On the AWSUM Couch with Curro Durbanville High School’s Head Girl for 2021
Meet Curro Durbanville High School’s Head Girls: Emma Beckley.
Congratulations on being selected as a leader at your school. What are you looking forward to the most during your term as leader? I am looking forward to building more spirit in our school. We have a lot planned for 2021 and, especially being the first year after the pandemic, we want to ensure that it is a year filled with fun. I’m looking forward to continuing to create an environment in which all learners feel comfortable and accepted.
What are your strengths and weaknesses? I am very strong academically and I can learn new things easily. I am good at writing and speaking in public. I am compassionate which helps me to keep those around me happy. My biggest weakness is my perfectionism. I am often my own worst enemy as I close myself off from new ideas that are not my own. However, this is something that I have been getting a lot better at.
Is there anything you would like to change at your school? I don’t think I would want to change anything, just improve a few things. The communication between the teachers and learners is very important and I think there is room for improvement in this matter. I think our learner council needs to be that link between the two. This will allow the teachers to understand what the students need and help us to improve the school. All that matters is that the learners are happy. We will only be able to achieve this through organised communication from which important changes are made.
What do you love the most about your school? Due to the size of our school, everyone knows everyone which I love. I think in bigger schools, learners can tend to get lost in the crowd. However, at our school, individual attention can be given to learners when needed. It has allowed us to create our own little family.
Matric is your final year, from an academic point of view, what are you aiming for? I am hoping to maintain my 90% average during my matric year. It is going to be a challenging year, but I know that if I continue to work hard, I will be able to achieve this goal.
What will your message of encouragement be for your prefects/co-leaders? Be the change that you want to see in our school. Speak up and use your voice for good. You have been personally selected to represent our school, so make the most of it. This is your opportunity to ensure that all the learners in the school are heard. You have the ability to improve the learners’ high school experiences, so make sure to give them a year that they will never forget.
Who is your role model? I don’t really have a role model. I look up to many different people for various reasons. This includes family members, friends, peers, teachers even strangers. Almost everyone I meet has qualities that I admire and stories that I can learn from. I don’t limit myself to just one role model because I believe everyone has something to teach me.
What are your plans after matric in 2022? I plan on studying medicine after school. I always wanted to be a doctor, so this was an easy decision for me. I am very interested in psychiatry, so I will more than likely specialise in this field after my studies.
If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why? Wonder Woman because she is known to stand for equality and that is something I really admire. She also stands against injustices which is what I want to do as a leader.
On a regular Saturday, you will find me at… with… Home with my friends watching movies and eating junk food.
Who is your Hollywood celeb crush? Rudy Pankow. He is an actor in the series ‘Outer Banks’ and I am a little bit obsessed with him.
- Netball, rugby, cricket, or hockey? Hockey
- Cappuccino, hot chocolate, or tea? Hot Chocolate
- Braai with friends or takeaways? Takeaways
- Binge watching series or a live music festival? Binge watching series
- Android or iOS? iOS