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The School Council consists of a Representative Council of Learners [Grades 8 – 11] and a Matric Council of Learners [MCL].

An EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE [EXEC] consists of the Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and 4 Vice-Chairpersons each responsible for one of the 4 pillars. The Chairperson is the Head of School and the Deputy Chairperson is the School Council Secretary. The photo below show the 2017 EXECUTIVE. Seated from left to right: Amy Page (Vice-Chair: Discipline), Sithembele Dotwana (Chairperson), Hoeyaam Allie (Vice-Chair: Academics). Standing from left to right: James Stoffberg (Vice-Chair: Extra-Murals), Matthew Wyngaard (Deputy Chairperson) and Jade Jacobs (Vice-Chair: Service).

Each year the SC selects a theme for the school. This year the theme is:

BE THE EXTRA DEGREE! BE 212!

“At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive.

One extra degree… makes all the difference. And, the one extra degree of effort in business and in life… separates the good from the great!”

The Normies’ School Council of 2015 and 2016 adopted this popular motivational principle as its own.

The School Council have created two new initiatives in 2016/2017:

  1. Linked-in-learner [LiL]: this leadership structure allows classes that do not have RCL reps to have LIL’s who will be responsible for plugging in, at the very local level, school-based decisions. LiL’s serve as a link between decisions needing to be taken and final decisions made.
  2. Capping Ceremony: early in February the very first capping ceremony for Captains of Summer Sport took place.

SCHOOL COUNCIL VISION STATEMENTS

Extra Mural Pillar
Our vision is to develop extra mural activity by laying the foundation for participation, commitment and growth.

Service Pillar
Our vision is to instil a benevolent spirit in all learners and enthusiastically strive towards meeting the needs of the less privileged, with the selfless support of the school and the community.

Academic Pillar
Our vision is to guide others to prioritize their individual academic potential.

Discipline Pillar
Our vision is to encourage a positive change in the attitude and behaviour of learners through self-discipline, in a co-operative and constructive manner.

SITHEMBELE DOTWANA: CHAIRPERSON OF SCHOOL COUNCIL 2017

It all starts with a vision, because where there is no vision, the people will perish [anon.]

When you have a vision, a clear mental image of what you want to achieve, and a strong desire to manifest it anything is possible. Motivation awakens inner strength and power, and pushes you forward, toward making your vision a reality. And it is of utmost importance that you have great faith in your vision, because a vision without faith is just imagination.

I wish to congratulate my predecessor Siphokuhle Mabike on her excellent leadership – and 7 A’s in matric. Your future as a medical doctor is secure now.

We all need to come to the realization that we have all that we need to continue our journey. I may not have much but I know it’s enough. The majority of people are simply afraid to think of themselves as average. The truth is – most people are average, I’m average. The truth is also that most people don’t use their average abilities – resulting in a below average life. If you just utilized your average ability you can achieve great things. You can achieve the extraordinary.

Overcome the spirit of fear. God has not given you a spirit of fear, but a spirit of love and power. As difficult as it may be, know that it is great to fall. I find the answers to many of my questions when I’m ‘on the ground’. Nothing comes without a struggle.

Success requires a lot of sacrifice. You have to sacrifice a lot if your time and your sleep. There comes a time where I start to question my own sanity; I start to question whether what I’m doing is worth it. But I know it’s worth it. These goals and aspirations are meant to test us, challenge us, and help us to realize how badly we want to achieve them.

Always define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules and build a life you are proud to live. I always remember that, “Life is a game. God likes the winner, God loves the loser, but you know who God doesn’t like? God doesn’t like the viewer, so be the player.” We have all been viewers at some point in our lives. But, know that life is not easy for any of us. 2017 is going to be challenging year, it is going to stretch us. Persevere and remain confident in yourself and have courage. It is also going to be a year full of wonderful opportunities and great successes for the Henshilwood community. I speak of victory not defeat!