April 21, 2024

Beast Foundation scholarship students celebrate one-year anniversary at Reddam House Helderfontein

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Beast Foundation scholarship students enjoying their surroundings at Reddam House Helderfontein

The Beast Foundation (founded by rugby star Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira), in partnership with Inspired Education Group, has proudly announced the one-year anniversary of three high school scholarship recipients at Reddam House Helderfontein.

Tendai Mtawarira, founder and chairperson of The Beast Foundation, greeting the three students

The scholarships were awarded to Njabulo Zulu, Ethan Makombe and Tshenolo Gaesenewe, who were selected from over 200 applicants from across South Africa.

The scholarships, which cover both tuition and boarding fees, have given these students access to a world-class education at Reddam House Helderfontein. In addition, The Beast Foundation sponsored school uniforms, stationery and textbooks for the beneficiaries.

Ethan from Durban, Njabulo from Johannesburg, and Tshenolo from Potchefstroom have thrived in their new environment, despite the challenges that come with being away from home. All three students have found success in their academic and extramural activities, with Njabulo involved in aquatics, basketball, public speaking, chess and a major production; Ethan excelling in drama and basketball; and Tshenolo participating in hockey, soccer and choir. 

In response to their first year at Reddam House Helderfontein, Ethan described it as interesting, Njabulo described it as unexpected, and Tshenolo described it as experimental. All three students have shown tremendous progress in their studies and extracurricular activities. Njabulo, for instance, is excited about his major production role this year, while Tshenolo has set her sights on obtaining a PhD in Civil Engineering.

Tshenolo Gaesenewe in class at Reddam House Helderfontein

Commenting on the scholarship recipients, Mtawarira said: “Tshenolo, Njabulo, and Ethan are excelling at Reddam Helderfontein. This makes me so happy and fulfils the mission of the foundation, which is to empower young people with education and provide them with access to wonderful resources and schools like Reddam that will enable them to thrive and succeed.”

Reddam House Helderfontein is a unique school that focuses on using nature as a classroom. Its students have access to world-class facilities such as boutique boarding houses, fully equipped science laboratories, high-tech classrooms, an indoor aquatic centre and performing arts studios. The school’s innovative approach to education has resulted in students spending less time on their devices and more time interacting with each other.

Reddam House Helderfontein teacher Embeth van der Wal with Njabulo Zulu and Ethan Makombe

The school’s approach to education is based on the belief that if students are learning about butterflies, they should be among the butterflies. This vision drives the school to expose its students to outdoor activities and experiential learning in the natural surroundings of the greater Helderfontein area. Students are taken out of their comfort zones and challenged to try new experiences such as mountain biking, koppie climbs, and lessons on how to braai, crochet, identify birds, and take better photos. 

Graham Bennetts, executive head of Reddam House Helderfontein, expressed his pride in the scholarship recipients. “Their parents, and the ‘Beast’ himself, can be exceptionally proud and I have no doubt that all three have the potential to become great future leaders in our country.”

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