Local matrics beat the odds and tragedy

2016-01-13 06:00
Marco Fourie of Cillié High School has been working since Grade 9 to help supplement his single mom’s income and save for his tertiary studies. He hopes to qualify as a teacher. Photo: Theo Jeptha

Marco Fourie of Cillié High School has been working since Grade 9 to help supplement his single mom’s income and save for his tertiary studies. He hopes to qualify as a teacher. Photo: Theo Jeptha

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AMONG the many inspiring stories of beating the odds to achieve success in this year’s matric exams are those of Marco Fourie (18) of Cillié High School and Robyn Piedt (17) of St Thomas Senior Secondary School in Gelvandale.

Both Marco and Robyn are living proof that one can rise above tragedy and one’s circumstances and achieve success.

Marco, of Holland Park, has been working since Grade 9 to not only save money for his tertiary studies but also help supplement his single mom’s income.

These past holidays he was again at his post at Trade Value in Korsten to earn enough money for his registration fees at NMMU where he has been accepted for a BA Degree in Geography. He plans to become a teacher.

“I am the oldest of four and my brothers and sisters are 13, 10 and 9 years old. Half of my salary goes towards our household expenses and the rest I save to pay the registration fees. The other fees I will save up during the rest of the year,” said Marco.

Marco achieved an average of 80,5% in the record exam, and despite struggling in the final exams, he managed to retain his distinctions in tourism and mathematics.

His dream of becoming a teacher was inspired by one of his own teachers.

“Mr Ludick, my life orientation teacher, always said ‘nothing in life is for free - one has to work hard for it’ and ‘one cannot expect to start at the top.’ I am not scared to work hard for that which I would like to achieve in life,” Marco said.

Another learner who has risen above tragedy to do well in the exams is Robyn Piedt whose best friend, Lisa, died in a horror accident during the exams. Robyn’s marks were above 90% and she is the top learner of the Bay’s northern areas.

She says one should aim high and keep one’s eye on the goalpost, while remembering that the
needs of others are often bigger than your own.

“Even if she is writing an exam the next day, she will still spend time to first help her friends who are struggling to ensure that they do well too,” said her mom Filida Piedt.

Robyn achieved distinctions in all seven her subjects.

“Discipline and the determination to achieve success is all one needs to achieve success. Set yourself a goal and do not lose sight of it,” said Robyn. This avid hockey player was also head girl of her school and served on the junior
city council.

This year she will
study medicine at the University of Stellenbosch and hopes to become a paediatrician.

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