The teachers: part 1

By Drum Digital
09 December 2013

For one of the articles I wrote for YOU, Huisgenoot and DRUM, I was lucky enough to get to interview all of the MySchool Dream School teachers (which, if you’ve been reading my previous blogs, you’ll know often left me totally star struck).

Due to space constraints, we unfortunately couldn’t publish everything I learnt about all these incredible people. So, since I think it would be dreadful to let all the interesting, inspiring, funny things they told me go to waste, I’ve decided to do a blog “mini-series” of sorts, featuring some of the interviews I did with the teachers. I hope you have as much fun reading them as I had interviewing them! Be sure to catch next week’s blog for more.

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ANELE MDODA Presenter

Radio DJ, emcee, author, businesswoman and presenter.

At school I did English, Afrikaans, history and maths (which I was dismal at), accounting and business economics.

In high school I was full of nonsense but the good nonsense. I chose to have proper communication channels with my teachers, it just made life easier and I was active, I did EVERYTHING so it made school fun for me. I tried to be a rebel in Standard 7 but it was not for me 

If I could, I would go back and tell my high-school self “Keep active, the only way you can always be happy with yourself is when you are always happy with yourself. And all the problems in the world are just that problems in the world, not your world. Stress less, love more.

To be like me, you should go to varsity and learn about people, life and tolerance of other people’s backgrounds and opinions. I read a lot and still do. A book a week makes you sharp and worldly. It really does not matter what subjects you take at school.

If I could teach a class at MySchool Dream School, I would teach history or English.I loved those subjects at school. I always say if I didn't become a broadcaster I would teach high school English and History.

Click here for more on Anele.

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JOHAN VOLSTEEDT Headmaster

Former teacher and headmaster of Grey College in Bloemfontein.

At school I did Afrikaans, English, Latin, life sciences, history and business studies.

In high school I was I was a very average student. I really enjoyed school and cricket. I played for the first team.

If I could, I would go back and tell my high-school self not to fret so much about the demands of every day, but to enjoy every school day, enjoy the company of friends,  enjoy the life lessons available each day.

To be like me, you should take a language such as English or Afrikaans because education is all about communication. Teachers touch the future.

At MySchool Dream School, I want to teach the kids that there is always hope and that every person must pursue that which he/she is passionate about. To never give up on your hopes and aspirations. To believe in yourself – I have a poster in my office which reads: “I know I’m somebody ‘cause God don’t make no junk”.

Read my blog on Mr Volsteedt here.

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PHILIP BOYD Dance

Former professional ballet dancer, now the CEO of Dance For All

At school I did all the normal subjects as well as music appreciation and anatomy history of the theatre.

In high school I was a very hard worker, I was not really that interested in subjects that I had no interest in. I liked English, and I liked history, I was interested in anatomy and music, hopeless at maths and my father was a mathematician! I was much more interested in the arts and all forms of the arts.

If I could, I would go back and tell my high-school self: “Work even harder than I did especially in those subjects that did not interest us.

To be like me, you should have a good basic knowledge of all dance forms. A professional dancer has to be able to do all forms of dance styles. Every dance student should have some good basic classical ballet training as this builds the right muscles and strength. If a student is keen to have dance training and this is not possible at a school then they would have to enrol with a dance studio and have dance training at least three to four times per week. Gaining a technique of dance vocabulary is of the utmost importance for any dance student.

At MySchool Dream School, I want to teach the kids to have a little understanding of what a ballet dancer has to do and what is expected of a ballet dancer’s training. One of the most important things I want to teach them is this strict discipline one has to have as a dancer and a drive and a determination not to give up and also not to be lazy in life. Whatever one wants in life, one has to work extremely hard to achieve.

Click here for more on Philip. phoca_thumb_l_learners_with_goldberg DENIS GOLDBERG History Former anti-apartheid activist 

I am inspired by the injustice of apartheid. They taught us at school to respect people – but we didn’t respect all people. I grew up during WW2, when we sent black soldiers to fight racism in Europe, but tolerated racism at home. For a 10-year-old in 1943 that made no sense.

In high school I was I was a clever little devil. I was so very young – I matriculated at age 16. Socially, I think being younger was probably not good for me. When I got to university, I was a teenager among young adults. All I could do was kick a rugby ball to get rid of my frustrations.

If I could, I would go back and tell my high-school self something I first heard in a song I listened to in prison, by Kenneth McKellar. It goes, “Keep right on till the end of the road, keep right on till the end. Though the road be long, let your heart be strong, keep right on to the end.”

At MySchool Dream School, I want to teach the kids about apartheid. They don’t know anything about it, and their parents don’t talk about it. I really want them to understand where they’ve come from so they can make a judgement about how far they’ve come. I want them to be able to dream about what South Africa could be like and should be like, in terms of its humanity – regardless of race.

Click here for more on Denis.

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KAREN DUDLEY Home economics

Owner of The Kitchen in Woodstock, Cape Town

At school I did history, English, and biology, all of which I loved. I was awful at maths!

In high school I was I was a good B student, I worked quite hard. I enjoyed school and I made some incredible friendships.

If I could, I would go back and tell my high-school self: “It’s not necessarily about getting the As, as long as you pass well and enjoy yourself.”

To be like me, you should do subjects that are useful and helpful to you – such as business or economics. And history, to give you a better understanding of the world.

At MySchool Dream School, I want to teach the kids that they need to have something to believe in. They need to know that all things are possible. Often kids from difficult backgrounds struggle with that.

Click here for more on Karen.

YOU’s Kirstin Buick went on the set of Dream School and got a bird’s eye view of the goings-on. Keep an eye on her weekly blog for exclusive behind-the-scenes info, and check out YOU, Huisgenoot and Drum every week for more on the kids and teachers.

Catch  MySchool Dream School every Sunday at 5 pm on M-Net, M-Net HD, Mzanzi Magic and M-Net Series Channel.

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