Strik­ing the right bal­ance be­tween school and mu­sic

Han­nah ap­plied time-man­age­ment – with dis­tinc­tion


FOR HAN­NAH Jane Clay­ton from Rusten­burg Girls’ High School in the Western Cape, the year has been about balanc­ing her stud­ies with her love of mu­sic.

Han­nah said that in­stead of con­cen­trat­ing on only school, she sought a bal­ance be­tween school work and the arts, namely be­ing in the school orches­tra, head­ing the school’s mu­sic so­ci­ety and be­ing in the pupil rep­re­sen­ta­tive coun­cil.

“There were a lot of events I had to or­gan­ise for the mu­sic so­ci­ety but I just had to find a bal­ance. I think it’s im­por­tant to bal­ance school work and the other things you’re in­ter­ested in.”

Yes­ter­day, the young­ster was lauded dur­ing a meet­ing with Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga who met the top 22 ma­tric­u­lants coun­try­wide at Vo­da­world in Midrand.

Han­nah said she had ex­pected to be the best per­former in her school but not in the coun­try.

“The im­por­tant thing was that I worked con­sis­tently through­out the year. I made sure by the time ex­ams came, I had spo­ken to all my teach­ers about all the ques­tions I had,” Han­nah said.

She said on most days she ar­rived at school at 7am and re­mained there un­til late for her mu­sic ac­tiv­i­ties.

“It was dif­fi­cult but I think it’s im­por­tant to learn time-man­age­ment skills dur­ing school so that you can cope af­ter school.”

Han­nah is one of the top per­form­ers in maths and quin­tile five schools.

She achieved a 95 per­cent pass in AP maths, which she wrote through the In­de­pen­dent Ex­am­i­na­tions Board.

Han­nah plans to study BSc in maths and science at ei­ther Stel­len­bosch Univer­sity of the Univer­sity of Cape Town.

I worked con­sis­tently through­out


HAR­MONY: Han­nah Jane Clay­ton di­vided her time be­tween her love of aca­demics and the arts to be­come of one of the coun­try’s top ma­tric per­form­ers.

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