Russell High honours matrics

2015-11-11 06:00
PHOTO: supplied  At the event senior prize giving (from left) Russell High Grade 12 pupil Ashley Voges (dux), Ncedo Ngcobo (guest speaker) and Jean Rose (principal).

PHOTO: supplied At the event senior prize giving (from left) Russell High Grade 12 pupil Ashley Voges (dux), Ncedo Ngcobo (guest speaker) and Jean Rose (principal).

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RUSSELL High recently held its annual senior prize giving to honour outstanding achievements by their matriculants.

Guest speaker was Ncedo Ngcobo, who is doing matric at Maritzburg College.

Russell High principal Jean Rose said that it is important for the school to show its pupils that their hard work is recognised and appreciated.

“Russell High is a very old school - about 137 years old. Every year we have a senior prize- giving event.

“This year I found a nice young man, Ncedo Ngcobo, who is writing matric at Maritzburg College. He is interested in becoming a motivational speaker and his presentation was excellent,” said Rose.

Russell High dux Ashley Voges said that from Ncedo’s speech she learnt a powerful lesson about the dangers of procrastination, and how to reach your dreams.

“The girls work hard and somewhere along the line their parents need to come and feel proud of their children.

“Whatever they worked hard for will get recognised­ with an award. We have not only academic­ awards, but an array of awards,” said Rose.

Some of the awards presented include Russell High Ubuntu award for a pupil who promotes human relations and cares about others, the Georgie Wedgewood award is for a pupil with a positive attitude, commitment and dedication to the school and the Nicole Green-Thompson trophy for a pupil who displays qualities­ of humility, unselfishness, hope, strength of character and a genuine love of learning, to mention a few.

With the final matric examinations under way, Rose said she is proud that the Russell High matriculants have been trained to take on exam and studying challenges.

“Our matrics were trained before they started their exams so they know what to expect and are not nervous. We wish them all the best.”

Ashley said that next year she plans to go to medical school.

“I plan on doing medicine because I love the medical field. My dream was to go enrol at St George’s Medical School, but I don’t think that will happen because their fees are very expensive. I am hoping to get accepted at Wits University where I have applied for bursaries and scholarships. Once I am done with my matric exams­ I will do volunteer and extra community work,” said Ashley.

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