Jamie Penn

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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.”

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