Top Two at Maritzburg College

Dear Readers,

And life must go on, a maxim that applies in so many areas. This month you will notice a particular density of articles and pics of school goers. This is our nod to all the matrics out there who are writing final exams, and this, despite a future at University in turmoil and tertiary education by no means a ticket to a job.

In a speech at one of our esteemed High School Speech Days Dr Sizwe Mabizela (Vice Chancellor Rhodes Univeristy) ended his thought-provoking word with “ I’m pointing out these challenges, not with an intention to depress you but to challenge each one of you, men of this esteemed school, to make a difference. Please do not emigrate from South Africa. This is where you can make a real and tangible difference. Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu, always reminds us that our country is a scintillating success waiting to happen! You can make it happen.”

We imagine that this was a recurring theme at every High School Speech day this month.

We wish you plain sailing and reward for the hours you have put into this stage of your lives. You are the future of this country!

Phillippa and Caroline

And just one of the School features: illustrated Learner Excellence in duplicate …

At the annual Speech Day and matric prize-giving ceremony at Maritzburg College on Friday, James Godfrey walked away with top honours. His twin brother, Michael Godfrey was awarded a Merit Certificate, and The Prize for Achievement in Academics and Sport. Both boys served as prefects of the school in 2016 and were extremely valued members of the 1st XI hockey team.

DUX of Maritzburg College, James Godfrey. DSC 0348 James (left) and Michael Godfrey. Photo credit: Carol De Matteis

DUX of Maritzburg College, James Godfrey. DSC 0348 James (left) and Michael Godfrey.
Photo credit: Carol De Matteis

Five Pillars
The Mike Brown 5 Pillars award went to James Godfrey, a young man who fulfils the criteria of excellence in academics, leadership, service, sport & culture. James Godfrey has been fully involved and his achievements are outstanding. He has an admirable work ethic which culminated in his being awarded Honours for Academics. He has also been a very committed sportsman and represented the 1st Hockey team. He was awarded Colours & Scarf for hockey & he was selected for the KZN Inland u18B team for which he was the vice-captain. He also played golf and captained the 2nd team. His fine leadership and service have been evident as a Prefect & House Captain. His involvement as a Peer Tutor was appreciated. On the cultural front, he has been a loyal member of Speakers’ Circle.

The top academic spot was closely contested between Kavish Allopi and James Godfrey and the competition ensured that they extended themselves. In the end, James Godfrey emerged as the Dux.
His attentive attitude in class, his determination & self-discipline, his masterful time-management skills and his humility are admirable attributes. He has been a superb role model.
It is with delight that we announce that Pretoria University has offered James a special award to the value of R7 500 on his arrival on campus.
James was awarded the following: A Merit Certificate, The Price Waterhouse Coopers’ Prize for Accounting, The PKF Prize for Economics, The Northstar Scholarship Prize of R10 000 towards tertiary study for excellence in Accounting & Economics, The joint Prize for Afrikaans, The Prizes for Mathematics and Physical Science, The Mike Brown 5 Pillars Award, the First National Bank Prize and the Levinsohn Trophy for the DUX of Maritzburg College.