Tino Sadaraki has been at the school since the beginning of grade eight and he is loving it here. At the start of this year, however, he was looking at leaving and going to school in Roodepoort, closer to where he lives.
“I was living with my parents in Roodepoort and travelling to KES and back every day,” he said. “That meant getting up at 4.30am every morning and sitting in transport for two hours. And the same in the afternoon, which meant that when I had sport I would get home after dark, and then still have to do my homework.”
It was clearly an impossible situation, and his family could not afford to put him in boarding. His story came to the attention of two old boys who decided to fund his boarding so that he could stay at the school. The TAG Foundation facilitated the process and his managing the scholarship and Tino is now a happy boarder at Gordon House.
“Hostel life was new to me and I have only been there for a few weeks now, but I am loving it. Living at school has made all the difference. I am with my friend all the time and not spending so much time travelling means I can focus on my school work and sport.”
“He played B team cricket and rugby last year and is hoping to move up now. “I had to leave practices early last year, which didn’t help, and now that I’m on the property I am getting extra help and coaching.”
His dreams are to play A team and to achieve an A average. “Even if I don’t get there it would be OK, as long as I keep improving at everything I do. My sponsors speak to me every day, and they encourage me. I am going to give it my best.”