Michael Hall (Gillingham 1953)
“I give because I believe in the power of education. My brother David (Gillingham 1952) and I were only able to attend Kearsney because of the bursary support the school offered us. We both went on to successful careers in academia. Now it is my time to ‘pay it forward’ by giving young boys the opportunities and values that a Kearsney education provides.”
Monde Nkosi (Pembroke 2007)
Monde Nkosi (Pembroke 2007) with mother Nomsa, wife Nyaki, daughter Nkanyezi and father Phillip
KCOB Top MBA student at Stanford
We were proud to learn of the fantastic achievements by Monde Nkosi, Kearsney’s headboy of 2007. He graduated in June 2017 as one of the top students in his MBA Class at Stanford University in the USA. This meant he was designated an Arjay Miller Scholar, becoming one of the first black South Africans to achieve this prestigious award. Monde also completed his Masters in Education at Stanford during this time.
Monde epitomised balance and all-round excellence at Kearsney. Monde came 9th in SA in the National English Olympiad in 2006. He earned Academic Honours Cum Laude in 2007 and matriculated with six distinctions.
He credits some of his success to the assistance he had at Kearnsey through the Bursary Programme.
Eric Ngoie (2005 Headboy)
“I deeply appreciate the individual donors who paved the way to my future propelled by attending Kearsney. It is a privilege to be able to now start giving back and to support Kearsney’s bursary programme financially and as a mentor.”
Student Sponsorship Programme
“We are thrilled to be in partnership with Kearsney College. We are confident that the scholars we place at Kearsney College will have the opportunity to explore and develop their full potential. They will be on a journey to discover not only themselves but all the possibilities out there. We know that they will be moulded and be allowed to flourish into the best they can be and therefore will become excellent future leaders”
Liyema Jacobs (Pembroke 2019)
“Going to Kearsney has been one of the best things that ever happened to me. A school like Kearsney is something I would only see in movies like Spud and I could never imagine myself, a boy from a township, attending one.
So, when the opportunity arose to attend Kearsney, I grabbed it by the horns (carpe diem). It was the toughest decision I’ve ever taken as it meant dropping everything and starting afresh in a new foreign place, 1000 km away from home. However, looking back, it was probably the best decision I’ve ever taken.
Kearsney (amongst many other things) exposed me to the other side of the wealth spectrum. But besides the different socio-economic backgrounds, everyone united under that badge, teaching me a valuable life skill. The memories and bonds I’ve created there I will forever cherish. The teachers also took on parental roles, going the extra mile for us, creating a home-like atmosphere on campus. The opportunities offered at Kearsney also allows one to find themselves. I found my love of music (through the choir) and trail running.
One of the thoughts that went through my mind as my eyes filled, in the final assembly, was that I wish I began my journey in Grade 8 as it felt incomplete. I guess Kearsney grew on me and it became my second home.
I’m currently at Stellenbosch, doing medicine and I hope to specialise into a surgery field. I would also like to make it possible for boys in similar or worse socio-economic backgrounds than me to be able to attend Kearsney.”