Aurum International College of Education
Centre number: ZA075
Gauteng education Department Registration number: 400433
(011) 326 0440
In This Issue
Alumni News: “The Unknown De-
gree” Joseph Tewson pages 2 &3
Alumni News: Yes you can! What
Joseph has been up to. Pages 4-6
Meet the quiz team! Pages 6 & 7
PTLA Report back.
Life skills coaching…
Important Dates to Diarize
Aurum International College February 2015
From The principal’s office…
I sit in my office looking in anticipation at prospective parents several
times a week. This particular time was different – this time has been
imprinted in my memory as deeply as the place that these young peo-
ple have won deep inside my heart.
The mother in front of me was Bev Tewson. Joseph and Tamryn were
about to start their Aurum Adventure. As we finalized the legalities I
will never forget what Bev said to me: “I have never trusted my
children to anybody– and I am trusting them to you”. Being a
mother I committed in my heart to loving them as if they were my
own. I do love each and every one of my Aurum students/children
- past and present in that manner - and I am so blessed that you
as parents and guardians entrust them to me.
In this issue I hope to share with you a little more about Aurum,
Medicine, our past student Joseph Tewson and his educational
Journey - which I hope will inspire some of you as you embark on
yours - enjoy!
Joseph Tewson :
Adinda's classes were
From left to right, Tamryn Harris,
Sayaka Aoki and Joseph Tewson.
From Left to right:
and Joseph Tewson
From left to right:
and Joseph Tew-
Joseph Tewson The most
incredible, helpful, talented,
teacher I ever had (aside from
my own mother). Will never
forget how you gave up your
weekends for us and how you
were always willing to bend
as far backwards as we were
willing to learn. Forever grate-
BHSc – The ’Unknown’ Degree : Joseph Tewson
The Bachelor of Health Science degree was established in 2005, designed for peo-
ple who have an interest in a career in a range of health related fields.
BHSc is a three-year degree. The first two years are in line with the first two years of
MBBCh, only differing by one subject in second year (Medics do Health System Dy-
namics, whilst BHSc students do Fundamentals of Health and Disease. In the third
year of study, students take on two majors. The first is a compulsory FHD course in
which students learn all about health in the context of South Africa; how health care
is funded, the different sectors of the health care system, the most prevalent diseas-
es in South Africa, primary health care, community-based health care, pharmacology, ethics and much more. The
second major can be selected from a variety of courses, some of which include: Human Biology (Anatomy), Phys-
iology, Medical Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine.
After one completes the undergraduate BHSc degree, studies can be furthered by doing honours, masters and
PHD degrees. However, past BHSc students have gone in various other directions as well. Some chose to do a
PDM (Postgraduate Diploma in Management). This opens doors to enter into the health care management sector,
an avenue that is currently in need of motivated professionals. Others went into one of the many health science
degrees such as Physiotherapy, Dentistry or Medicine. Some chose a completely new field such as opening their
own art studio. If you are undecided, there are still more options. Other students, like myself, chose to go in the
direction of becoming an “-ist” – a Physiologist, an Anatomist etc.
Health care has always been at my core, whether it be in management, as a medical doctor or even an academic.
Currently it looks as though it is going in the direction of a professional student.
In my final year of schooling I applied for Medicine and Biomedical Engineering. A letter arrived in the post con-
gratulating me for being accepted into Biomedical Health Sciences (of which I had never heard of before). After a
long telephone call with a lovely lady from the university, explaining what the degree entailed, I was absolutely
thrilled about what I had mistakenly gotten myself into. Almost five years down the line and I am still thrilled and
standing in awe of creation, as a result of what I do every day.
My brother when he
gets home from Wits
Mignon Jane Tewson
WSSSS Fun Walk: Wits
Currently, Anatomy is the passion that consumes me. It is ironic, actually, because it was my weakest subject
in second year. I failed it throughout the year, up until I wrote the supplementary exam, somehow managed to
scrape through. It was not as a result of not studying; endless nights were spent in the library until 11pm
when the closing bell would shriek one to a stiffening jolt in their chair. It was my favourite and the most fasci-
nating subject, yet the copious amounts of material to get through just made it impossible to enjoy. So, I de-
cided to do my Honours degree in Anatomy (Neuroanatomy, to be specific). Finally there was enough time to
actually learn all the work and to also really enjoy it. I am currently doing my MSc in Neuroanatomy, whilst
tutoring Anatomy to second year students and doing casual ‘table doctoring’ on the side. I also have the privi-
lege of having a part time job that entails being a skin transplantation technology representative to major hos-
pitals and burns units around the country. As a part of the MSc, we are required to dissect the model cadav-
ers in the dissection halls. The human body is the most intricate journey of exploration and discovery.
Masters degrees are usually obtained within eighteen months to two years; however, if one puts in the extra
effort and your supervisor is able to accommodate you, then it is possible to obtain it in one year. ‘Upgrading’
to a PHD at around eighteen months and obtaining the title of ‘Doctor’ around two years later, depending on
how long your project takes you, is also a viable option. But wow – I am not prepared for all the reading that a
PHD requires – I can barely finish reading a book for fun!
I foresee myself studying Medicine in the future, as it is a broad field and it is the kind of day-to-day human
interaction that I find myself drawn to. A passion for community health and health care re-engineering has
crept its way inside of me. Prospects for the future are exciting and seem to be ever-changing. However, what
right have I been given to have these prospects? What with all the starvation and suffering that we (do not)
see in this world. I cringe at how I sometimes find myself sitting on my ‘high-horse’ of academics and the en-
joyments of life. Will someone please invent a humility shot for society?!
It’s too easy to get caught up with a career and ourselves, but, at the end of the day, what is all of this? Aren’t
we all just going to die anyway? What happens if our lives are spent toiling away and always working towards
‘more’ and ‘better’, if it takes away from the simple, pure joys of life? What about the heart? The spirit? What’s
I work with cadavers. As they lay there on these cold, metal tables... where are they now? These are their re-
mains. Surely this can’t be all though? If it is, then perhaps we should all adopt more of an approach towards,
“live it up!”. But if it is not... then what? What a frightening question. An eluded reality…
Joe Tewson with Bev Tewson Speaking at his friend Brendan Mark Savary’s 21st
Her is my CV- it may enlighten you a bit
as to what I have been up to recently’
Sending love and hugs,
Only 21 years young and joseph
has achieved so much!
What a CV—you deserve to be
proud Joe! We are certainly very
proud of you at Aurum. May all your
dreams come true as you continue
on your path to greatness– Congrat-
2015 TRIALS Gauteng Area 6th March Johannesburg
NATIONAL SCHOOL QUIZ CHAMPIONSHIP(TM) is a television quiz competition open to every second-
ary school in the country regardless of rural or urban, race, social, creed or economic status. Each school
makes up a team of its best and brightest 3 learners (grade 10,11,12) to excel as the top academic team
in the country. The top 3 schools will win grand prizes, bursaries and the 2014-2024 NSQC Legacy Cup Of
Champions of R750 000.00
Our main objectives are academic excellence, equal at a value opportunities, school pride, school legacy,
social-cohesion, job creation and nation building.
Past Students Danielle Kullmann
and Sabelo Chirwa with the tro-
phy we hope to bring home to
We wish our Ariel and the
team the best of Luck–
and General Knowledge
for Friday the 6th of
Watch this space!
MEET THE QUIZ TEAM…
Life-line and teacher
Ariel Wertlen Spilkin
A very big thank you to Mrs Alexandra Greeff, mother to Suehela Scallan who
has offered to help Cathy With marketing , to Mr Jean-Paul de Breurges father to
Dagan Brooks who has offered to look into bursaries for disadvantaged student
and Mr Godfrey Morley, father to Daniella Dominique Morley who has also been
volunteered by his family to help the college with marketing and advertising
Please remember to email
Cathy@aurumcollege.co.za should you be will-
ing to form part of the PTLA association.
Next meeting is scheduled for the 9th April
Mrs Zillah Ketcher is a parent who has volun-
teered to assist our students with Life Skills…
Here is a bit more about this coaching/ aid for
Adolescent Life Coaching
Aurum International College
Why does coaching work?
The main aim of coaching adolescents is to help teenagers, who are in an extremely
emotionally complex stage of life, to reach their full potential in achievement, relationship with
self and relationship with others.
When trying to understand coaching, in can be helpful to consider the role of the sports
coach. The sports coach does not play in the particular game himself or herself, but instead
offers players in the game perspective and insight, motivation and strategy, promotes growth
and helps a player work towards achieving their particular goals whilst promoting better
performance. The sports coach also observes play with a certain amount of impartiality. In a
similar way a Life Skills Coach promotes improved performance in life for the individual by
offering similar skills to the game of life.
A Life Skills Coach for adolescents facilitates conscious living for teenagers who wish to live life
with ease, joy and love. This is done by assisting the teenager with acknowledging his or her
true self, and then gently guiding them towards achieving their dreams, goals and plans,
whether work achievement goals, goals towards improving interpersonal relations, or
emotional literacy and management.
When coaching teenagers, however, coaching usually concentrates more on interpersonal
Live as if you
were going to die
Learn as if you
were going to live
IMPORTANT DATES TO DIARIZE
1. Monday 10th March: Classes resume after study break
2. Friday 27th March 2014: Prefect voting
3. Wednesday 1st April 2014: Cultural Evening and Prize
4. Wednesday 8th April: All marks to the Office by 12h00.
5. Thursday 9th April: 18h30 Meeting of PTLA Association.
6. Saturday 11th April :Open Day: 9h00 - 14h00
7. Thursday 16th April: Parents Evening 18h00– 19h30
Aurum International : Opening the World