Athlone High School for Girls

Previous Achievements

Treasure’s Time with Trevor

Treasure Dibotelo, a learner from Athlone Girls High School in Johannesburg, spent a day with Minister Manuel in May as part of the Cell C ‘Take a Girl Child to Work’ Initiative in 2008. She reflects on her day:

“‘We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act, but a habit.’ I didn’t quite understand the true meaning of this quote by Aristotle, the Greek Philosopher, until May 29 2008: the day I spent with Minister Trevor Manuel. I really came to realise that practice makes perfect, which means that what you do constantly builds your character and adds to your talents. Shakespeare and Mohamed Ali are legends. We still hear and learn about them to this day, mainly because they not only had inherent talent in their art but because they repeatedly practiced what they loved and thus became splendid in it. Minister Manuel is the same. Who would have thought that the former Minister of Trade and Industry would turn out to be the best Minister of Finance this country has ever had? It’s more than obvious why he was elected by the World Economic Forum as a Global Leader for Tomorrow in 1994; he proved that stamina and not just brilliance is the key to success. Yes he has formal qualifications, but his endurance is what really got him to the top. After repeatedly being detained and placed under house arrest you would have thought that he would have just given up on the spot, but he didn’t; instead he progressed further. Being talented doesn’t necessarily guarantee you success; you need to nurture your talent until it becomes a part of you. Thank you to Mr Manuel, a man I have always looked up to, for giving me more reason to keep looking up to you. Meeting you and spending the day with you was truly an honour.”


GIBS Spirit of Youth

For a number of years, three Athlonians have been selected to participate in the GIBS Spirit of Youth programme, which exposes them to a variety of outstanding rolemodels presenting life-changing workshops.

Our representatives last year were Hellen Mahlase, Iketleng Mmako and Kimberley Thorne. We know they have grown, and we look forward to all they will achieve as they move into the future. We thank the Gordon Institute of Business Science for their commitment to our youth. 2009 representatives are Mpolokeng Sebako, Nomampondo Poswa and Amanda Mpoyi.


Poet Laureate of Athlone

Using poetry against hate By the Teacher reporter, published Thu 10 Jul 2008

A learner from Dinwiddie High in Germiston was named the Gauteng winner in a national poetry campaign to oppose racism and xenophobia.

Nonhlanhla Mokoena beat 17 other finalists with her poem titled ‘The meaning of acceptance’.

The runners-up were Iketleng Mmako from Athlone Girls' High and Desmond Pitso from Kgothalang Senior Secondary on the West Rand.

The secretariat for the National Forum Against Racism invited high school learners across the country to write poems about topics that included tolerance, diversity, "no to racism", "we belong together", standing up against xenophobia, and "arise South Africa arise".

The secretariat is a division of the department of justice and constitutional development.

The Poetic Justice campaign was conceptualised last year as a way to stimulate debate among young people about tolerance - months ahead of the recent attacks on foreigners. The provincial winners will compete in a national final later in the year.

Phaphama Afrika Borwa Phaphama!

The ISM Iketleng Mmako

Chauvinism, sexism, fascism
Terrorism, racism,
This is the song of rebels
in the path to equilibrium
In the journey to
full-blown democracy
It is these policies that will
Boil and spoil the voices
that preach freedom.

Iketleng went on to perform at the National Competion held in Pretoria, where she was awarded 4th place. Halala Iketleng! We wish you well in your future career.


Rotary Trains Athlonian Leaders

As the representatives of Athlone Girls’ High School, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the Rotary Club for a wonderful time spent at the camp.

Rotary has given us the opportunity to prove young people have the ability to do anything, positive thinking, self motivation and what it means to be a responsible, assertive leader.

Being a leader isn’t easy, but- camp reassured us that we are capable of communicating and getting things done, giving credit to our fellow team members, having tho opportunity to meet other strong minded leaders who are passionate about life: seizing life’s moments and getting out there to make a difference.

The friendships we’ve made and the skills we’ve developed will not only enable us to become leaders in our own institution, but when we are little fish in the wider ocean and have daily obstacles to conquer.

Thank you for the opportunity once again – it was a milestone and an experience we wish to take with us for the rest of our lives.

Kayiba Mpoyi and Jordan Musetha
Check for more of Kayiba and her sister Amanda’s recent achievements as UNICEF Youth Ambassadors!!!


Athlonian Celebs in the RAT RACE

Those in the know have stayed glued to their TV’s every Monday at three on Three. Four of the Fifteen original contestants on Rat Race have been Proudly Athlonian. Congratulations to Lerato Ntsala, Mbali Sekautu, Kayiba Mpoyi, and Desiree Ledwaba.


Johannesburg Junior City Council

The Johannesburg Junior City Council meets every Friday afternoon in Senate House at Wits.

Our councillors are Amanda Mpoyi and Lerato Ntsala. The Council hosted a spectacular fashion show in which Athlonians participated both as models and designers.

Mbali Sekautu was selected as the TOP MODEL.

Lerato Ntsala wins the Rat Race

Congratulations to Lerato Ntsala who has won a study bursary of R30 000 as the overall winner of the SABC 3 Rat Race programme.

Watch this space to see how this journalist’s career develops!



Mpoyi Sisters Speak for Unicef

‘My name is Kayiba Mpoyi. I am an 18 year old learner from Athlone Girls’ High School and I’m currently doing my matric. I was elected in 2008 to attend the Rotary Leadership Camp in September.

In December my sister Amanda and I were chosen as one of the youth spokespersons for Unicef’s Speak Africa Conference, which was held to celebrate 60 years of the Declaration of Human Rights.

I am currently a TV representative for South African youth while Amanda is the radio spokesperson.

I heard about the conference from a mentor who had organised a workshop in my community, dealing with gender based issues.

Speak Africa is a network for organisations all over Africa to gather and discuss the Youth Charter. As official activists for human rights, we worked around

  • The participation of youth
  • Discussing structures and organisations
  • The Youth Charter
  • The ratification of the Charter
  • Youth and Children’s Rights
  • Poverty, crime and other social issues

These projects were communicated by means of television, radio, the print media and blogs on the internet.

We participated in 17 days of activism, and we have come out the better for it.

This year the conference will be held in December in Madagascar. You can find out more about it on

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