Eighteen year old Zanelle van Zyl who attends the DF Malan High School in Cape Town is a very hard worker. But the reward at the end of it has been to come 11th of the top 20 list of Matriculation students in the Western Cape.
Zanelle says “It’s very, very, hard work, studying many hours each nights and going to sleep late”, but she says that she received a great deal of support from parents, friends and family. All the teachers, were also always prepared to give me extra help.”
She took 11 subjects: Afrikaans and English home language, mathematics, life orientation, accounting, information technology, applied computing, physical science, life sciences, Xhosa second language, and “additional programme” maths. She also wrote an optional extra maths paper on geometry and probability theory.
Zanelle interspersed her studies by playing for her school’s first hockey team for the past two years, in both of which it had won the Western Province League title. She also sang in the school choir, and been a member of its wind orchestra.
She had also been chosen as a South African youth representative for climate change conferences in both England and Kobe, Japan.
All this puts a little more truth in the saying “If you want to get a job done, ask a busy person”.
She plans to study accounting at the University of Stellenbosch next year and is hoping her 10 A’s and being in the top 20 will win herself a bursary.