Updated: Dec 22, 2021
There are days where I look back on my school career and I realize how much QCS has set me up for life. As an almost 24 year old, I was honored to be in QCS from Gr 0-12. QCS has always been set apart from other schools, because we focus on not only setting students up with a good education, but also instilling in them the understanding that we need Christ as the center of our lives.
Our international curriculum taught me the importance of being diligent in the work i had to do. I was encouraged to be wise with my time, not focus on my failures, and pay attention to details. Along with that I was surrounded by amazing teachers and mentors that always encouraged me to have a personal relationship with Christ.
I finished my school career in 2013 and between then and now, I was able to complete my degree in BA Psychology online. At the end of 2017 I found myself with the opportunity to be an Au Pair in the USA. I moved here in December of 2017 and have been living here ever since. Daily I am faced with the challenges of deciding if I am going to be listening to God or if I'm going to listen to the world. However, I find myself being reminded of the lessons that I was taught during my school career. The wisdom that I got from my mentors and the scriptures I learnt while completing my education is what I hold onto.
I was also always encouraged to be involved in my community while I was in school. Moving to the USA i was faced with whether I would continue to pursue that now that no one was encouraging me to do it. However getting involved in my local community had opened doors for me to be a part of something that was more than myself, as well as giving me the opportunity to be a light. I have been fortunate enough to be involved in the local schools here, as well as my local church.
But on the days when its hard, this is what I am reminded of:
I'm reminded that my parents saw the value in my education, this allow me to be involved in a school that provided me with an environment where I could thrive.
I'm reminded of how Uncle Andre taught me to be a difference maker wherever I am.
I'm reminded of Aunty Elsa who encouraged me to use my voice and taught me how to be confident with whatever platform I am given.
I'm reminded of Aunty Danelle who taught me to practice until I can make whatever I do perfect.
I'm reminded of Aunty Betty who taught me Psalm 100 - to always make a joyful noise to God.
I'm reminded of Uncle Johan who with so much patience taught me that the way I see things might be different from the way others see it, and that's okay! I just need to sit down and figure it out!
I'm reminded of Aunty Rose who taught me to always know a little about everything so that i can remember that the world is much bigger than me.
I'm reminded of Aunty Erika, who taught me to do the right thing even when no one is looking.
I'm reminded of the scriptures I learnt while working through my school work - Avoid all appearances of evil. God is with you he will not leave you nor forsake you. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. This is what I hold onto
I am ever grateful for the opportunity that I had to be involved in QCS, and I would encourage you to get involved too!
Antoinette Du Plessis
Class of 2013