Flying from the Loerie’s nest into the future

Balloons are released to symbolise the fleeing from the 'Loeries Nest'. The Loerie features on the school crest

GRANTLEIGH hosted its Grade 12 awards ceremony last week in recognition of the hard work and dedication of their young learners who now enter the last days of their school careers.

The guest speaker at the event was Gaynor Young. The South African stage actress was at the height of her career in 1989 when she fell 18m from the stage during her performance in Camelot at the State Theatre in Pretoria.

Trophy winners were (back) Hilton Hoffman (service to the school, Young Gentleman, IT, Joie de Vivre), Siphosethu Mkhwanazi (isiZulu language), Sajana Nagessur (Young Lady trophy), Stephany Anselmo (best performance in dramatic arts), Phila Maxase (Headmaster’s Shield), Christie-Mari van den Heever (visual arts and visual arts theory), Sameen Akhtar (mathematics, PWC Trophy for commerce and mathematics), Thomas Davidson (Dux, life sciences and physical science), (front) Carmen Singery (dramatic art theory), Chené Prinsloo (service to the community), Tessa Hubble (good fellowship, Loerie Award, Chalice for English, geography and life orientation), Chené van Wyk (mathematical literacy), Amy Symington (engineering, graphics and design), Xolo Sibiya (Triumph Through Adversity), Günther Kelling (runner-up Dux, Afrikaans, advanced programme mathematics, business studies)

Though she survived the accident, she was left severely injured. Extensive brain damage left her paralysed down her right side, she has no hearing in one ear and lost 60% of her eyesight.

Full academic colours were awarded to (back) Christie-Mari van den Heever, Amy Symington, Ruan Janse van Vuuren; (front) Danielle van Onselen, Renita Pillay, Kendra Dean and Adam Becks

Her message to the Grade 12s was not to let their fears limit them, and she received a standing ovation after telling her incredible life story.

Mrs Janet McGrath, Academic Head at Grantleigh, congratulated the group.

Andrew Norris (Grantleigh Executive Headmaster), Mrs Gaynor Young (guest speaker) and Mrs Juriana Filmalter (College Operational Head)

‘I would like to take this opportunity to wish you every success in the finals, and in the years to come.

Academic Honours were awarded to (back) Gerduan Lotz, Gunther Kelling, Tessa Hubble; (front) Jordan Stevens, Hilton Hoffman, Thomas Davidson and Sameen Akhtar

‘Your legacy of ‘Passion, Family and Pride’ will bear fruit in the lives that you have touched at Grantleigh.

‘Special congratulations go to our Proxime Accesit, Günther Kelling, and our Dux, Thomas Davidson, for their outstanding achievements,’ she said.

Dux for 2017, Thomas Davidson, is congratulated by Juriana Filmalter and Andrew Norris


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Laurie Smith

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