HOWICK High head boy Brendon Fourie (18) was thrilled to hear that he had earned eight distinctions in his matric exams. “I’m actually quite shocked. I thought I might get a few, but eight is well — that’s very cool!” The popular pupil got academic colours last year and also received extra colours for a number of extramural activities. His teachers praised his ability to participate in a range of activities, which made him a likeable member of the school. Fourie lived with his younger sister in a local townhouse complex while his parents worked in rural areas, without parental or teacher supervision during the week. Rob Langley, the headmaster, said: “Brendon consistently put in the work required to make him a good example to others. As an active member of the squash team, drama club and gavel club, he was able to balance his social life with his academic commitments.” Fourie said: “I was able to focus on my studies from the beginning of the year, but at the same time I also took advantage of every opportunity that came my way. Glory must go to God for leading me and supporting me. I never felt at any stage that it was getting on top of me.” Fourie plans to study commerce at UCT next year, and has been offered a bursary by PwC.