Find out what your fellow graduates have been up to by reading their success stories below.
Christopher van Wyk
Windhoek Gymnasium - 2018
Well hello, Doctor! Christopher van Wyk, Windhoek Gymnasium Class of 2018, has certainly come a long way since having cold drink leak in his backpack on his first day of school. This clever alumnus has a heart of gold and currently finds himself in Russia where he’s studying towards his medical degree!
Being a good student and a good sportsman is not something that comes naturally for everyone. This is not the case for Christiaan Snyman, Windhoek Gymnasium Class of 2014. No, it’s degree after degree for this talented cricket star.
We caught up with Monré Meyer, Windhoek Gymnasium’s Class of 2018, who now lives in Tucson, Arizona. He is pursuing a BSc in Business Administration (BSBA) with a double major in Finance and Management Information Systems (MIS) at the University of Arizona.
When Mathew’s plan to study medicine in South Africa did not work out because he was not accepted, he did not give up on his dreams. Instead, he decided to follow a university friend to Russia to study at the Kursk Sate Medical University. Mathew has only one and a half years left until he graduates and he plans to practise medicine in the UK.
Lucia Ndishishi, Windhoek Gymnasium’s Class of 2016, is enrolled as a law student at the University of Namibia. During her time at UNAM she has secured several portfolios, such as SRC for external affairs (main campus) and SRC speaker of parliament, and since May 2021 Lucia has been elected SRC president across all 12 campuses. Wow!
Girl power … if we look up the meaning of the phrase, we will probably find the name Erin Steyn 😉. Erin, who matriculated from Curro Durbanville in 2017, has come a long way since sitting under the trees and sharing stories and laughter with her friends. She is currently working at two (that’s right, TWO) legal firms and plans to run her own business one day – determined to contribute to South Africa’s growing population of female entrepreneurs.
‘My passion for nursing is never-ending. Every day I wake up knowing that I’m going to change someone’s life. I love making people smile by doing what I love every day of my life and I will never regret choosing this passion as my career,’ says Cornell.
Tsitsi Pazvakawambwa (Windhoek Gymnasium, Class of 2020) will be leaving for the United States in August this year to start her first semester at Andrews University in Michigan! She will be studying medicine and staying in the university’s dormitory.
Former Gimmie on her way to becoming a financial guru! Joané Steenkamp, Windhoek Gymnasium Class of 2016, has completed her BAccHons degree at Stellenbosch University and is currently doing her articles at PwC. As if that’s not enough of an achievement, Joané recently wrote and passed her first Initial Test of Competence (ITC) – which is the first assessment towards becoming a chartered accountant.
‘Curro Serengeti high school is not just a school, it's a family.’ – Odette van der Westhuizen, former Curro Serengeti learner, and now employee.
Odette was among the first group of Afrikaans learners at Curro Serengeti. After matriculating in 2017, she decided to dedicate her studies to education and is currently in the third year of her degree. Odette has been doing so well in her third year that Dr Sharita Lalla (Executive Head, Curro Serengeti) recently gave her the opportunity to be a teacher’s assistant at the Castle. Her goal is to finish her qualification and move over to teach at Curro Serengeti primary school. We asked Odette about her impressions as a learner at Curro Serengeti.
From learner to future psychologist … former Meridian Pinehurst Independent School learner impresses with remarkable grades! In 2018 Joshua Slyce, one of Meridian Pinehurst Independent School second group of matric learners, rang the bell to end his high-school journey.
We are proud to say that he completed his MBChB degree at the University of Namibia in 2020 and is currently doing his internship at Katutura Hospital and Windhoek Central Hospital. After his two-year internship, Michael plans to specialise. Wow! We are so proud of you, Dr Michael
Have you heard of Lyxodian, the new up-and-coming artist who has been producing catchy music available on Spotify, Apple Music and other platforms? Well, this talented music man is non other than Peter Kastoor, Curro Durbanville Class of 2019.
After Michael Harmse matriculated from Curro Klerksdorp in 2014 (where he was the head boy) he went on to study at the University of Pretoria towards a degree in electrical engineering, which he completed in 2018. His accomplishments certainly did not end there. Michael started working for a research institute affiliated with North-West University and Stellenbosch University and obtained his Master’s in Electrical and Electronic Engineering – cum laude! No wonder he received the award for the best master’s degree thesis in the institute, wow!
Ever the creative, Paige pursued dance and drama from a young age. She has starred in several local series, such as Binnelanders and 7de Laan, and recently landed a lead role in The Girl from St Agnes (currently showing on Showmax). She even has a profile on IMDB! Paige is currently studying a Future Females business course and hopes to use her knowledge to benefit Curro. We asked Paige about her favourite memory as a learner at Curro Serengeti.
On 21 August 2021 Ralph McDougall, former Curro Durbanville learner, also came first in the South African Tertiary Mathematics Olympiad (Satmo) where he competed against undergraduate and honours university students from across South Africa. This is the second year in a row that Ralph has won the olympiad. Amazing!
Kayla’s love for sports started on the Curro Serengeti netball court. After matriculating in 2012, Kayla attended North-West University where she received her BA degree in human movement sciences and psychology, and her honours BHSc degree in biokinetics. She completed her biokinetics internship on the CSIR campus in Pretoria and has been a practising biokineticist in Bedfordview. We asked Kayla about her experience as a learner at Curro Serengeti.
‘You know what they say, once you are in the Curro family you stay in the Curro family.’ These words are certainly true for Rikes Dry, Curro Hazeldean alumnus, aspiring writer and current marketer of Curro Academy Sandown.
Sailing around the world on a catamaran is certainly a dream many of us have, but few get to experience. For Dantelle Joubert, this dream came true after graduating from Curro Durbanville in 2018. She has crossed two oceans, survived a pirate attack and swam with sharks, but she is certainly not done travelling and even plans on making a career of trying to save the planet!
Choosing to practise law is already no small task; doing so while working as a freelance artist and also studying towards a master’s degree almost sounds impossible. But this is exactly what Aniel Opperman, a former Curro Hazeldean learner, is pulling off!
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.
‘Never be afraid to ask a question, unless you want to become very good at Googling things.’ This advice is from Daniel Visser, a Curro Langebaan alumnus from 2015 who is currently making waves by designing boats and other vessels for all over Africa – focusing on renewables and how to incorporate this in the marine world.
‘Life is one big canvas, throw all the paint you can on it.’ – Danny KayeGabriella Fourie has certainly been making the most of her life since matriculating from Curro Hermanus in 2019. This up-and-coming artist uses her work to create awareness surrounding environmental issues and has recently received the Honorable Mention Award in the art category of the Ocean Awareness Contest for 2020 – a remarkable achievement! Gabriella, who was selected from approximately 5 300 participants from around the world, currently lives in Rome where she is majoring in art history, but it was during her early school years that she started developing her creative skills.
‘Curro is not just an ordinary school.’ These are the words of Grant Gilpin, who has grown from strength to strength after joining the Curro Durbanville family. Today he is a successful business owner, one of Curro’s biggest fans and claims Curro gave him a new lease on life!
From being one of the first Grade 9 learners when Curro Bankenveld opened its doors, to going on to obtain a degree through UNISA, Marcel van Niekerk (formally Foord) has now come full circle and is back at Curro full-time, this time not as a learner but as an integral part of the digital transformation team.
Making a difference in the community … one bite at a time. Ever tried to order something for lunch or dinner only to realise that there is no delivery company that delivers food in your area? Leon Qwabe, a former learner at Grantleigh, a Curro Select school, knew this feeling only too well and saw it as a great opportunity for a new business venture, and so he started Order Kasi – a food delivery service for township communities. Today he is a successful entrepreneur and says that he would not have been able to start this business had it not been for his time spent at Grantleigh.
Helping to put female scientists on the map.
‘Follow your dreams, work hard, don't be afraid to take a chance on life and enjoy the ride!’ Dunja Mrdjen certainly lives up to her own words of encouragement.
From Mozambique to cling-wrapping a teacher’s car, then Maties Rugby, and now managing Canada’s nuclear waste, Warwick Watt is leaving dots all over the interest-spectrum – and credits his wide range of interests (and career path) to his alma mater, Creston College.
Many people fondly reminisce about their school years; others leave school and never look back. Ben Venter managed to take the foundation laid at school and seamlessly build a tower of a life on it that houses a successful career and happy marriage (to his high school sweetheart).
From Curro Durbanville to the United Kingdom – confidence and hard work make dreams come true. Fiona Georgie Stock is currently living her dream of studying abroad, and it’s all thanks to the skills and confidence she acquired at Curro Durbanville, where she spent all 12 years of her school career. ‘My earliest memory of school is of Ms Estelle, my Grade 2 teacher. I was really fond of her as we had a special bond and she always said I would go far in life.’ Ms Estelle was right! Fiona graduated with a distinction, which helped her realise her potential and ultimately led to her decision to apply to universities abroad.’
Excelling in a sport that relies on sportsmanship and honesty, speaks volumes to Janco Heese’s integrity and values. Combine that with a sense of humour and a mind that can master one of Stellenbosch University’s most difficult engineering courses, and you meet someone who has the whole proverbial package.
Since performing at Waterstone College’s first fashion show years ago, Leandro Coimbra (stage name Lee Cole) has been performing and composing his way up the charts – and taking us along on his emotional ride.
‘Hard work, determination, self-discipline and pure grit has enabled me to build the foundations for my career.’ Andelene Theron, a 2013 matric learner at Curro Langebaan, is now a successful financial accountant at one of South Africa’s leading food processing entities and says that Curro played a critical role in equipping her for the rigor of the years after school.
Robert Starkey, a former matric learner at Curro Mount Richmore, is scheduled to leave for Davenport University in Michigan in the United States in mid-August 2020 where he will be a student athlete in golf. According to Robert, this is partly thanks to the teachers and staff of Curro Mount Richmore.
‘At times it is scary. But it is also such a privilege to serve.’ These are the words of Wilme Steyn, a former learner of Curro Heuwelkruin who is currently doing her internship year at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto and is a frontline worker during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many children often find their dreams and start to excel well after school. This was no less true for Juan van Wyk whose inspiring journey to self-awareness, health and purpose led to him becoming a successful entrepreneur...
Moving to a new country is difficult, especially when you have to adjust to a new school – and language. Through hard work, dedication and passionate teachers, Tamsin Thom passed matric and ultimately graduated at the top of her class...
When hearing her extensive CV read out loud, Wilmé Steyn is often astounded by her own success. This humble woman attributes her strive to be extraordinary to the life lessons and opportunities received at Curro Heuwelkruin...
Keep moving. Keep learning. Keep pushing. Never stop. This philosophy allowed Nicholas Christie to reinvent himself at several stages in his life, grow from one professional success to another, and recover from a horrific car accident.
Finding your way in the world often involves learning through experience what you don’t want to be. This philosophy hit Craig Jordaan in high school and has had a continuous presence throughout his life...
Though she makes dancing through life seem effortless and idyllic, Sara Greenwood knows that the sting of injury and rejection can be overcome only through perseverance and adjusting to circumstances...
Trail-blazer, go-getter, high-flyer. These words best describe Layla, who has many ‘firsts’ notched on her belt. From Curro Hermanus's initial matric class to the captaincy of an otherwise male-dominated sport, she is taking the world by storm...
A year travelling Europe sparked a passion in Stefan Garlicki that quickly became a professional career in downhill mountain biking. He attributes his work ethic and interpersonal skills to what he learned at Curro...
Taking the road less travelled and paving her own way is how Andrea Hurter approached the world. The road to success, though filled with twists and heartache, was one she took with grace and dedication...
International competitions and recording her own album are just two of the achievements that highlight Danté’s school career like spotlights on a stage. However, this humble woman only ever aimed to do her best...
Yolandi Smit’s life and memories are uniquely woven into Curro’s humble beginnings. She joined the school in January 1999 as a Grade 4 learner, when classes were still held at a church in Durbanville and was part of the initial group of learners to attend class in the first building. ‘A photo on the Curro Alumni website shows children playing on concrete pipes; I am the girl right at the top in the black pants.’
In her wildest dreams, Lara van Rooyen couldn't have imagined that she would leave Curro Mossel Bay as the top academic achiever for IEB within the Curro group – with acceptance into Harvard University, no less...
When high school head Boetie Ungerer decided – against all odds – to accept blind learner Bianca van Schoor at Curro Durbanville in July 2001, he could not foresee the difference it would make in her life.