Siblings take lead

Shaun Gillham

IN a somewhat rare academic achievement, two Uitenhage siblings have produced a double whammy for their proud parents, with both pupils being appointed as head prefects of their respective schools next year.

Five years apart in age, Nikki, 17, and Rob McEwan, 12, from Fairbridge Heights Extension in Uitenhage, have been named as head girl and head boy of two top Eastern Cape schools – Riebeek College Girls’ High School and Muir Junior College.

The pair, who are both near finishing their year-end exams, said they were delighted to have been appointed to their respective positions, which take effect from the beginning of the next school year.

“The announcement that I was going to be head boy was made earlier this month. I am very pleased and excited and I feel honoured,” said Rob, who plays both cricket and rugby for his school and who also enjoys swimming.

“It’s going to be a challenge and you have to be more responsible, but this is a wonderful opportunity and I am ready for it,” he said, adding that he was very proud of his sister.

Commenting on the fact that both he and his sister had been selected, Rob said: “It’s like there is one in a million chances this would happen. It’s great.”

Equally excited at her appointment, Nikki said a number of her friends had been appointed as prefects at her school.

“So, yes I am really excited, and my friends are a really down-to-earth bunch, but there will be more pressure on me next year.

“I will be in matric at the same time and there will be more responsibilities,” she said, adding that a stint as head girl would give her an opportunity to learn new leadership skills.

Nikki, who said she would like to study anthropology after school, said she was just as proud of her young brother, who she believes can be of help to her, especially when it comes to prefect duties involving younger pupils.

Agreeing that it was an unusual occurrence, the sibling’s parents, Tracey and Grant McEwan, said that they were extremely proud of their children’s appointments, although Tracey revealed it had come as a bit of a pleasant shock.

“But we are very pleased. They both deserve a good pat on the back,” Tracey said.

Attributing some of the success to his wife and her daily involvement with the two pupils, Grant said he was thrilled and that their new school positions demonstrated that “what you put in is what you get out”.

He said the head boy and head girl positions would help teach their children a number of skills, including leadership and responsibility and that it would assist them in their future lives and careers.

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