Greenwood Bay learner shoots for the stars
JUNE/JULY AS (MATRIC) RESULTS HAVE BEEN RELEASED
Young Hendrik Booysen has the world at his feet after scoring straight As in the Cambridge International AS exams.
His remarkable performance (IT 86%, chemistry 85%, physics 87%, mathematics 88%) is all the more astonishing because he opted to write his final exams six months earlier than he had originally planned.
Hendrik joined Greenwood Bay College in 2016 and so enjoyed the learning environment that when his parents had to move to Gauteng for work reasons, he opted to stay behind rather than transfer to another school.
He names Sean Collins, his science teacher up to the end of last year, as the person who most influenced his academic career.
"Sean was really inspirational and I really liked the school's focus on academic excellence. I've been to 12 other schools over the years so I reckon I'm a qualified judge by now," he joked.
Asked what the secret of his performance was, Hendrik explained that he has always been a goal-oriented person. He claims to be single-minded, but he has wide-ranging interests and hobbies.
He is a keen sportsman, playing squash, tennis and hockey, and is a competitive runner. In addition, he plays the guitar and is an avid reader.
Hendrik isn't quite finished with school, however – he is pushing on with full A levels and plans to study overseas before pursuing a career in aeronautical engineering. –