Happy New Year

Posted / 16 January 2018

Columba Leadership activates the potential of youth to lead change in their own lives, their schools and their communities.

We celebrate the following success and achieved by the Columba community.

Individual Success:

  • 75% of Columban matriculants held positions of leadership at school.
  • 79% of Columba graduates passed matric; 71% of these with a bachelor of diploma level pass.
  • Three notable performances from Columba graduates include:
  • Sakile Njoko from Siyanda Secondary in Kwa-Zulu Natal – 7 distinctions and acceptance to study
    Actuarial Science at the University of the Witwatersrand.
  • Thalentha Ngobeni from Acorn to Oaks in Mpumalanga who earned 7 distinctions including 100%
    for Maths and Science and who plans to study actuarial science. He has been accepted at the
    University of the Witwatersrand.
  • Sphesihle Dladla from Mconjwana High School in Kwa-Zulu Natal. He passed with 7 distinctions
    and will be studying Actuarial Science at the University of Cape Town.

School Success:

The following 16 schools achieved between 90 – 100% pass rates with 13 of these maintained such results since 2015.

  • Gill College
  • Phephetso Secondary School
  • Ahmed Timol Secondary School
  • Lethukuthula Secondary School
  • Mandisa Shiceka Secondary School
  • Rosina Sedibane Modiba Sport School
  • Seshego Secondary School
  • St Barnabas College
  • Sunward Park High School
  • Adams College
  • Sibusisiwe Comprehensive Technical High School
  • Manyangana High School
  • Glendale Secondary School
  • Manyano High School
  • Oval North Secondary School
  • Shea O’Connor Combined School

Academic achievement in the education space comes as a result of the combined efforts of a number of stakeholders and we take pleasure in celebrating the successes above with the Department of Education, Principals, Educators, and other service providers who worked with the Columban schools and graduates.

Social Contribution made by Columba groups:

2017 saw some remarkable initiatives with young people taking a lead in:

  • Promoting youth voice and youth participation in their schools through the establishment
    of new platforms for engagement and extra-mural activities
  • Supporting educational outcomes (tutoring, and peer led study groups as well as more active leadership from learners in the classroom)
  • Helping learners transition from primary school to high school (through outreach to primary schools, and Columba learner led orientation of new learners)
  • Tackling discipline (late-coming, uniform compliance, order during the feeding programme at the school)
  • Promoting values in their own and neighbouring schools
  • Environmental care
  • Promoting health and wellbeing

Youth engagement is a powerful force for good in the education space and we thank all our partners for continuing to support us to make this more and more of a reality in South African schools.

Best wishes,
Columba Leadership

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