|Hello from KwaZulu-Natal!
We are only a month into the new academic year, but there's already lots to share and celebrate, not least some outstanding exam results from our Grade 12s and a Dean’s Commendation for one of our Madrinha scholars.
Last month we also hosted a visit from the Royal Welsh Regiment and are delighted that some members will be joining the new Remote: Ride for a Reason cycling fundraiser in aid of KHULA this June. The even better news is you can join too from wherever you are in the world - watch the video below to find out more.
But before all of that...
Watch A message from Minenhle Mbatha, one of KHULA's preschool teachers (and her students!)
From Matric to Medicine: Celebrating our Students' Successes
Shiyane High School Grade 12s celebrate a 91% Matric pass rate wth their very proud Principal Mr Lindani Zulu.
January saw the all-important release of students’ Matric results (the South African equivalent of A-Levels) and we want to shine a light on the incredible achievement of our Grade 12s. With pass rates of 91% (Shiyane) and 86% (Siyanda) they both scored higher than district and provincial levels, with Shiyane Maths students surpassing national pass rates.
Even with the supplementary teaching which KHULA provides at both schools, they are still heavily under-resourced, with a single teacher sometimes having to manage a classroom of over 90 students, so we could not be prouder of these results.
Just a few years ago, Aphiwe Zondo (pictured below on his first day in theatre last week) was among those students nervously waiting for their Matric results. His outstanding results meant we were able to support him to apply for a Madrinha Scholarship, covering his full fees to study Medicine at university. Now in his fourth year, Aphiwe remains a top student, even receiving a Dean's Commendation.
Medicine scholar Aphiwe on his first day in theatre last week.
Join the Royal Welsh Regiment and Ride for a Reason wherever you are
Last month the Royal Welsh were in KwaZulu-Natal for the annual Battle of Isandlwana ceremonies. They were able to take some time out to meet our teachers and students, with our preschoolers able to show them a thing or two about building Lego.
Some of their members have signed up to a new global cycling fundraiser this June, hosted at Fugitive's Drift Lodge. If you want to join them and raise money for KHULA while cycling through the Fugitive's Drift game reserve and stunning landscape of rural KZN OR join us remotely from wherever you are in the world, follow the Remote: Ride for a Reason Facebook page for more info and sign up at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch: Join us this 16 - 19 June 2023 for Remote: Ride for a Reason, here in KwaZulu-Natal or wherever you are in the world.
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