GRAHAMSTOWN private schools St Andrew’s College and Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) reported excellent results in last year’s Independent Examinations Board (IEB) exams.
“This year’s matric results are the best results in the history of our school, a fitting end to a year of really excellent work by our matric group,” St Andrew’s headmaster Alan Thompson said.
“The achievements listed here symbolise the magic that is created when hard work, talent, and passion combine. There are no short cuts to excellence. Each achievement reflects a network of support that includes teachers, parents, and a structured and disciplined environment that creates the space within which our boys can flourish. How blessed we are, how much we have to be thankful for!” Thompson said.
St Andrew’s had a 100% pass rate, and a record number of subject results above 80%.
Nicholas Kroon achieved eight distinctions (accounting, Afrikaans first additional language, English home language, information technology, life orientation, mathematics (100%), physical sciences, and advanced programme mathematics). He obtained a full house of distinctions, including full marks (100%) for mathematics. Kroon is a local Grahamstown pupil.
Four pupils – Kai Mason (Grahamstown), Martin Kruger (Johannesburg), Harold Turner (Grahamstown) and Kelvin Boateng-Aidoo (Pretoria) – achieved seven subject distinctions.
James Kirkpatrick (Cape Town) and Zak Schlebusch (East London) achieved six distinctions.
Boys who achieved five distinctions were Dylan Hawkes (Johannesburg) and James Wilson (Johannesburg).
In addition, Kroon and Mason achieved in the top 1% in their subjects nationally. Kroon for mathematics, advanced programme mathematics, physical science, information technology and English home language; and Mason for Afrikaans first additional language and mathematics.
The matric girls of 2016 have done the DSG proud and attained a superb set of results across the board.
Of the 86 girls who sat the IEB National Senior Certificate examinations, 84 achieved a BD (which qualifies them to study towards a Bachelor’s Degree at a university) with one candidate attaining a diploma pass and another whose results are incomplete due to illness.
“This in itself is a noteworthy achievement and one of which we are exceptionally proud. In addition to this, the girls attained a whopping 200 subject distinctions and 214 B symbols,” the school said in a statement.
Tegan van der Merwe of Grahamstown attained nine subject distinctions and was placed on the IEB Commendable List for coming in the top 5% of about 10 100 candidates in five of her subjects. She was also listed in the top 1% for mathematics and music nationally.
“This is a phenomenal achievement and DSG congratulates her most warmly,” the school said.
Jaime Brockwell (Bedford), Amy Dixie (Bedford), Jessica Ferreira (Grahamstown), Tessa Glyn (Johannesburg) and Teigan Zoutendyk (Johannesburg) each achieved seven distinctions while Kimberley Devis (Bonnievale) and Natalie Rogers (Middleburg) achieved six distinctions.
A further two DSG girls, Tatiana Domnick and Emily Dvorak, attained five distinctions each. Garance Chabanel, Alexandra Evans, Callan Johnson, Gemma Kroon, Jordan MacFarlane and Anna van Hasselt attained four distinctions each.
St Andrew’s also stated that its #AcademicExcellence programme seeks to create an environment of absolute excellence in academics, and the school was proud to announce that phase 1, the renovation of the Spencer Chapman block into specialist Life Science and Physical Science laboratories was completed in November last year.
Phase 2 will see the conversion of the Cawse Library into the Cawse Knowledge Centre and Learning Hub which begins this month. These are components of a programme that included the integration of IT into teaching and learning and the implementation of a world-class iPad project, as well as the introduction of Cambridge A-levels which has all taken place last year.