Old Stanfordian Association
A Stanfordian for life
As you have embarked on your adventure of becoming an adult and joining the workforce and are no longer a pupil at Stanford Lake College, it does not mean you’re no longer part of the Stanford Family – you will always be associated with this very special College.
The Alumni Association is headed by a dedicated committee of past pupils whose main goal is to build a network of all old Stanfordians and to grow the Alumni Fund.
By building the Stanfordian network, it allows us to arrange reunions, sports days, and formal and informal events. It also helps you to connect with your old classmates and the greater Stanfordian Family.
Old Stanfordian Committee
Class of 2008
Akani was elected as the Alumni Association Chairman in February 2020. He says “Having grown in the presence of those with little and much. I have seen the inequality in our beautiful nation. It for this reason that I have decided to do my part to ensure equality. I am currently a part of a number of initiatives that look to bridge the gap in the Tzaneen area. Ubuntu is my favourite Stanford Lake College value because it speaks to the collective and not an individual.”
Class of 2008
Paul has been involved in the Alumni Association for a number of years, acting as Chairman from 2016 to 2019. Paul studied at the University of Pretoria where he obtained his Bachelor, Honours and Master's Degrees in Civil Engineering. He is currently working as a Project Manager in the Mining Sector in South Africa. He has an appreciation for the outdoors, travelling and exploring new places. Paul says, “I have very fond memories of Stanford Lake College. It was an incredible school that helped build me to who I am today.”
Class of 2013
Cassie grew up on a farm in Georges Valley and matriculated from Stanford in 2013, where she served as Head Girl. Growing up with two older brothers and a very athletic family, Stanford was the ideal place for her to develop her passion for sport and the outdoors. It propelled her towards a career in Physiotherapy. She completed her honours degree at TUKS and her community service year at Far East Rand Hospital in Springs. She has used many of the values SLC has instilled in her, such as empathy, dedication and integrity. The desire to help others has led her to practice as a Neurological Rehabilitation Therapist for McCullough, Harrison and Partners in Sandton. She is friendly and outgoing and loves to spend time with her family.
Class of 2012
After studying in Potchefstroom for five years, followed by travelling through South East Asia, Lori has now settled down in Modjadjiskloof and is currently working at Trophy Toyota. Lori says that Stanford Lake College ignited her passion for adventure and her love for the outdoors.
Class of 2012
Elmar is currently working in construction after completing his studies in Architecture at UP. Elmar says he is excited to contribute to the legacy of Stanford Lake College by sitting on the Alumni Committee.
The purpose of the Alumni Fund is to reach out to those less fortunate and afford them the same life-changing opportunity to experience the unique all-round education for which Stanford Lake College is renowned. This fund is financed by donations and monthly debit orders. If you would like to contribute to it, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Fausto Di Palma
Class of 2005
I was only at SLC for two years: Grade 11 and 12. In this short time, I was taught and absorbed more about what it means to work hard, set yourself goals, be disciplined and have the grit and determination to excel in anything that you do, than in previous years at my former high school and even afterward at University. Without the fantastic teachers focusing on and helping me, the beautiful environment within which SLC is situated, and without the right attitude, I would not have succeeded or even been allowed to go to University. SLC is an incredible place, built and maintained by incredible and dedicated people, from teachers, parents and pupils to chefs and cleaners.
Class of 2017
During my time at Stanford Lake College, I learned to always aim to achieve more. In Grade 8, I started out as a lost seed who hadn't settled in good grounds yet. I soon found a family in all my friends and teachers because the value of Ubuntu isn't just something that is said at SLC, it is something that is practiced. Stanford taught me the true meaning of determination, I remember being taught a quote while on Trek and it was these words that fueled my drive to dream and never stop moving until all my dreams become reality. Those trips showed me that I am capable of crossing the highest mountains in life. Those trips taught me to love nature and to see the beauty in every single detail. Stanford Lake College has given me the ability to keep striving for more.
Head Boy 2006
Stanford’s holistic approach, encouraging problem-solving and teamwork, formed a solid foundation for me going forward in both my career and daily life. The values instilled at the school are a vital part of who I am today and I always look back fondly on my time spent at SLC and value the lifelong friendships forged on that misty mountain.
Head Girl 2000
Stanford Lake College was a unique high school experience that shaped me to value leadership, take initiative and be a pioneer. I have fond memories of the friendships, school adventures and teachers at Stanford. What stands out most is that each pupil was treated as an individual, whose talents and skills were valued
Xyxa Bothma (Stander)
Class of 2011
Going to Stanford was more than just getting an education to me, it was about becoming a part of a family. Before Stanford I was not a great academic nor did I really have a place, in fact, I was struggling to discover who I was as a person and where I was heading. After joining Stanford Lake College, I was embraced as a newcomer and made incredible friends. I also found that teachers took interest and offered endless support to help me find my direction. Stanford helped me discover who Xyza is and what I wanted out of life. It most definitely gave me the confidence I needed to achieve all of that and more.
Khensani de Klerk
Class of 2013
When I look back at my time at SLC, I always do so fondly. It remains one of the few points in my (admittedly still young) life that were critical in shaping my thinking, ambition and independence today. I had the opportunity to broaden my perspectives through the Round Square exchange programme, which catalysed an ongoing curiosity I have for places and the built environment. I am currently reading an MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design at The University of Cambridge (UK) which I believe is rooted in — amongst other critical moments — my time at Stanford. I owe my persistent inclination for accumulating knowledge and engaging in critical discourse to SLC, from my time spent in an inspiring debating team. The teachers who ignited my drive to hopefully one day inspire as they had, were all visibly committed to their passions which they not only taught but motivated. Lastly, Stanford reminds me of the beauty of life - its location embedded in the forested mountains of Magoebaskloof. Often sat in mist on Monday mornings, arriving at boarding school, there was a calling for a week of adventure.