Top results for DSG matriculant
Diocesan School for Girls pupil Tegan van der Merwe, who achieved a remarkable nine distinctions in the 2016 Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matric exams, will enrols for a Bachelor of Music degree at Rhodes University this year.
The increasingly competitive IEB results were announced at midnight on Thursday 29 December 2016.
Van der Merwe said after much consideration and having applied to study in a variety of fields, she had decided to study BMus at Rhodes University, as music is one of her great passions.
“I have worked very hard and am happily surprised with what I have been able to achieve.
“DSG has many brilliant teachers who have guided me through this journey and pushed me to do my best,” Van der Merwe said.
“I found the exams challenging, requiring higher-order thinking in all subjects.
Although the exams were naturally stressful, it is an extremely satisfying feeling to be able to say that I persevered to the point where I extended myself further than I initially thought possible,” said Van der Merwe.
Headmistress Shelley Frayne said their matric success was based on good juniorschool foundations.
She said they were fortunate to have an excellent crop of girls coming up to their senior school.
Frayne complimented the work that was done by the staff at the school. She said diversity is important and that the school’s staff is very diverse.
“They are highly skilled, with some having doctorates and some Masters degrees. They are committed and dedicated. They always go the extra mile.
“Relationships are good between the girls and staff. We are also blessed with wonderful facilities and we have everything that we need to do our best,” said Frayne.
Others who did well at the school were Jamie Brockwell, Amy Dixie, Jessica Ferreira, Tessa Glyn and Teigan Zoutendyk.
They each got seven distinctions while Kimberley Devis and Natalie Rogers achieved six distinctions respectively.
Frayne said of the 86 girls who wrote the examinations, 84 qualified to study towards Bachelors Degrees at universities.
One candidate attained a Diploma pass and another’s results were incomplete due to illness.
The headmistress spoke about Tegan’s love for music. She said Tegan had been playing the piano since the age of five.
Frayne said in her time at DSG, Tegan had won the Junior School Hymn and March Competition, played solo piano at prizegiving in her Grade 7 year and participated in the Sanlam National Youth Music Competition.
“Tegan has participated in several Eisteddfods and received numerous gold and double gold awards.
“In 2013 and 2016 she took part in the prestigious National Atterbury Piano Competition and she has also participated in several National Graham- stown Music Competitions, where she received a special award in 2015.
“She is a regular performer at Open Concerts and Youth music Festivals here at DSG.
“Tegan is not just a pianist. She is also a very competent bass guitarist and performs regularly with the Contemporary Band and the Wind Orchestra,” said Frayne.
Diocesan School for Girls pupil Tegan van der Merwe achieved nine distinctions in the 2016 Independent Examinations Board matric exams and will enrol for a BMus Degree at Rhodes University next year.