Hlumelo’s mid-year report is pleasing.
Maths remains steady – his tutor says that he doesn’t have gaps in his knowledge and he has the ability to sustain a good average in this subject if he works hard. Natural Science was up by 8% although he says he is still having trouble with Chemistry. A senior in the hostel has been helping him, hence the improvement.
Afrikaans, History, Design & Tech, Xhosa and Art were all above the class average with good results. The comments from his teachers were also positive, though some feel he could concentrate more and produce even better results.
Hlumelo is in the under 15A Rugby team this year and is very proud of his new boots and can’t stop looking at them.
Please join our SACS ’69 Function at The Brodie Room at 05:00pm on Wednesday 7 June 2017.
We will bid farewell and thank Ken Ball for all his help. He will speak about SACS and share his thoughts about its future. You will have the chance to meet our very impressive Trust scholar, Hlumelo Ntweni, who has absolutely flourished under the Mentorship of Tessa Smit.
And of course, it will be great for us to gather together once again!
Please RSVP by 31 May to Zanel Vosloo –Academic@apt.co.za
Tel: 027 21 761 3468
Fax: 086 219 0881
Message from Hlumelo’s Mentor – Tessa Smit
Please see below a letter from Hlumelo – I hope it warms your heart the way it did mine!
Hlumelo is thriving and just loving being part of the SACS family. Even more so now, after a year, I think he is a great candidate and will continue to make the most of his scholarship.
I am really pleased with his year-end report.
I am happy to see that his speedily organised extra Maths lessons paid off with an increase in his Maths mark by 6%. I think it will be a good thing to continue with the extra lessons for a while so that he can get his marks up to 70%+. Victoria Jacobs, the tutor, has confirmed that he has a good Maths brain so I think we can expect more progress in Grade 9 next year.
Thank you for all you have done for Hlumelo this year and for giving me the opportunity to work with him – I have so enjoyed it and am looking forward to next year.
I wish you all a blessed Christmas season and a happy and healthy 2017.
Message from Hlumelo
This year has been filled with never-to-forget moments and new experiences. It’s been a life changing experience here at SACS and I have enjoyed it. The year started off slow and it was challenging but as the year progressed I started to understand my schoolwork, understand instructions in sport and understand our school motto, Spectemur Agendo.
Hostel life has been another shift and enjoyable moment in my high school career. I now have made life long friends and tasted different kinds of food which I now regard as my favourites, which have now put me 10kgs in front of where I was a year earlier.
The teachers here at SACS have been ever so humble and shared a helping hand whenever I was in need. They have motivated me in improving my marks and helping me understand the new work and finding my way through this magnificent school.
My coaches have taught me how to focus, both physically and mentally on different parts of my game-play. I’ve grown as a person from my coaches instructions and knowledge and have made me a better person.
I am ever so thankful and humbled whenever I have to compose a letter of thanks or describing my term for the 1969 Old Boys because I can’t express how thankful and appreciative I am of this great scholarship which I have been given. It’s a blessing from God and a great opportunity to better my life for the good and I promise to use it to make the Union proud.
With thanks from Hlumelo Ntweni.
We are very excited to report that Hlumelo has Passed Grade 8 with an Average Mark of 76,8%.
He has maintained good marks throughout the year and the 76,8% compares to the previous term’s marks of 76,9% and shows an excellent improvement from his mid-Year mark of 71,1%%.
All except one of his marks are above the Grade Average and, on the one, he missed out by only 2%.
Also exciting are his highest subject marks of 97% and 90% and even his worst mark of 66% is perfectly acceptable.
This was the last game of the season – U14A.
SACS beat Wynberg and Hlumelo scored a Try.
Term 2 was a very difficult term in terms of the workload, shuffling sports practices and being injured.
The work was new and a bit of a challenge. Everything was taught so quickly and you had to listen very carefully. Projects were handed out in each subject and the exams started. I couldn’t write my exams due to my injury and got class aggregate for every subject except Math, Geography and Xhosa, so during exams, I would sit down and catch up on work or read a novel. Term 2 brought me closer to my peers and I started feeling comfortable in my surroundings. I quickly adapted to the timetable and tradition of the school. I learnt about every teacher and their personality, what to do and the what not’s.
We started off rugby season with a match against Boland Landbou and Paarl Gym and lost by a mere point or two. After those fixtures, we had to play Bishops, our arch rivals in the Southern Suburbs. We scored three tries in the first half and missed all our conversions to make it 15-0. We were determined we would win, coming into the second already looking too far out of their reach. Bishops came back with three tries and one conversion to make it 15-17 to them. Next, we had to play Rondebosch and beat them in a close fixture 27-5. Paul Roos were our next opposition and we suffered a 20-7 loss. I got injured in that match and fractured my humerus and was out for 6 weeks. I luckily, only missed the Wynberg and St Stithians fixture and was lucky enough to go to Johannesburg.
I had never been on a plane before and had never been to Joburg so on my way to the airport I was shivering and nervous. I boarded the plane and the jet engines rumbled and was told to chew gum so that my ears wouldn’t pop, but to my disappointment, this was a failed attempt. We landed at about 10am and took a Gautrain to our destination, Sandton. We stayed at the City Lodge for the first day and got separated and sent to our hosts. All of our hosts were from St Stithians and they were kind and obviously rich. We had a braai the next day at my host’s friend’s house and I got the opportunity to go on a helicopter. It was filled with a lot of adrenaline rush and made my whole journey to a new province enjoyable.
The hostel was another adventure and a new chapter in my life. At first, it was hard making friends and getting used to the different and somewhat foreign cuisine but I quickly adapted and started enjoying hostel. The bond it formed with you and your peers was extraordinary and you felt safe when laying down to watch the setting sun. Hostel life is still an adventure and making new friends and being together makes me feel part of the school. I had a few arguments about the rules and regulations but quickly came to the realisation of why they were set.
It’s a privilege being part of the SACS family and I’m enjoying every moment of it.
I thank you SACS 1969 Trust for putting me in this position and a better atmosphere for me to further my education. As for my arm, it’s completely healed and I’m back to the starting hooker for the U14A’s.
SACS 69 Trust Trustees Brian Fuchs, Peter Bourne and Dirk Kemp with “Our Man in Grade 8”, Hlumelo (out of uniform because he was rushing off to play Basketball). He also plays Rugby and we look forward to watching him play.
Trevor Fish has kindly arranged for our Scholars to be mentored by Tessa Smit of the Spirit Foundation, which has a great track record in this field and also looks after the John Ince Scholars.