Pupil tops UCT Saturday classes

2015-11-03 06:00
High-achieving Wittebome High School pupil Daniella Bushiri and deputy principal Raymond Trew at an awards ceremony.

High-achieving Wittebome High School pupil Daniella Bushiri and deputy principal Raymond Trew at an awards ceremony.

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A Grade 12 pupil at Wittebome High School has topped her class at a weekend school programme held at UCT.

Daniella Bushiri enrolled in the UCT Shawco Saturday School Programme at the beginning of this year.

Deputy principal of Wittebome High School Raymond Trew says the programme runs for 40 weeks and they cover subjects like Mathematics, English Home Language, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Accounting.

“Fifty previously disadvantaged schools participate and 217 Grade 12 pupils were enrolled in January,” he says.

Daniella topped this class as she received top awards for English Home Language and Physical Sciences. In Mathematics she received the award for most improved pupil and came second in the subject.

She is one of a few participants who recorded 100% attendance.

“To add to this accolade, she topped her matric class at school and took academic honours, our highest award for all her subjects – even Afrikaans First Additional Language,” Trew says.

Bushiri says she surprised herself with her achievements throughout the programme at UCT.

“I never expected to do so well because I went in with a mindset that I would not be able to achieve what I wanted to. Once I stopped underestimating myself and my capabilities I surprised myself,” she says.

She says her parents keep her motivated and are the ones who have always supported and empowered her and her siblings.

“I appreciate their support as I am not someone who wants to stagnate. I want to achieve my goals and therefore when it comes to my schoolwork I work hard,” she says.

Bushiri hopes to study Biological Technology or Chemical Engineering next year.

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