Meet Kyra, our Head of School.

May 25, 2022

How long have you been at SCS?


My name is Kyra, and I started my journey at SCS 11 years ago. I came to the school when I was in Grade 1 and am now in my matric year. I feel incredibly privileged to have spent the majority of my school career at this special place. People often ask me if I could go back would I change anything, and my answer is always no. SCS is my home, and I would not have changed the past 11 years for the world.


 What drew you to this school and why do you think SCS is unique?


My family is mostly environmentally passionate and aware – the nature based schooling and intimate atmosphere is what drew them to the school. I myself am also hugely passionate about the environment and conserving it, and this is the main reason as to whyI always chose to stay at this school, The older I got, the more I realized how important and special it is to be brought up in such a family orientated school and this is what has kept me grounded at this school the past few years- the SCS family.


 What makes SCS so different from other schools?


The people. I have found that the people in our school are hugely empathetic and caring. I took this for granted until I got older and understood more about the dynamics of people. There really is something so unique about coming to school every day and spending time with teachers, peers and other staff who have been with you for the last 10 years, I truly love it. I love being able to walk into the prep school and have conversations with the teachers who first taught me back in grade 1, they now have seen me grow into the woman I am today. I love being able to reminisce with my classmates about our class trips we took together when we were in Grade 4, and are now reaching our final year of school together in the same special place that is SCS. Alongside this aspect, I have always appreciated the nature-based schooling, environmental awareness and teaching us at a young age about what it means to be sustainable.


What is your lifetime dream or ambition?


To fulfill my duties in conserving the environment as much as possible. Southern Cross has taught me from a young age how important it is to conserve our planet, and to advocate for the wellbeing of it. I aim to never lose my bush roots, and to always follow my passions in preserving our natural world. I believe my life’s purpose is to fulfill this duty and to dedicate everything I have to saving the future of our planet. I do not only want to focus on the environmental aspect but our community too. Coming from Hoedspruit and Southern Cross, community will always be close to my heart and I want to make sure that I am always actively participating in helping communities around the world whether it be environmental or social. I believe too many people spend their lives trying to be more successful than the guy next to them rather than working with each other for the bigger picture and wellbeing of our future.


If you could name one positive thing that SCS has taught you, what would it be?


To always remain true to your roots, and to never let your passion die out. Southern Cross has always taught me to never be afraid to express my passions and my true self. SCS has always been a hugely accepting community, and I will carry this value with me throughout the rest of my life. I will forever be grateful that I was able to spend 12 years at SCS, and that the SCS family accepted me for who I am without any hesitation. It is going to be exceptionally hard to leave the SCS family behind at the end of the year, but comforting knowing there will always be a place for me when I come back to visit. It has been an honor schooling at SCS the past 12 years, and even better leading the school in my final year. I feel incredibly blessed and forever grateful.

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