Andrew Van Olst – academic shining star

Andrew Van Olst has been among the top five academics in his grade every year he was at Jeppe, so it came as no surprise that he emerged as one of the stars of our excellent matric results this year.

He got seven distinctions – Afrikaans, Maths, Life Orientation, Accountancy, Information Technology, Physical Science and Advanced Programme Maths.

“I’ve never been that good at Languages, so I never expected to get a distinction in my eighth subject, English. In fact, I was a bit surprised to get one for Afrikaans,” he said.

Andrew was a hostel boy. He believes being in the hostel played a big part in his academic success. “I enjoyed being surrounded by other people and the serious academics soon found each other and we formed a support group. At Tsessebe House, in our senor years we were given our own studies, so I had a quiet space to work in and enough time to prepare for the exams.”

He participated fully in Jeppe life. He played rugby throughout his time here and played cricket in the early years as well. “I wasn’t very good, I was in the 5th team in matric, but I enjoyed being part of a team and the camaraderie and friendship that goes along with that,” he said.

He will be studying in America this year. “The academic year there only begins in March, but I have a tentative acceptance to do Actuarial Science,” he said.

We are confident that Andrew will do us proud in that far off place.