Pretoria - Hard work and balance: that was the recipe for success for Mzwakhe Feni, who matriculated from The Glen High School.
Bernice Fernandes and Demi-Lee Campbell, from Willowridge High, agree.
Said Bernice: “We did well, we did very well, but my advice would be just to start from the beginning. Don’t put yourself in a position where you’re gonna be running around the whole year. Focus from day one and you will be fine.”
Wandile Thela, another Glen High pupil, emphasised the importance of balance.
“You’ve got to try and enjoy your last year as a matric student, but keep your focus in mind,” he said. “Party hard and work harder.”
At Pretoria High School for Girls, Meisie Modiga pointed out that support was important, and said she was blessed to have the support of her family during her matric year.
Allison Lamb, the head of assessment at Girls’ High, said she was very happy with the results: “Our results are excellent, and are a true reflection of the hard work put in by the pupils and staff.”
One of the first pupils to receive his results at Pretoria Boys’ High was Le Roux Geldenhuys jr, whose father, Le Roux Geldenhuys sr, was there with him for support.
As the pair exited the hall, Geldenhuys sr raised his arms into the air.
Le Roux jr said finishing was a strange feeling, but he was glad that it was finally over.
Matric pupil Hanyani Ntlemo said the pressure was off and now he could relax until varsity started.
Andrew McCabe was all smiles as he quipped: “I can’t wait for varsity, as I will be attending classes with girls present.”
Andries Van Wyk, the director of studies at Boys’ High, said they obtained 489 distinctions and a pass rate of 99.6 percent.
Daya Chetty, the principal of Laudium Secondary School, stressed the importance of parental participation.
Jeet Trivedi was the school’s top pupil. He obtained seven distinctions.
Trivedi’s father, Ameet, said he was very proud of his son.
“He is naturally talented and did not have to work as hard as the other pupils who obtained fewer distinctions,” he said.
Chetty said Trivedi was the first pupil at the school to obtain seven distinctions since the new curriculum had come into effect in the new education dispensation.
Close behind Trivedi was Kharoonisa Hoorzook, who obtained four distinctions and three B symbols. Chetty said her B symbol results were so high that she could probably increase them to As if she had the papers remarked.
Loreto Convent School is delighted with its 100 percent pass rate, which it has managed to maintain for 19 years now.
The school’s proud principal, Stuart Shillinglaw, said: “We have received 97.1 percent university exemptions this year – which is a great achievement.”
Top pupils were Tessa Baloyi and Carmen Plaatjies, who each notched up seven distinctions.
Hoërskool Langenhoven is proud of its pass rate of 98.5 percent and congratulated its matriculants on their hard work and dedication, which had made them the best achievers in the district of 15 city schools.
Tshepang Legora was singled out for achieving seven distinctions, and Odirile Ntsudisane for his five.
Crawford College Pretoria achieved a 100 percent pass rate and its pupils’ hard work was rewarded with dozens of distinctions.
Tinus Ferreira and Su-Marie Roux – recorded as having nine distinctions – actually had 10 taking advanced maths into account. Joshua van Rooyen’s tally of distinctions also went up to nine when advanced maths was included.
Crawford College Pretoria was named the top independent school in the NSC by the Gauteng Department of Education yesterday.