Head Boy 2024. Like previous years, Schools That Rock interviewed Head Leaders of High Schools in South Africa. Todays’ candidate interviewed is Ethan Kruger Head Boy 2024 from Curro St Dominics in Newcastle KwaZulu Natal.
Ethan, tell us more about yourself and your leadership.
- I am a learner and Head Boy 2024 at Curro St Dominics in Newcastle. I am a quietly confident person who likes to build relationships through friendship and mutual respect. This is the same formula I use in my leadership roles. I love swimming, and I also love to play hockey.
What are your personal goals for this year?
- My main goal is to pass the year with an A aggregate. This will take some work as I need to juggle studying, sport and duties as Head Boy. I would also like to learn some new skills to help me grow as a person.
Tell us what are your goals are for Curro St Dominics during your term of service?
- As Head Boy 2024,I am very passionate about respect. An environment of respect encourages good relationships and creates a good environment in which to learn. St Dominics has always taught me the value of respect. I want everyone at school to be respectful of each other. I would like to highlight respect for oneself as well as others this year. By the end of the year I would like to leave an already fantastic school a slightly better place where all the learners feel like they have fun going there and also want to be there.
What were the biggest challenges you experienced as a learner of your school?
- Everyone has struggles throughout their school career. Trying to manage the stress of school in general is hard and will always be hard. Trying to manage the dynamic of relationships around you can also be challenging.
What stands out most to you at Curro St Dominics?
- The people I’ve been surrounded by have always been a good thing. I have built amazing friendships and throughout my school journey the teachers have become mentors and not just teachers. The look of the school as well. If you look at the architecture of the school it’s beautiful, the chapel, the bell tower, everything.
Ethan, who do you look up to for inspiration or mentorship?
- I look at Sir Alex Furguson for inspiration. His commitment to serve and his aspiration to help those around him to always be successful. Furthermore the way he is able to motivate and encourage those around him is an inspiration to me. I think these are important traits for being a successful leader.
You’re a kitchen article? What are you and why?
- I would say a fridge. I am always cool, calm and collected.
How would your friends describe you?
- I would like to think that my friends see me as loyal, helpful and fun to be around.
Ethan, what motivates you to achieve your goals?
- My main motivation is the self-satisfaction I get from achieving my goals. My friends and family always support me when I’m going for my goals which, in itself, is motivation to reach for my goals.
Why would you advise learners to also become part of Curro St Dominics?
- St Dominics has created a good, safe, encouraging environment in which to learn and grow. The people you will meet along the way are great. The teachers go above and beyond to help you achieve your best. The whole journey will also be very enjoyable, as that is what the school offers.
Who is your favourite teacher and why?
- My favourite teacher was Mr Marillier. He taught me throughout different stages of my schooling career. He also taught me what it meant to be a gentleman, a good person, kind and caring, and just taught me to be a better person all together. He has helped shape me into the person I am today.
Ethan, what are your future goals?
- I aim to get into university and pass my degree in accounting. My aim is to become a Chartered Accountant. After that it would be getting a good job while continuing to playing sports and get better at them. And just grow overall as a person.
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