Pupil is off to a bright start
Carleigh Holland earned six distinctions in her matric trial exams – in physical and life sciences, art, English, Afrikaans and life orientation.
In her finals, she’s expecting five – all except for maths.
The 17-year-old from Bosmont is on a full bursary at Eagle House School.
She is the only child of a single mother who freelances as a case manager and administrator at several hospitals.
But Carleigh has not always believed she was this clever.
“My time at my former school was not that great. I was basically told I was inadequate. But at Eagle House, the teachers pushed me and I realised I was capable of a lot more,” she explains.
“The teachers at Eagle House coddle you. They encourage you, and they also force you to work. They expect the work to be done, and you have to be disciplined. It teaches you independence.”
Not all of Carleigh’s school friends were aware that she was a bursary student.
“I was pretty much treated equally. Nobody said: ‘My parents are supporting you or paying for your education.’
“The teachers obviously knew. I did have to earn the scholarship and get at least 10% more than the 50% pass mark average and I think it weighed on me that I had to produce,” she says.
Carleigh is taking a gap year to find a job and earn enough money for transport and university textbooks.
She would like to combine her passions for psychology and fine art into a career.
– Nicki Güles