2017

At the Drostdy Hall Leavers Dinner on Wed 04 October many students were honoured for their achievements throughout the year. These included academic, leadership, sporting, as well as the Dean of Students Leadership Award.

Catherine Deiner, Drostdy Hall Warden, presented the following awards:

 

Leavers Dinner Awards - Sakhumzi  As there is no academic award for the postgrad students of Celeste House, there is the following award instead:  Celeste House Student of the Year Award was presented to Sakhumzi Mbilini for his contribution to the residence.

The students and house-committee of Celeste respond well to his leadership as Head Student. Sakhumzi is the most involved on the house committee and leads the house commitee very well. He is extremely reliable and always available to help with anything in the residence. He readily takes initiative when necessary and we will miss his contributions to Celeste. 

Leavers Dinner Awards - Zilindile   The Dean of Students Leadership Award was presented to Zilindile Ngcongo of Prince Alfred House. 

Zilindile has been an outstanding sub-warden and committee member of Hall Comm. She has served as the Transformation Hall Rep. In this role she has attended all the training of the Equity and Institutional Office and ensures that any information she receives is passed onto the students in the Hall. She has organised guest speakers and movie nights about human rights violations and equity. She has a full timetable of awareness raising initiatives and has implemented her plan in the first semester swimmingly.

The focus in third term was on transformative environmental thinking particularly water-saving awareness. She has taken an active stance in spreading awareness about the water crisis by designing posters for the residences in the hall and encouraging students to do their part towards saving water. We have not seen many students doing this.

She has fulfilled all her duties beyond expectations and has set an exemplary standard for other students to emulate, she is an excellent role model and a leader worth following. Her academic results are outstanding and she is a mentor and counsellor to students in need of advice.

She arranged for inspirational messages to be placed under all the doors of women in Drostdy on National Women’s Day. A touching gesture. She also organised posters to go along with this in partnership with the Hall Senior Student.

This term, she focused on transforming academics and organised the ‘SAVE the SEMESTER’ Tea. Zilindile is a quiet leader who gets down and does the work without drawing attention to herself.

She takes part in all events enthusiastically and brings creative ideas that she sees through to Hall Committee. This is a rare trait to see among students who often raise concerns but do not contribute to meaningful change. She has set an example through her academics and her caring nature and counselling skills.

Zilindile qualifies and will be most deserving of the Dean of Students Leadership Award.

Leavers Dinner Awards - Nadene   The External Sportsperson of the Year Award was presented to Nadene Kupemba of Allan Gray House.  This award is presented to the best overall sportsperson of the Hall who has shown commitment, dedication & excellence not only in residence sports but also in Rhodes sports in various sporting domains. 

Nadene has been part of the Rhodes University 1st Team Women’s soccer team from 2014 - present.   She has been the Captain this year, as well as the Rhodes Football Committee-Secretary.  She represented RU at University Sports South Africa - USSA tournament – July 2017.  She took on the Allan Gray House Sports Rep portfolio from the 2nd Term after their Sports Rep resigned, on top of her Sub-Warden duties.  She has participated in almost all the inter-res sporting events this year, and has been instrumental in Allan Gray House doing so well in the inter-res sporting competition this year.

The Internal Sportsperson of the Year Award was presented to Esethu Mqongwana of Allan Gray House. This award is presented to the best overall sportsperson of the Hall who has shown commitment and dedication to inter-residence sports for their residence and who has obtained the highest points in the Hall’s inter-res points system.

The Cultural Award was presented to Yolanda Soji of Allan Gray House for outstanding achievements in the performing arts.

Productions she performed in this year:

  • Vuk’uCave – First Year Orientation Play – 13-17 February 2017.
  • Strike – Honours Directing Piece – March.
  • Ctr.Alt.Dlt – 2nd Year Physical theatre piece – May.
  • Cult Clit – Honours Choreography Piece. They performed during the National Arts Festival, from the 29th of June until the 2nd of July. The work went on to win 2 awards, Student Theatre Award for Best Original Work and Best Stage Manager.
  • Easter Concert – Hosted by the Music Department and its vocal students in celebration of Easter.
  • Women’s Day Concert – Hosted by the Music Department and its vocal students in celebration of Women and fundraising sanitary towels – 24 August 2017.

 Solo performances:

  • SRC Inauguration – The 2nd inauguration that was hosted for by-elections for the 2017 council.
  • HenneyThingCanHappen – Hennessy VIP event that was hosted at Prime.
  • SRC Ubuntu Fund Launch.
  • Drosdty’s Got Talent – Guest Performer.

 Upcoming Performances:

  • Guest performer at a Masquerade Theme Ball – 22 September 2017.
  • GALA Concert – Hosted by the Music Department, a collaboration between an orchestra and the classical vocal students on the 27th of September 2017.
  • Music Festival hosted at 37 on New – 30September 2017.
  • Music Concert – Collaboration between the classical vocal students of Rhodes University and of Nelson Mandela University on the 16th of October 2017.

The First Year Academic Award was presented to Adam Butler of Graham House, for achieving 85.25%. This award is presented to the first year student with the best overall academic performance from the mid-year examinations.

The Second Year Academic Award was presented to Alice Draper of Allan Gray House, for achieving 79%. This award is presented to the second year student with the best overall academic performance from the previous November examinations and from the mid-year examinations.

Leavers Dinner Awards - Amy  Amy Langston of Allan Gray House was awarded the Third Year Academic Award, for achieving 91%.  This award is presented to the third year student with the best overall academic performance from the previous November examinations and from the mid-year examinations.

Leavers Dinner Awards - Graham RTB  Cameron Drake, Graham House Sub-Warden, received the Round the Block Trophy on behalf of Graham House, for winning the Annual Drostdy Round the Block Relay.


Saying thank you to the Hall Senior Student, and Res Head Students, and to the Catering Staff:

Leavers Dinner - Catering StaffLeavers Dinner - Head StudentsLeavers Dinner - HSS


‌At the Welcome Dinner, held on 07 March, certificates were awarded to the top 5 students in each undergrad residence from the November 2016 exams.  Dr Chrissie Boughey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic & Student Affairs, presented the following awards:

Allan Gray House Top 5:

  1. Amy Langston - 87.83%
  2. Sinegugu Gumede - 80.82%
  3. Akira Bhoora - 77.78%
  4. Esther Chanakira - 77.22%
  5. Hlobisile Mabaso - 75.35%

Graham House Top 5:

  1. Augusto Junior - 72.22%
  2. Muhammad Dawood - 70.40%
  3. Alpha Zungu - 67.43%
  4. Samkelo Apleni - 65.80%
  5. David van Groeningen - 64.63%

Prince Alfred House Top 5:

  1. Zilindile Ngcongo - 77.78%
  2. Marilese Horne - 76.30%
  3. Sinothando Tyelbooi - 74.25%
  4. Asive Ntengenyane - 71.91%
  5. Ashley Bristow - 71.68%

 

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