On the AWSUM couch with Greenwood Bay College’s head boy for 2021
Meet Greenwood Bay College’s head boy for 2021: Merrick van der Gaast
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 really keen to get to know all the new students and Grade 8’s, and focus on building new traditions and a sense of family and community in the school.
What are your strengths and weaknesses? Strength: I am very determined and get things done. I work well with people. Weakness: I can be overly empathetic and give too many chances. Overly trusting.
Is there anything you would like to change at your school? Instil more pride, and I think sport should be compulsory.
What do you love the most about your school? Being a part of a smaller school our grade is closer than we would have been if the school was bigger.
Matric is your final year, from an academic point of view, what are you aiming for? I’m aiming for an A in Maths, to do as well as I can overall and obtaining good marks in my other subjects.
What will your message of encouragement be for your prefects/co-leaders? If you are feeling overwhelmed, know that we are all there for you with open arms and communication. We are a team and we have each other’s backs.
Who is your role model? My mom, she has shown me that no matter how tough things are or how bad things get, there is always something positive to gain from it.
What are your plans after matric in 2022? I would like to study a BCOM in investment management, preferably at Stellenbosch.
If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why? Batman, because he doesn’t have actual superpowers he is self-made.
On a regular Saturday, you will find me on the river with friends.
Who is your Hollywood celeb crush? Megan Fox
- Netball, rugby, cricket, or hockey? hockey
- Cappuccino, hot chocolate, or tea? Cappuccino with almond milk
- Braai with friends or takeaways? Braai with friends
- Binge watching series or a live music festival? Live music festival
- Android or iOS? iOS