Linkside learner ends school career with 100% attendance

2015-10-21 06:00
Heine Vorster receives the Bob and Odette Schlumphf trophy for 100% attendance and stands here with Buks Groenewald from Kabega Park Primary (left) and James Hay, Principal of Linkside High School.                            
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Heine Vorster receives the Bob and Odette Schlumphf trophy for 100% attendance and stands here with Buks Groenewald from Kabega Park Primary (left) and James Hay, Principal of Linkside High School. Photo:SUPPLIED

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WHEN Linkside High School matric pupil, Heine Vorster, thinks back at his school years, he will have much more to think about than any other learner. That’s because in his 12 years of school, Heine has never missed a day.

At his final prize giving, which took place last Wednesday, Heine thought he was having a case of déjávu when his primary school teacher walked on stage.

The teacher in question was Buks Groenewald from Heine’s previous school, Kabega Park Primary. In grade 7, he received a prize for 100% attendance and Groenewald was the one to hand it over.

“It was quite a surprise seeing him there,” said Heine. Not only did Groenewald hand over Heine’s prize, but he also made good on a five-year-old promise: If Heine were to get 100% attendance at high school he would get R500.

“I never thought he would actually do it, but it was really special to have him there,” Heine said.

To Groenewald, no monetary value can be added to Heine’s 12-year achievement. “When I made that promise, I knew that he would achieve it, because he has strong vigour,” said Groenewald.

According to Heine, the “vigour” he displayed, wasn’t constant, because there were days when the urge to go school wasn’t as strong.

“Going to school everyday can become monotonous and so I have thought of staying at home, but my mother always said: ‘If you’re too sick to go to school, you’re too sick to play Xbox’.”

So it is with thanks to his mother’s emphatic rules that Heine was able to achieve 100% attendance.

His mother’s rearing has also seen his brothers, Nicki and Ruen, achieve 100% attendance at Linkside High

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