Dihan attended Laerskool Edleen in Kempton Park. When he arrived at King Edward VII School, he was the only Afrikaans speaking boy in his class. He initially struggled in a few of his subjects but now things have greatly improved and he is certain he made the right choice in deciding to come to KES.
He said his classmates were all eager to help him and he attended extra lessons to get up to speed. He has had no problem fitting in. He enjoys the banter between the boys – giving as good as he gets and he has made some good friends.
Being part of the under-14A hockey team has also helped to make him feel at home. His team played most of the top teams in the country and only lost two games. He was in the final group from which the Southern Gauteng under-14 team was chosen. Dihan believes none of this would have been possible if he had not decided to attend KES.
Dihan is impressed by the traditions, discipline and the respect he has experienced at KES. He believes these attributes will help him in the world beyond school. He said he loves the “support from everyone for everyone” and seems surprised that even his under 14 hockey team has a crowd of supporters whenever they play. His team in turn supports the other teams when they play. War cry practices on Fridays are a special and emotional time for him as they “make you feel like you are part of something big”.
Dihan said it has been hard work learning to study in English, but it has been worth it and it will help him when he attends university. He is an excellent example of the diversity found at KES – different people, but one unified school.