Chilling out is important, so is talking to your teachers

2013-12-31 00:00

VAUGHN Pears, a top IEB achiever from Kearsney College, said building a relationship with your teachers is very important in a successful high school career.

“You don’t want to be in an environment where you’re embarrassed to ask questions,” Vaughn told The Witness.

This bright youngster achieved seven distinctions, in Drama, English, History, Life Orientation, Mathematics, and Advanced Programme Mathematics and Physics.

His tight relationship with his peers at boarding school also helped him, he said.

He believes in maintaining the balance between play and work. As a Drama pupil, plays and performance can take much of his time.

“I needed to do a juggling act,” he said.

He will be studying for a BA majoring in Law.

His friend Edwin Bunge received nine As, in Accounting (94%), Afrikaans 1st Additional Language (89%), Engineering Graphics and Design (99%), English Home Language (90%), Life Orientation (96%), Mathematics (97%), Maths Paper 3 (99%), Physical Sciences (95%) and Advanced Programme Mathematics (85%).

Edwin’s advice to younger pupils was, “Don’t be afraid to get involved in as many things as possible, but you also need to know your limits”.

The community-oriented Edwin won R50 000 for the Makaphutu Children’s Home as part of his strong community service focus and he’d often volunteer there after school.

He also had choir practice and was the head of the Youth Rally Committee and a chairperson of the Marimba band.

Edwin, who will be studying accounting at Stellenbosch University, said he was pleased that his hard work paid off.

Josh Bean, who has eight As in the bag, said one needs leisure time to just chill out in order to avoid “the crash”.

Josh also believes that helping each other is important and having healthy competition amongst friends worked well.

Young golfer Greg Royston achieved nine As. As an SA Schools golf captain and part of KZN Men’s Amateur team, he ranks sixth overall in KwaZulu-Natal.

He said those who are in high school should enjoy life.

“My parents have always encouraged me to dream big. My interest in finance was sparked by a teacher at Kearsney.

“Kearsney has taught me to think out of the box, and also to challenge things and understand everything for myself, not just because I’ve been told something.”

In 2014, Greg will focus on SA amateur golf for the first seven months until university in the U.S. starts during September.

The three boys all mentioned the importance of chilling and hanging out with friends.

• “Rely on God all the time.” – Edwin Bunge.

• “You need friendly competition.”

– Josh Bean.

• “Build a relationship with your teachers.” – Vaughn Pears.

• “Don’t stress too much.”

– Greg Royston.

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