy to be at De La Salle Holy Cross College, especially because of all the teachers, students and my friends.
In my class, I am bonded with crazy things but with all those fun moments when it is time to learn everyone is enthusiastic and that is courageous. I look forward to all the years still to come with these people around me. I am very grateful to be at De La Salle.
Sihle was previously at Cliffview Primary, and was a prefect in his Grade 7 year. Sihle is friendly and outgoing, and has a wonderfully positive outlook on life. His Mom is a domestic worker, and his long term goal is to be in a position to help his mom financially. Sihle plays soccer and cricket, and has won merit awards for drama. Sihle attended a cricket clinic at the school and was picked to play in the first match of the season.
A Letter From Sihle
School has been great so far. I have good friends that look after me. The teachers are nice at the school. My favorite subject is History because we learn about the past and see things from their point of view and that we get to eat in class!! My marks have dropped a little but I have to keep working. I’m doing quite well in cricket – it’s been such an amazing season so far. The coaches tell me that I have a talent for cricket but my heart will always be in soccer. I love playing sport but I can’t play sport all the time – I have to focus on school. I seem to know every matric – my favorite matrics are Philani and Stephen because they make me laugh all the time and if I am sad, I go to them and they make me laugh. I am very thankful to Liam’s mom who takes me home when I have cricket or don’t have a lift home.
Victor was Head Boy at Boskop Primary in his Grade 7 year. He has maintained a 90%+ average right through school and hopes to be an entrepreneur one day. He takes part in most sports and cultural activities, ranging from soccer to Irish dancing! He took part in an outreach programme organized by Eagle Canyon Golf club, and they were so impressed with him, that they have extended the invitation for him to play at Eagle Canyon.
A Letter From Victor
Hello Flight Centre Foundation. Thank you for the scholarship, it has been amazing at Trinity. At first I was so scared, wondering how I was going to adapt, but after camp I made many friends and met new people. Things have been happening so fast! I have entered some sports l like tennis, hockey, golf, outreach and chess. As much as I have been doing sports, I have also been focusing on my school work, they are really different from Boskop but I have been managing. The teachers are really amazing – they always make sure that we understand and help us in any way they can. My friends are great and we have so much in common and they are so supportive. Trinity House is awesome and is so supportive.
Melissa was a prefect at Boskop Primary last year in her final year of junior school. Melissa is fairly reserved, and would like to be a Biochemist one day and find the cure for cancer. Melissa lost her mom to cancer 2 years ago. She is being brought up by her Dad, together with her older brother and younger sister. Melissa excels at academics and achieved an 80%+ average in her final year of junior school.
A Letter From Melissa.
“We are running late!” shouted out my Dad. “You don’t want to be late for your new school!” said my dad with a smile on his face, I could tell he was proud to see his first daughter go to high school. I grabbed my bag and ran off to the car that was already running. I sat next to my dad in the passenger seat in silence. I said with a huge smile on my face – “I am nervous, I wish Mommy was here”. “Me too” said my Dad. I put on my favorite radio station to cool me down. I am really a smiley person, I am always happy no matter what even in tough situations I mange to keep up a smiley / happy face. My dad parked close to the reception where Diane and a photography man was. I took my bag and approached Diane and the photography man. I stood in front of the photography man and smiled for the camera. I couldn’t believe this was finally happening, not so long ago I was still in Boskop Primary School wishing I could go to Trinity House High School.
As soon as I was done with the photos my Dad and I entered the school not knowing where to go. We decided to go to the hall – the only place we knew in the school. There was a prefect there and he instructed us to go to the wedge. And that was exactly where we went.
My Dad and I wondered around the school – well I followed him and it seemed as if he knew exactly where to go. As we approached the wedge I saw all the grade 8 students seated on the floor chatting to their friends. I saw my friend Pavana but she was way at the back and I couldn’t go all the way to her through all the other children sitting on the floor. I hesitated to enter the wedge some people were looking at me and I turned back to my Dad and told him I was too nervous. One prefect at the door told me just to go in and sit next to someone. Luckily there was a girl behind me who also seemed to be late on her first high school day. I walked behind her as we entered the wedge. I sat next to people I didn’t know. I just greeted them and spoke to the girl I came into the wedge with.
I was truly excited to have begun on a new clean slate because nobody knew me … not that i am a bad girl … just to start off fresh. We were then taken into the hall where we were all seated. My new principal stood on the stage with a whole speech written for us. I felt so welcome into the school, I felt as if Trinity was exactly where I was supposed to be. As soon as he was done with the intriguingly spectacular speech, we were then told that it was time to be shown the teachers in grade 8. Children from different class lists were called and given a homeroom teacher and a tutor. Names were being called and lines were being formed. Later there was a portion of children left including myself, and surprisingly, Victor. It was then said that the leftover children are in grade 8.2 whose homeroom teacher is Mrs Enslin who was sick and was going to attend school as soon as she gets better.
We were then told our tutor was Mrs Dawson who was always smiling like me .. that was one thing I like about her. She had on glasses and red lipstick and she wore modern clothes which told me exactly what kind of person she was was. She was humble. A strong believer in God (all teachers and students are .. I guess because Trinity is a Christian school). She was a happy and understanding teacher (which is a rare kind). We settled down in her class and we started off with a prayer. That was a beginning of a fantastic five years in Trinity House High School!
That was my first time going into Trinity House in a Trinity House uniform. Ever since its been a fantastic experience. We have been welcomed warmly and with gratitude into Trinity House High School. All the principles have been laid down clearly to us from day one and from then on I knew that the Trinity students and staff / management were proud of their school. Of which I am.
My homeroom teachers name is Mrs Enslin who met later on and is a marvelous teacher who is not strict at all compared to other teachers. She is a humble teacher who expects respect and commitment from each and every student in class. My tutor is Mrs Dawson.
I am enjoying every moment at Trinity House High School thoroughly because 5 years is not a long time, it may sound like it … but it is certainly not.
I am going to start off with the teachers in Trinity House Height School who all seem to be happy to be at a private school with many opportunities for children. All the teachers that teach me all have their own way of teaching which blew my mind away because their teaching strategy is way easier than how it is put in the textbooks. They all expect us to try do our best and when something is not understood to ask questions. I honesty respect all of them for taking their time teaching us things we didn’t know.
My classmates are really great kids who come from disciplined backgrounds and all have a different way of understanding the world. They all have difference character traits which I find cool because they take their time to socialize with different groups.
The new things we are learning in Trinity House are really valuable to my life. We learn how to be proactive and become better people / teenagers. We are taught not to be friend-centered, boyfriend-centered or even school-centered. We should learn to balance / maintain all these things to be have a stable life and be an independent individual. All these things we are learning and change my paradigms (paradigm is a word I learnt from reading a book given to me by LO teacher on how to become better teenagers. Paradigms are the way we see things – your point of view of things / your beliefs – these can create limitations.). We also learnt to create new habits, good ones. I learnt all this in one subject! My favorite subject is Biology – we are learning about microscopes and how to calculate specimens,. The hardest thing now could be having to adapt to a new set of math methods. It seems that the rest of the children in my class expect Victor and I know these methods because they are from the Trinity Prep School and they learn these methods when they were in Grade 7, so that could be the hardest thing at this moment …but I will manage.
My friends are the best – they make school more fun because they make me smile even more. We make a lot of jokes and all we want to do is have fun at school and pass in order to go overseas to study. That is our goal. Trinity House is the beginning of a wonderful life and a secure future. I am enjoying it even more than I imagined. I am grateful for the opportunity that was given to me to be at Trinity House – there is no other school that I’d rather be in.
Nkoki was prevously at Cliffview Primary, and was a prefect in her final year. Nkoki is bubbly and outgoing, and loves sport, in particular hockey and swimming. She has just got her new hockey kit and will be taking part in trials next week, and had her first gala on the 13th January. Her favourite subjects are Maths and Science, and she would love to study Sports Science in the future. She lives with her Mom.
A Letter From Nkoki
Trinity House School is the most amazing school in the world. Since I received the bursary from Flight Centre, I could not wait for the first day. I had so many mixed feelings. I was excited, but I was also scared. The hardest part was saying good-bye to all my friends from Cliffview but my mom told me to see this as a chance to make new friends.
On my first day I was so nervous. Lucky we had already been to meetings to introduce the new grade 8’s and I had made a few friends already. Wearing my uniform for the first time was so exciting. And of course, mom reminded me for the hundredth time to thank God for the blessing. She says I must use this opportunity to chase my dream and one day when I grow up, I must thank God by being a blessing to other people.
The first three days were meant to get us into our classes and introduce us to our teachers. Our prefects who are our Wolves (and we are their cubs) have been very helpful and made these first few days easier. Not only the prefects are amazing, the teachers are the most helpful teachers you will ever find. They explain and make us understand the work. And if I am not sure, they are always available to guide me.
Working on tablets is new to me, but it is the best thing ever because we do have to carry so many books around.
Camp was the best! It was awesome. There were so many fun activities and I had the best time ever. I also made so many friends.
Initiation was fun though we had to do some crazy things. We had to walk around like we are driving a car, so I made a steering wheel from cardboard. The other week I had to dress up a vegetable and carry it around, that was so funny. The hardest part was getting signatures from prefects by doing crazy things they asked us to do like barking at a tree till it barks back or proposing marriage to a certain prefect. In many schools initiation is cruel, but at Trinity it is to build us as part of the team and so they don’t do mean things. I enjoyed it.
At the end of initiation we were inducted as part of the Trinity House school team and the ceremony was very moving and our parents were so proud of us. It meant a lot to us because we were dedicated to the Lord who is the one that guides us through everything.
I have started hockey and I am enjoying it very much. I cannot wait for the hockey tour next year in Australia. I pray I make the team that goes, but I know I will.
We have started our cycle tests and I know I have done well in all of them and the assignments that we have been given.
I will make Flight Centre and my mom proud by doing the best that I can and getting good marks.
Thank you Flight Centre for giving me this opportunity to succeed in life.