Pupil is off to a bright start

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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

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