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Curro Thatchfield Matric 2023

You had a bear celebrity with a special bear identity, who helped you forget your worries and your strife. Matric is like a rollercoaster ride – often stressful, but with loads of chances to make lasting memories.

Your school's trusty teddy bear buddy was right there, sharing in the experience, and so were your executive head and class leaders … let’s hear from them!


Executive Head: Danie van Schalkwyk

And so, Class of 2023, the first chapter of your young lives come to an end and you’re starting to write the next, one of many chapters that your life story will be made up of. Every chapter will have a different story.

As true educators we have tried to give you the tools to make these stories success stories. When I say this, I don’t mean teaching you knowledge so you can get good marks but rather trying to instil values in you that will carry you through your life: honesty, hard work, self-responsibility, creativity, critical thinking, time management and integrity, among many others.

In my opinion, you get teachers and you get educators. Teachers impart knowledge, but educators get involved in your life and try to build a relationship with you. Through this they try to show you the right way to live your life. They are passionate and caring. I would like to believe that you were surrounded by true educators during your time at Curro Thatchfield.

I say goodbye to you, sharing with you some of the truest words I have ever had the privilege of reading:

‘I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way.

But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.’

These words are from our beloved Nelson Mandela and although he refers to his struggle for freedom, I have always had the feeling that it can be applied to our life each and every day.

To the matrics of 2023. You have summited the first hill of your long walk. You now have to cross the summit, look up and take on the higher hills that lie ahead …


President: Zamangethe Zwane


Vice-president: Omphile-Thabo Pooe

Don’t go where the path leads you, go where there is no path and leave a trail


Deputy vice-president: Puleng Ramorapeli

‘You can achieve anything you put your mind to. Never look down on yourself and put in the work.’

My senior high school journey has sometimes had me believe that I cannot achieve my dreams, but this message has allowed me to keep pushing and continue believing that if I put in all the necessary work and stay faithful all will come to pass. My dreams are on my mind for a reason and that is for me to achieve.


The Class of 2023

The matric girls, in alphabetical order according to name:

Amahle Ndelu, Amogelang Matlala, Anoushka Dewan, Aphelele Khumalo, Boitumelo Kgasi, Bokang Chipana, Bonolo Morwaswi, Devashni Nair, Didintle Kanyane, Dimpho Moremi, Elihle TshabalalaEntle Rikhotso, Hazel HoveKabo Kepi, Kamogelo Masemola, Kamogelo Tlhabang, Kazimla Nomlala, Kea Lekganyane Kganya Letsoalo, Khensani Sibiya, Khethiwe Doise,  Khumo Madisha, Kutlwano Tladi, Lefentse Moiloa, Letlhogonolo Mabitsela, Makgamathe, Marvellous Mlambo, Masego Madubanya, Masego Mphofu, Mercy Molusi, Mmatshidi Monyela, Mokgadi Boshielo, Naledi Letsoalo, Nkateko Baloyi, Nosipho Masinga, Ntsako Ramorola, Olwethu MoropaOwami Khuzwayo, Owethu Sihlahla, Penelope Pholi, Princess Mokhali, Puleng Ramorapeli, Reitumetse Reneilwe Mogatwe, Ropfiwa Makaulule, Simphiwe Khoza, Siyamthanda Gwala, Sophia Wang, Tailynn Moonsamy, Tisetso Mphahlele, Unarine Rakhumba, Vukosi Mkhonto, Wanga Ratshivhanda, Xiluva Makhuvele, Zama Zwane, Zinhle Mokoena

Matric Boys