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From learner to alumna to teacher, Raquel Gouveia is finally back home – Waterstone College. When Raquel walked through the gates in 2014 after completing her Grade 12 year at Waterstone College, she probably didn’t think that she would be back one day – but here she is, helping to mould young minds into tomorrow’s leaders.

Raquel is certainly no stranger to Waterstone College, she started her journey at the school as a little Grade 8 ‘greenie’ and orientation day is one of her first memories of school. ‘Interhouse events, sports festivals, major productions, grade camps, classes and night events are some of the highlights of my school journey,’ says Raquel. And now she is back to experience it all over again … this time as a teacher.

After completing her Grade 12 year, Raquel went on to study at Unisa and before becoming a teacher, she was a sports coach. Now Raquel is an English teacher and grade controller right where she belongs – at the school that helped shaped her into the person she is today. ‘Being part of Waterstone has made an immense difference in my life. All the opportunities it provided and the guidance from the teachers and my family are what helped mould me into the person I am today.’

‘My hope for our country is to be prosperous. There is no other country like ours in the world,’ says Raquel, who is inspired by Pope John Paul II. Raquel wishes to make a difference in the lives of others through teaching and learning. She could not be at a better place to do just that. If Waterstone College could shape her into the amazing teacher she is now, she can certainly make a big difference in the lives of her learners.