On the AWSUM Couch with Stanford Lake College’s Head Boy for 2021
Meet Stanford Lake College’s Head Boy: Madalitso Buliani.
Congratulations on being selected as a leader at your school. What are you looking forward to the most during your term as leader? I’m looking forward to being a representative for my school. I’ve always had a passion to lead a school and now I’ve been given the opportunity to lead. Stanford Lake College has given me a lot in terms of my mental, physical and emotional growth and it’s about time I give back to the school by creating an environment that is going to turn students into future leaders. I’m looking forward to the victories off and on the sports fields, the joy of seeing new students coming into the school and most certainly the defeats and setbacks that lie ahead as I strongly believe that the only way to learn is by the setbacks.
What are your strengths and weaknesses? My weaknesses are networking with external pupils and making relevant conversations with them. My strengths are certainly through my leadership qualities. The way I address the students, with respect. I’m a very determined person portraying to the scholars a true character of myself. I lead by example at all times whilst allowing my student prefect group to lead. My biggest strengths lie on the sports field, where my passion lies. As Nelson Mandela once quoted, “Sports has the power to change the world”. My dream is to unite the school more through sport and hopefully one day change the world through sport.
Is there anything you would like to change at your school? I would like to change the knowledge of social issues in the school. Educating the students about GBV and racial issues etc. I also want to change the way scholars see leadership in the school. Leadership is not about the ability to have power over others, it’s the ability to make a positive change in your environment using the resources that you have. The corona virus has taken away a lot of the school’s spirit or rather the ‘hype’ around the school. That is what I’d like to change in the school, the current mood of the school and bring it back to where it was supposed to be.
What do you love the most about your school? I love what the school stands for and its 7 values. The 7 values don’t only teach you the school’s values but also embrace you for life. To have integrity, courage, respect, commitment, valuing quality and Ubuntu. You can certainly take these values out of school and live them at home turning girls into ladies, and boys into men. I love the way the students wear their uniform with pride. The way the teachers treat the students at school is impressive as the school feels like a second home to the students providing a feeling of comfort.
Matric is your final year, from an academic point of view, what are you aiming for? I’m aiming for BD, with atleast 4 distinctions, and I hope I can further my studies in the United States of America.
What will your message of encouragement be for your prefects/co-leaders? My message to the leadership group of 2021 is to be united at all times, I certainly feel that a united student leadership group can take the school to new heights. The group should be courageous in making decisions. Sometimes the best decisions are not the most popular decisions but it takes courage to make them. I know I have got a strong prefect body support but the most important thing is to be consistent. If we start off strong, we need to end strong. Time management is going to be crucial, especially in Matric, we need to learn the skills of managing our time wisely and prioritising for all the important things in life. Let us be effective leaders and not leaders that seek power. Always reflect on how you could improve as a leader. Strategise, put others before yourself. The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude, be kind but not weak, be bold but not bully, be thoughtful but not lazy, be humble but not timid, be proud but not arrogant; have humour but without folly. Lastly, enjoy the journey.
Who is your role model? Siya Kolisi
What are your plans after matric in 2022? My plans after matric are to further my studies in the business science field. I also want to use my leadership skills in empowering others, as I do feel I’ll come out as an even stronger leader after my term as Head Boy. I want to use sports as a weapon to better South Africa and hopefully one day to better the world.
If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why? The power to read minds. I’d want to be able to read minds. I think as a leader one is always curious about what the students are thinking. With such information one can become an even more effective leader.
On a regular Saturday, you will find me at…with… On a regular Saturday you’ll find me at home with my family.
Who is your Hollywood celeb crush? Denzel Washington
- Netball, rugby, cricket, or hockey? Rugby
- Cappuccino, hot chocolate, or tea? Tea
- Braai with friends or takeaways? Braai with friends
- Binge watching series or a live music festival? Binge watching series
- Android or iOS? iOS