Hard work, and all-round sup­port

Grocott's Mail - - ECONOMIX - By SUE MACLEN­NAN

Graeme Col­lege Dux and top matric Jarah Flux­man, who achieved seven As and 94% for an ad­di­tional Ad­vance Pro­gramme Math­e­mat­ics course, is grate­ful to the school for the space it’s given him to pur­sue what he loves.

“It’s an amaz­ing school, given the ed­u­ca­tion it of­fers that com­petes with big­ger-bud­get schools,” Jarah told Gro­cott’s Mail.

He says, though, that while it’s been great be­ing ac­knowl­edged for his spe­cial tal­ents, he’s re­ally look­ing for­ward to uni­ver­sity this year where he in­tends to ex­plore dif­fer­ent in­ter­ests, and where he plans not to be seen as just “the maths guy”.

He’s en­rolling for a BSc at the Uni­ver­sity of the Witwa- ter­srand, fo­cus­ing on Maths, Physics and Ap­plied Maths.

Prin­ci­pal Kevin Wat­son said he was thrilled with the school’s 100% matric pass rate – the first time they’d achieved this since 2012.

“It’s been an all-round staff ef­fort,” Wat­son said, “that in­cludes spe­cific in­ter­ven­tions in cer­tain sub­jects.

Tracey Kenyon, he said, had done ex­cel­lent work sup­port­ing learn­ers for whom English was a sec­ond lan­guage, and there had been free ex­tra maths classes every day.

“We’ve got a hard-work­ing, ded­i­cated staff who con­trib­ute to an all-round ed­u­ca­tion that doesn’t only fo­cus on aca­demics,” Wat­son said.

“It’s an ethic we pass on to our pupils – they work: they don’t get spoon­fed.”

Photo: Sue Maclen­nan

Graeme Col­lege's top matric Jarah Flux­man flanked by prin­ci­pal Kevin Wat­son (left) and Jarah’s dad Tony Flux­man.

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