Top results for DSG ma­tric­u­lant

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By LOYISO DYONGMAN

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.

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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.

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