Dedication Pays Off for St Boniface

THE secret behind St Boniface College’s success is selfless service with complete dedication around the clock, the school’s principal Mary Phyllis Yesusdan proudly said yesterday.

The Rundu-based private school continues to take the lead in the Grade 12 performance, emerging as the number one performing school in the country, while most of its learners were ranked high. Eight of the top 10 performers in the country are from St Boniface, while the other two are from Rukonga Vision School and Haimbili Haufiku Secondary School.

The Minister of Education David Namwandi yesterday said two of the exceptional performers are from St Boniface.

Alfons Kudumo emerged as the top performer in this category, and deputy Minister of Education Silvia Makgone’s daughter Arabela Makgone, who is also a learner at St Boniface came in at a respectable second place.

Kudumo also came first among the top ten candidates with the best overall performance nationally in six Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary Level Subjects, while Makgone again came second in this category.

Kudumo, who revealed he has plans to study Accounting at the University of Namibia, said he was shocked when he first heard the news that he ranked as the number one pupil in the country. The 19-year-old learner said that he started studying from the first day of school last year. He attributes his success not only to his hard work but also to his teachers who, he said, pushed him to the limit. “Their dedication and hard work is what kept me going,” he said. Kudumo aised other pupils to be self-disciplined and determined in their studies. “Strive to be the best. I have always believed that you should never chase success but study hard and success will be chasing you,” he said.

Speaking to The Namibian yesterday, the school’s principal Yesusdan said that the school has adopted a strict three-hour afternoon class routine that takes place daily. “We work as a team, including planning and executing our strategies,” she said. Yesusdan said that teachers at the school do not get paid for working extra hours but have dedicated their time, including on weekends and public holidays, to offer extra classes to pupils. “We have tests every two weeks and when the results are not good, we go back and evaluate how we can improve,” she said. She explained that the process also involves parents who are actively involved in their children’s progress. She aised other schools to have their plans ready right at the beginning of the first term instead of waiting at the last minute to prepare learners for the finals.

Arabela is out of the country at the moment. Her proud and ecstatic mother told The Namibian that Arabela is considering a career in the aviation industry. Alternatively, she would like to pursue studies in Accounting.

In order to finalise her plans, the clever teenager has decided to invest in a gap year in 2015. In the meantime, she also intends to take a number of Higher Level subjects, the deputy minister said.

One of the star performers of the grade results released by the ministry yesterday is the Grootfontein Agricultural College in the Otjozondjupa region.

Since its relatively recent inception in 2011, this school managed to rank 16th amongst all the schools in the country. This is a drastic improvement from the 143rd position at which it was ranked last year.Upon enquiry, the school’s principal, Ogies Louw, could barely conceal his pride. “Yes, I plan to celebrate it. It is very good.”

The year 2013 was their first exposure to an external Grade 12 examination, Louw said. As a result, teachers and learners did not really know what was expected from them.

During the past academic year – 2014 – the institution decided to pull out all the stops. Amongst others, the Grade 12 learners and teachers attended a spring school hosted by a number of vastly experienced educators, Louw said.This paved the way for success, he stressed.

When the examinations commenced three weeks later, they were able to hit the ground running. “I get goosebumps if someone talks about it. I am very proud.”

Source : The Namibian