JAMIE Penn is inspired by his father’s work ethic and enjoys reading sports-stars’ biographies and sharing corny jokes with his mother.
Jamie, 14, did not know which high school he wanted to attend but his father, Richard, was the deputy head boy at Wynberg Boys’ High in 1988 and suggested that his son might want to go there. After visiting, Jamie thought the school seemed “brilliant” and that is where he now attends Grade 8.
Jamie grew up in Fish Hoek and attended Fish Hoek Primary which he enjoyed. He played cricket, rugby, hockey and water polo for the school.
His mother, Lesley, is an artist while his father is an operations manager for an offshore diving company.
“My mother and I have competitions to make up jokes no matter how corny they are. My dad and I play cricket and rugby a lot and he’s the one person I look up to because he’s always looking out for me and he works really hard.” This year Jamie is playing cricket and rugby while his academic subjects are Geography, History, Mathematics, Life Orientation, English and Afrikaans. He’ll also be taking a course called Wynberg Ethics, taught by the headmaster, Keith Richardson.
Jamie passed Grade 7 with a 68 percent average and aims to obtain average of 80 percent from the first term.
As for his post-school future Jamie is still deciding. He said: “I’ve always though civil engineering would be cool but deciding what I want to do has always been a challenge because I always change my mind – one day I want to be an astronaut and the next day a stuntman.”