We’re proud to introduce another outstanding alumnus from our SSP Class of 2004, Tinhiko Nkuna. An inspiring educational leader, Tinhiko serves as the Deputy Head at St. Mary’s School, Waverley—a position that marks her as the first black Deputy Head in the institution’s 130-year history.
A Pioneering Educational Path
Tinhiko’s educational journey is a reflection of her multifaceted talents. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law & French from Rhodes University. Later, she secured a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, focusing on History and French, followed by a BEd Honours in Education Management from the University of South Africa.
An Innovator and More
“Her passion and vision for educational transformation has been evident in her teaching and in her role as head of Phelps House,” says Deanne King, Head of St. Mary’s School. Tinhiko sees herself as a pastoral caregiver, innovator, systems thinker, and academic staff motivator. She believes in creating environments where students feel “appropriately stretched and fulfilled.”
Real-World Learning Architect
Tinhiko is enthralled by the learning process and the “power of the mind.” She stresses that classroom experiences should be transferable to the ‘real world,’ and vice versa. Her broad education in law aids her to navigate the complexities of education law, not just in South Africa but potentially on a global scale.
Transforming Education, One Policy at a Time
Her approach to educational transformation isn’t just theoretical; it’s profoundly practical. Tinhiko champions the importance of accurate social observations for developing authentic educational institutions. Following these observations, she believes in the need for implementing salient policies while also allowing room for dreaming and “remembering the future.”
A Speaker and a Thought Leader
Tinhiko’s insights have found platforms beyond the educational institution she serves. She has been a speaker at various esteemed forums, including EduTech Africa Conferences and the National Coalition of Girls Schools Virtual Conference, among others.
Why Tinhiko Matters to SSP
Tinhiko’s path is one that embodies the essence of SSP’s mission: to enable gifted young South Africans to become leaders who contribute meaningfully to society. From a promising student to an impactful educator and leader, Tinhiko is a shining example of the long-term effects that SSP hopes to cultivate in all its scholars.
Join us in celebrating Tinhiko Nkuna, a true change-maker in the world of education. Her story is not just her own; it’s a testament to what becomes possible when potential meets opportunity through SSP. Get involved today and be a part of the chain of transformation.