Milnerton High School was over the moon as they celebrated achieving a 100 matric percent pass rate for 13 years in a row.
Principal Paul Besener said he was extremely proud of the class of 2016 and gave a special mention to their top pupil, Colette Stander, who passed with seven As and a 94 percent average.
Mr Besener has been the principal at Milnerton High for the pass 12 years and said without the strong staff support things would not work as well as they do.
“The teachers get involved in the kids’ lives. There’s a lot of peer support. The secret is having a competent staff. That way the kids buy into the system,” he said.
Edgemead High School’s matric class of 2016 fell just short of getting a perfect pass rate as they achieved 99.6 percent, a notch up from last year’s 98 percent.
Their Bachelor’s passes stood at 83.85 percent, an improvement of 7.5 percent compared to last year.
Principal Redvers Lawrence beamed with pride as he spoke about how well they did this year. “We have a dedicated and committed staff and the top end kids worked consistently hard through out the year,” he said.
Some of the pupils with the most distinctions include Jonathan de Luz and Thomas Chamberlain who both passed with eight distinctions and Zoe Austen who passed with seven distinctions.
Zoe, who was overwhelmed with happiness, told Tabletalk it all felt surreal and said she was planning to study law at the University of Cape Town.
Thomas’ mother, Elaine Strauss Louw, and step-father, Francois Louw, pointed out proudly that their son had passed Advanced Programme mathematics with 99.7 percent and mathematics with 98 percent.
Sinenjongo High School’s pass rate was 84.66, a drop from last year’s 90.6 percent. The school in Joe Slovo Park moved into their new building in mid-November (“Sinenjongo High a beacon of hope,” Tabletalk, November 2, 2016) and principal Khuselwa Nopote said their 151 matriculants still wrote some of their exams at the old school. “We are glad to still be above 80 percent but we need to go back to the drawing board and work on interventions to pull our learners through. We didn’t expect this drop,” she said.
Bonke Masizana was one of the outstanding pupils who scored an A for accounting.
Abbotts College Century City’s Bachelor’s degree pass rate was 79.48 percent. Their top candidates include Jade Briolas with six distinctions with an average of 89 percent, while Paige Zinman achieved 88.9 percent and Sabeena Parker achieved 87.9 percent with seven distinctions each.
Principal André Moolman said the matric results was a highlight on the college’s calendar.
“The Class of 2016 did not disappoint. We are very proud of our students success and with it congratulate the teachers who guided them to reach their academic goals. Well done Class of 2016,” he said.