Nicole Botha (nee Van Heerden) class of 2005 : Bachelor of Education from UNISA and currently the Principal of the pre-primary at Curro Academy Wilgeheuwel.
Luke Wilson – class of 2008 : Chartered Accountant – Bachelor of Commerce Honours Accounting from the University of Johannesburg. Currently working as an Auditor at Deloitte in Melbourne, Australia.
In loving memory of Greg Moncur – class of 2001.
Trinityhouse Randpark Ridge boasts a successful class of 2017 matriculants who did overwhelmingly well as they achieved a 100 per cent pass rate with an average of about 1.96 distinctions per candidate.
The school’s principal, Farone Eckstein said he was very pleased with the excellent results achieved in the IEB (Independent Examinations Board) national senior certificate exams.
The top achievers were Jonathan du Rand and Robert Gouldie with eight distinctions, along with Christian Humphries, Isabella Ghigini, Thama-Thama Tshigabe, Sandra Hu and Sahil Singh with seven distinctions.
“Our learners’ work-ethic, self-sacrifice and dedication have been an inspiration to us all. They’ve proven themselves to be true Trinitonians and we look forward to the positive impact they will have on our world,” Eckstein said, adding that the 146 candidates achieved 286 As in total.
Furthermore, 98 per cent of the class achieved a bachelor’s degree pass and 2 per cent achieved a diploma pass.
Two achieved eight distinctions each, five achieved seven distinctions each, while nine candidates achieved six As each and another 11 passed with five As each.
Robert Gouldie, who achieved eight distinctions, said his results not only made him proud but his family too. He shared that he was most surprised with his language marks as they had always been touch-and-go subjects for him.
“This year I plan on studying computer science at Stellenbosch University,” he said.
To the incumbent group of matrics, he advised that they not get caught up in all the hype and trust that their parents and teachers are there and willing to assist, “They should not let themselves get clouded with negativity,” said Gouldie.
Fellow classmate, Isabella Ghigini received now looks to a future in medicine. She said that she was most concerned about her maths paper two exam, as most of her peers shared the same sentiments.
“Accounting also had me a bit nervous,” she said.
To the matric class of 2018, Ghigini said they should believe in themselves and put in the work.
“Always work towards your dreams.”
Kayleigh Jade Caruana, who achieved six distinctions said her love of biology will have her studying a BSc in human life sciences at Stellenbosch University.
She was proud of her success and now looks forward to the new road ahead.
Credit: Randburg Sun
Dear Old Trinitonians
I remember the November of 2000, as the first ever Trinity Matric class tackled their Independent Examination Board final exams. I remember the feeling of that very last ‘hand in’ of my English Comprehension Paper, and knowing that tomorrow was the first day of the rest of my life. Seventeen years later I look back on those days and think of how very lucky I was to attend a school wearing such a unique uniform, with an ethos in education that stood for so much in the real world.
I remember every cricket and rugby practice, the Athletics Meets, and the brotherhoods and sisterhoods forged in school sport, the drama on the stage, the envelopes of knowledge in every class attended, every problem solved through murky view of my immaturity at the time. I marvel at the patience that was had with me, the amount the teachers cared for us, and the opportunities they afforded us to contribute and matter towards the spirit of our future and to our surroundings.
What a privilege we were blessed to have, to be Trinitonians….. never dreamed the old Honeydew caravan park where I used to play growing up, would end up being the school I would attend, the launchpad of where myself and others could shoot to the stars from.
The older I grow I also came to realize that life was never this ideal predictable high performance climb to the realms envisioned. My definition of success has changed a lot over time and yes possibly by the volume of my perceived failures. I think it’s fair to say success is not this tropical island in our mind where we can get to if we are good enough and work hard enough, I think with that motivation, we’d fall into the trap of always wanting more when we finally got there.
Success is evolutionary, and it’s about learning to be happier with less and shifting our focus off ourselves and onto the pressing matters of our community and country. Mahatma Ghandi said ‘be the change you want to see in the world’…. and how powerful is that?…. that a mere positive attitude to life and to others can shift the energies of the very place we find ourselves all these years later on, inspiring others to make equivalent personal progress, and give as much love back to the world as possible.
That moment we stop counting everything and forget the wrongs done unto us, we disempower our oppressors and those we’ve given the avenue to hurt us through trust and open channel exposure to our lives….. and when we just….. do what we can with what we have…. in Service of Others….. that’s power. That’s making a difference in the world, and that’s Success. The very material of everything great that ever happened, is rooted in Love and Service.
Let’s remember all the blessings everyday, and search for ways to improve the place we live in and the journey of those around us. Let’s lighten loads off people, let’s do the unexpected wonderful things that seem long lost in a world of self…. let’s endeavour toward great character despite our pasts and our flaws. Let’s be the Change God Designed Us To Bring Forth to the World…. in Knowledge and Truth.
To the Old Trinitonian Family,
Christmas is a time for celebration and festivity. A time for family and friends. A time to reflect on the year that has been, and to recognise that which is good in our lives. It is a time to spare a thought for those less fortunate than ourselves. And, a time to re-energise for the opportunities that lie ahead in the new year.
Wherever in the world you find yourself this holiday season, may you be surrounded by happiness and love. Wishing you a joyful Christmas, and a healthy and prosperous 2018.
Love Aimee Manicom – class of 2000
Trinityhouse Old Boy, Richard Leeke, made big waves on the South African motorsport scene in 2017, coming within a hairs-breadth of winning the National Rally Championship.
Leeke, who played First Team rugby in 2013/14 and First Team cricket 2012/13/14, lost out in the final event of the season, his Ford Fiesta suffering a terminal mechanical problem which forced his retirement, whilst leading. If he had finished the event and taken the titular crown, he would’ve also rewritten the history books and become the youngest-ever national champion in the sport. But there aren’t any ‘ifs’, ‘buts’ or ‘maybes’ in motorsport…
What he did achieve however was to become the youngest-ever rally driver to a win a national event, achieved with victory on the VW Rally in July and eclipsing a record which had stood since 1966. Leeke was 21 years and four months at the time.
Leeke had a busy motorsport year by any standards and as well as the National Rally Championship he also competed in the South African Cross Country Series in a Ford Ranger bakkie. As in the rally car, he had co-driver Henry Köhne alongside, reading the ‘pace notes’ which serve to give the driver the best possible picture of what lies immediately ahead. The two of them popularly became known as the ATS Motorsport Young Guns, despite the youthful-looking Kohne turning 30 in the course of the year!
In 2017 they took part in eight rallies and six cross country events, making them the busiest team in non-circuit racing circles.
Their rally season looked like this:
2017 got underway with the Hallspeed regional rally on which they finished second overall and first in class. They missed out on the overall win by a few second from a potent, all-wheel-drive Subaru.
The Nationals started with the Tour Natal. The Young Guns finished second behind Guy Botteril, fighting their way back to the runner-up position from fourth place after a burst brake pipe cost them time.
On the York Rally in Mpumalanga – the longest and most arduous of the year – they rolled while in second place. They righted their car and continued despite a missing windscreen (they wore motorcycling goggles instead) and persevered to finish sixth.
The Secunda Rally was going brilliantly and Leeke/Köhne were leading until they experienced electrical problems, eventually pushing the car into the service area so that technicians could attend to it. They eventually finished third, keeping their championship hopes very much alive.
Everything fell into place on the Volkswagen Rally and Richard became the youngest-ever overall winner of a national championship rally.
Next up was the Electrothread Rally. The tussle with arch-rival Botteril continued, and Richard finished third, behind double national champion Hergen Fekken who made a come-back to keep the youngsters on their toes. Botterill won the event overall and re-took the championship lead. Just 18 seconds separated the three cars after 142km of special stages.
The penultimate event of the year was the Caledon National Rally and the pressure was on. Second in class and third overall was enough to take the championship lead again, helped by Botterill retiring with a mechanical failure. It wasn’t a perfect event by any means for the Young Guns though and the chance of a class win was lost due to ignition problems.
The team’s only retirement came on the event which mattered most – the Carnival City Rally. A showdown with Botterill would decide the 2017 championship and the cards were definitely stacked in Richard’s favour. Essentially, Botterill had to win to take the title. The Young Guns raced into an early lead and were 12 seconds ahead after the fifth and final stage of the first day of the event. Inexplicably, on their way to parc ferme (a controlled area where the cars are held overnight before a restart the next morning) the car cut out and refused to fire up again.
Their event was over…and knowing that they would end the season as runner-up in the overall championship was scant reward.
Leeke, needless to say, was devastated: “When the car just stopped it was almost like a bad dream…Henry and I just looked at each other, speechless. We tried everything we could to get the engine running again, but it was as if we had left the battery back in the service park!”
But he was also gracious in defeat: “It was a great season of close fighting and in particular the tussle with Guy and Simon has been epic. I think everyone has had to be at the top of their game and that’s what it is all about.”
Richard’s Cross Country campaign (his first) was always going to be about learning the ropes and the only goal was to try get as much race mileage as possible. But in motorsport, things seldom go according to plan:
Lichtenburg 400 – The Young Guns, first taste of Cross Country Racing. The rear differential of the Ranger broke after just 30 kilometres.
Battlefield 400 – Bam! Leeke won Class S in only his second Cross Country event and finished 12 overall!
Toyota Desert 1000 – Long and extremely challenging, the Botswana-based “Desert Race” is a huge test of man and machine. It is scored as two events and Day One was character-building. Three punctures and only two spare wheels is the kind of arithmetic which doesn’t have a logical answer and despite borrowing a wheel – which didn’t fit properly – the Young Guns were eventually time-barred (excluded based on exceeding allowable time).
Nevertheless, Day Two was approached with a different philosophy and they enjoyed a clean run en route to finishing second in class.
Harrismith 400 – A DNF (Did Not Finish)
Sun City 400 – Another DNF…
The Atlas Copco Gold 400 at the end of October was Leeke’s final motorsport event of the year, coming just a week after the disappointment of their rally retirement. And 2017 did end on a high note: he drove the Ranger bakkie to another Class S victory and 11th overall, despite a fraught start to the event.
It was sufficient to move the Young Guns into third place in class S for the year – a reasonable way for things to end, even if the goal of finishing every event wasn’t achieved!
A warm welcome to our class of 2017 who are now our new “Old Trinitonians” – please remember to register with us and interact with our face book page so that you can keep up with news of our alumni. Remember, you may have left Trinityhouse but Trinityhouse never leaves you ….. wolves forever!
Bonita Mackenzie – class of 2005 : Bachelor of Education from the University of Witwatersrand and qualified integrated learning therapy practitioner, specializing in children with neurodevelopment learning challenges. Bonita is Head of Humanitites and an English teacher at the British School of Bahrain.