Kialan, who started high school when he was 10, achieved distinctions for all seven subjects that he took.
He was home-schooled as a young child and described his early education as “non-structured and holistic” – it even included trips to Egypt, Greece and Italy with his mother to fuel his passion for Egyptology and archaeology.
He started Grade 1 at Kainon Primary in Westville. “It was fun because I got to socialise with other children but I was bored, intellectually,” he said. A decision was taken to place Kialan in a higher grade and, at the age of eight, he started Grade 5.
“Initially, it was a bit of an adjustment,” he said, “But I made good friends and we are still good friends, to this day.”