Zeid Baker, acting principal of South Peninsula (SP) High School, in Diep River, is pleased that the school’s “quality of passes were better than last year’s”.
The school achieved a 98 percent pass rate in the 2016 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations, with 158 pupils (82 percent) achieving Bachelor passes.
Mr Baker believes hard work paid off and attributes this year’s success to the “hard work of pupils and teachers, and the support of parents”.
He said targets for the matriculants had been set at the beginning of the year, and were regularly monitored and revisited. “The aim of the school is to achieve 100 percent Bachelor passes in the 2017 November examinations and a 100 percent pure mathematics pass rate.”
Mr Baker believes that this is attainable.”Eighteen pupils of the 2016 matric class achieved A-passes, 34 achieved B-passes and 71 achieved C-passes. The top pupil was Nikita Heneke, who obtained eight distinctions, including A’s in pure maths, physical sciences, life sciences and accounting.”
He says Nikita, who was accepted to study medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Cape Town, had opted to study medicine at Stellenbosch in 2017 while Ezra Yorke, who achieved eight distinctions, will also be studying medicine at Stellenbosch University.
“The school achieved 235 subject distinctions in the 2016 examinations. More than 50 percent of all candidates obtained subject distinctions. The average aggregate per learner was 64.18 percent. Two pupils obtained eight distinctions, four pupils obtained seven distinctions, three pupils obtained six distinctions, four pupils obtained five distinctions and eight pupils obtained four distinctions.”