Parents concerned about Tristan studying so hard, eating little

2017-01-11 06:01
Lindsay Dampies from Salsoneville is proud of his eldest daughter, Tristan, who achieved six distinctions in the recent matric examination. PHoto: ROSLYN BAATJIES

Lindsay Dampies from Salsoneville is proud of his eldest daughter, Tristan, who achieved six distinctions in the recent matric examination. PHoto: ROSLYN BAATJIES

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HER parents fought with her to get her to eat and were somewhat concerned because she was focused only on her exam preparations, but last Thursday, Tristan Dampies of Salsoneville in Port Elizabeth heard that her hard work earned her six distinctions in the 2016 matric examinations.

Tristan, who was Sanctor Secondary School’s deputy head girl last year, achieved distinctions is English Home Language, Afrikaans Additional Language, life orientation, life sciences, business studies and geography.

“I did not expect these results. I have to pinch myself to make sure it is the truth.

“I am very relieved and it feels as if a weight has been lifted from my shoulders.”

According to the former captain of the debate team, she was raised to always persevere in her endeavours.

“During the exam period, our family had financial difficulties, but I kept my wits about myself and concentrated on my preparations.

“My mother, Melanie, motivated me spititually and I maintained my determination to do well because I want to ensure a better life for me and my family.”

Lindsay Dampies described his daughter as disciplined.

“The wall was covered with study timetables and the table with study material. We had to fight with her to eat properly,” said a proud Dampies.

Nadirah Abader, Head of Department for English and Dampies’ teacher since Grade 9, said she was bursting with pride.

“Since I started teaching her, she was a model student. She worked hard, had the right attitude and always had respect for her classmates,” Abader added.

Dampies will be studying journalism at the NMMU.

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