Cape Town – In an exceptionally difficult year, Alexa Lipchin managed to achieve 10 accolades. This resilient and purposeful learner from Kingsmead College believes in staying motivated. She also displays an impressive mix of active and academic strengths.
“The teachers and staff made sure we switched to online learning very quickly, so I didn’t even miss a day of school,” she says.
“I did my best to concentrate on all the subjects, but I think my results are an accumulation of the work that I put in all my subjects, from middle school to high school.”
His distinctions are in Afrikaans (first language), English (language spoken at home), French (second language), geography, life orientation, life sciences, mathematics, physical sciences, music (TCL Practical 7) and program advanced in mathematics.
“In the years leading up to being registered, I was very busy with additional murals such as dancing. I finished my ballet exams and my modern and piano exams, which really kept me busy. However, it helped me learn to manage my time, ”Lipchin says.
“Being registered during the lockdown, I felt it was important to continue to be productive. My day started at six o’clock and ended at six o’clock. This year, I kept a routine. I was going for a run before class started and sat down at my desk. to work.”
Regarding future plans, she says, “I hope to study medicine. What attracted me to this idea was the pleasure of science. After an observation session at Baragwanath University Hospital in Grade 11, I was inspired by what I saw. in terms of helping people in a modest way. I really want to do something like this with my life. “
She hopes to study medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand next year.
Lipchin’s advice to matrices this year is to work cohesively. “My parents taught me not to wish for more, but to work for it,” she says.
When asked how she found distance learning, she said at first that there was a lot of uncertainty. “But the teachers were great in helping us do that and uplifting us, they were really amazing,” she says.
Executive Director Lisa Palmer is delighted with the results. “2020 being such an unusual year, we didn’t have a benchmark,” she says. “In previous years, we had a sense of our band and what it was capable of producing.”
She said when worried about a possible March-June disconnection (with e-learning), college staff questioned whether her students were okay and doing, faced with the difficulty of not being able to gauge face to face, “but the students have proven to all of us that they are beyond excellence.”
“Our students showed such determination, almost more than the year before. They were determined to be able to do it and to do it well. We closed on a Sunday in March. By Wednesday morning, the college was online. During these two days, the staff were on site to prepare the platforms. So we went straight to online learning. “
“Parents said it was remarkable what the staff had accomplished during such a difficult year. Our staff went above and beyond, as did our students, ”she says.