First female LRC chairperson for Westside High

Trendsetter plans to lead upfront

05 November 2018 | Education

Metumu Tjimune; Westside High LRC Chairperson; “Trying to please the students and teachers becomes an almost impossible task.”

Tamara Innes and Leandrea Louw - Metumu Tjimune (17) made history by being elected as the first ever female chairperson of the Learner Representative Council (LRC) of Westside High School.

She started her school career at Westside High 11 years ago, as a grade one learner and has been making strides ever since.

Apart from being an LRC memberl, she is a member of the school’s chess club, the editor of the school newspaper, The Oryx, and also serves on the Swakopmund Junior Town Council.

Tjimune explains that one of the challenges of serving on the LRC is juggling all the responsibilities and duties.

“The pressure to always be exemplary also comes as a challenge. Trying to please the students and teachers becomes an almost impossible task. I was overwhelmed with excitement and pride for my school when I heard I was elected chairperson. I was nervous and afraid and equally excited to take on my role. Although this was a dream of mine for a very long time, I didn’t expect the learners to actually vote a woman in as chairperson.”

The main responsibilities of the chairperson are that of being the spokesperson for the LRC, being an example, as well as guiding and coordinating the LRC and its activities.

“I want to implement strategies and ways to increase school pride and co-operation between the learners and teachers. I intend to make the voices of our learners heard, so that they feel their opinions and ideas are important and needed.”

Tjimune explained that when it comes to juggling all her extra-curricular activities, prioritising is of the utmost importance.

“When you know what your priority is (in my case, my academics), the rest of the things basically fall into place. Getting a hang of it was tough at first but I’ve gotten into the habit of knowing what to do and when to do them.”

Time management is still one of her struggles but she says she is getting there.

“When it all becomes too much I follow the advice given to me by our LRC guardian teacher, Mr. Innes: ‘Take a moment and breath’.”

Other than passing grade 12 to the best of her ability, she plans on giving Westside her time, energy, talent, passion, and to lead and to inspire with every chance she gets.

Her message to other girls who have aspirations of becoming a chairperson or head girl is that the position is yours if you want it badly enough.

“Charles Bukowski said: If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will yet be another dull book in the library of life.

“I say, don’t ever let anyone write your book for you. Pursue your hearts desires, even if it’s the last thing you do.”

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