Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Linda Guiricich's speech - Prize giving at St Mary, 27 oct 2012

Linda is the Community affairs director at St Mary’s school

“The Alexandra High Schools project was started in 1990 at St Mary’s.  We are proud of the contribution we make to help learners and educators from Alexandra and of the projects we run for our neighbourhood schools.
We aim to assist the Alexandra learners to gain a variety of skills, improve their written and spoken English ,improve their subject marks and gain acceptance into tertiary educational institutions.

Some of the highlights of 2012 include :
-The trip to the Grahamstown Scifest with St David’s College for top matriculants:
-5 matric girls joining St Mary’s on their Maths camp, in Rustenburg:
- Nkosinathi Zwane winning a bursary from Zenprop for 2013:

Lucas Manica
- our Dux scholoar from 2011, Lucas Manica who obtained 7 distinctions , being accepted at the African Leadership Academy:
-Valentia Gadebe from Grade 10 Going to Italy on a Mathematics camp:
-Paulina Ramodisa winning R5 000 in the Nedbank Cell C “Take a girl child to work” competition:
- 19  matriculants being conditionally accepted at universities,
_ 64 mentors from the Johannesburg community assisting the project on a voluntary basis, 24 from Standard bank
- our Grade 10 educator Physical Science monthly educator workshops run by Rosinah Mosoeu and Nicci Glanville.
- R100 000 in bursaries available for Alexandra learners who have been on our programme from RATP in France for 2013

Thank you :
To our excellent and dedicated  teaching and administrative staff, who are talented and committed and contribute to the success of the learners

To all those who mentored learners,
UJ student Sihle Lolwana (left) and some of the 2012 mentors
A special thanks to Valerie Hirsch who has done so much to assist the Grade 11 and 12’s over the past 5 years, heading up this programme and Carrie-Ann Barr from Standard bank

To St Mary’s School and staff who have provided classrooms, laboratories, administration assistance, service teams from the student body and teachers for the project and grade 10 enrichment programme.

To Rosinah Mosoeu who is my right hand woman,  THANK YOU
We are delighted today to have Noel Machingawuta from African Equity, Gugu Zulu from Sasol and Andrew Aiken, some of our funders with us today.  Thank you also to Mr Selowa, principal of Kwa-Bhekilanga High School for coming to address us today and Mrs Hugo and Ms King for your support.

To the grade 12’s of 2012, I wish you success:  What is the meaning of this word which attracts the attention of people and inspires them to seek it.  It consists of working hard, being faithful and having true aims.  Success is often confused with popularity and results, but few realize that success does not necessitate receiving the admiration of the world.
Set your heart on knowledge, on love, on wisdom and honesty and you will find the only success worth while, peace.
Winston Churchill said  :“Success is not final and failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”.

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