Congratulations class of 2019
School can be very challenging for many of our beneficiaries. This can caused by their traumatic backgrounds. It wasn’t easy but they made it. The class of 2019 made us proud with their school grades. Our houseparents are proud to share that they’ve seen great academic improvement in our children. With the support from tutors, teachers, volunteers, schools and houseparents, our children were able to unlock their academic potential.
Grade 12, for a child in our care, can be very daunting and thoughts of uncertainty can creep in because they are not sure what will happen to them after matric. Nonetheless, they soldier on and do their best. We were surprised with some distinctions and admissions for university and diploma studies. Today a number of our matriculants are preparing to go to university, college, a skills centre; others have secured internships and are part of training programmes. One such beneficiary is Eugenia*.
Eugenia just passed her matric and now finds herself in a new home with new friends and a part of a referee training programme – a plot twist she did not see coming. This young lady has moved to a youth development home and is part of the South African Football Association (SAFA) Referees Programme. “It’s beautiful to watch this once unruly teen become this beautiful and focused young woman. Eugenia had a problem with authority and this was because she felt she could not rely on adults and felt the need to “fend” for herself and siblings”, says Social worker Sheree Coetzee. Eugenia looks forward to one day refereeing a big soccer match such as the Soweto Derby.
Like Eugenia, we have other matriculants that are going after their dreams. In a few years, we will be looking forward to attending graduation ceremonies and celebrating our children as they become chefs, engineers, teachers, hotel managers, person persons and the like.
We also want to celebrate our other beneficiaries who did well academically. Our children needed help and many hands reached out to assist. The extra classes, tutoring, volunteer and parental help made a huge difference in our children’s lives. Many went from struggling with certain subjects to achieving above and beyond the average mark.
Grade 1 pupil, Christa* from the Bermuda satellite home, was struggling with her reading and writing. But, after attending afternoon classes, her reading has improved and she can now read faster. Bella, Nia and Gerda* from our Benoni satellite home, were all struggling with Mathematics Literacy and Mathematics. Their marks were way below 50% but with the help of their housefather, Pierre Jacobs, the girls’ marks improved significantly and they plan to do better this year.
Thank you to the tutors, teachers, volunteers and parents that supported our children academically last year. The difference made by your involvement is immense and appreciated.
Class 2020 awaits! Among them, pupils who are embarking on a new and exciting journey. For some it’s the beginning or a new chapter of their school career and for others, it’s the beginning of their prospects for the future.
*Not their real names