South Peninsula High School, in Diep River, achieved a 99 percent pass rate in the 2017 National Senior Certificate examinations.
Bachelor’s degree passes were achieved by 159 pupils (84%).
Zeid Baker, SP acting-principal, believes that the quality of passes were better than last year when the school recorded a 97.9% pass rate.
He attributed this year’s success to the hard work of pupils and teachers, and the support of parents.
Targets were set for the matric class of 2017 at the beginning of the year, which were regularly monitored and revisited. The
aim of the school is to achieve a 100% Bachelor’s pass in the 2018 November examinations and a 100% Pure Mathematics pass. Mr Baker believes that this is attainable.
Professor Shirley Zinn, an ex-pupils of the school and author of the book, Swimming Upstream, addressed SP’s students on Friday January 5.
Ten pupils of the 2017 matric class achieved A-passes, 55 achieved B-passes and 59 achieved C-passes.
The top pupil was Luqmaan Mathee, who obtained eight distinctions, including A’s in Pure Maths, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, IT and Geography.
Luqmaan, who was accepted for engineering at UCT and Stellenbosch, will be studying at Stellenbosch.
The school achieved 240 subject distinctions in the 2017 examinations and more than 60% of all candidates obtained subject distinctions.
Mr Baker commended the role played by South Peninsula’s feeder primary schools such as Fairview Primary, Heathfield Primary, Muhamedeyah, Sid G Rule Primary, John Graham and many others in preparing the pupils for high school.
“The role of the primary school teachers, especially in poor communities, is crucial in ensuring that the foundations for a solid education are in place. We are fortunate to have these schools serving our community,” said Mr Baker.