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A Senior School teacher by day and a full-time club DJ by night, Grace Buthelezi (Class of 2014), shares with us, for December’s edition of Heart to Heart, what she has been up to since leaving school, and how her years at St John’s D.S.G. prepared her for the big wide world.

Grace is an energetic and determined young lady who is extremely compassionate and understands the needs of those around her. These incredible qualities are beneficial in her role working alongside young learners and the teenagers she teaches are truly blessed to have her as a role model and mentor.

Through hard work and determination in the music industry, Grace (a.k.a.  DJ Fanele Grace) has had the opportunity to collaborate with some tops brands over the years. A few of these include Glamour Magazine, Sportscene, JOOX Live, The Fix Clothing Store, Oppi Koppi and many more. To add to Grace’s extremely busy schedule, she is now furthering her studies by starting her Honours Degree in 2021.

It was a pleasure catching up with this talented lady for this month’s Heart to Heart. Take a look at what she says:

What did you love most about St John’s D.S.G.?

“The boarding establishment! I made the best of friends there. The Drama Department was also one of my favourite places. Being a part of the school productions, musicals or anything that required me to be on stage, has made me into who I am today.”

What does success mean to you and how did St John’s D.S.G. equip you for life after school?

“Success to me means achieving goals I set for myself. As a 24-year-old, I’ve already achieved so much, thanks to St Johns D.S.G. Being a boarder equipped me with the skill of independence, the ability to think out the box, to respect everybody regardless of where they come from and to constantly do my best no matter what I put my mind to.”

What advice do you have for our current girls and their families?

“Make the most of your Senior School career, take up space everywhere and anywhere. Do not be shy to let your light shine. Allow the school to help you wherever they can and be the best version of you. Whether in Academics, Sport or Cultural activities, always give it your best!”

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