Pupils have mixed feelings about last year of high school
IT’S ALL over bar the results for the matrics of 2011, who said a final farewell yesterday to their high school days.
Now, with the last exam paper completed this week, hundreds of thousands of matrics start the countdown to the release of the results on January 5 next year.
Last year’s matrics managed a 67.8 percent pass rate in the Western Cape.
Weekend Argus spoke to some local matrics to get their opinion on their final year of school.
18, head girl of Groenvlei High School in Lansdowne, said she would always have fond memories of her matric year.
“The year went off very smoothly and now it’s only the long wait till the results.”
“I will always remember my matric ball, my valedictory ceremony and the matric camp for the Grade 12s of Groenvlei.”
“The exams went off well, but there was lots of pressure on us to excel. I struggled a bit with my maths paper but I am confident that I will pass.”
“I’ve applied to CPUT to study teaching. It is something I’ve always wanted to do. I think teaching is an honourable way to give back to the community.
“My application was successful and I will be heading off to CPUT as soon as I get my results. I’m a bit sad to leave school behind, but I’m ready for the challenges ahead.”
“I’ve already started to look for work during the holidays, and submitted a few applications to keep me busy… I will be in Cape Town for the big day, waiting at school with everybody else when the results are released.”
18, of Groote Schuur High School in Claremont, said his matric year was a lot of fun – except for the studying.
“Everything about this year was great – the matric ball, break-time at school and just spending time with classmates.”
“I’m glad to see the back of the matric exams. I thought they went okay… every paper I wrote, I felt confident.”
“I am applying to further my studies at the College of Cape Town, where I hope to qualify as a draughtsman.
“I have always enjoyed drawings. I did arts at school and would like to get the necessary skills to draw plans of buildings or machines – to make a living.
“But I am also contemplating a possible future in architecture.”
“I’m looking for a holiday job for the time being. But if that fails I’ll be relaxing and spending time with my family until the results are released.”
18, of Herschel Girls School in Claremont, said she enjoyed her entire high school life.
“My matric dance was undoubtedly the best memory for the year.
“As a grade we were all just so close on that night. Even though it was held early in the year, it left a great feeling of unity and closeness among the group of about 100 matrics.”
“Finishing matric brings with it a sense of achievement, especially after writing your final paper. I have been an A student so far, and I am fairly confident that I will get good marks at the end of year.”
“I applied to Stellenbosch, Rhodes and UCT, but decided to stay closer to home.
“I’ve decided to study business science at UCT next year. I have always wanted to further my business studies or even accountancy.”
“I’m jetting off to London next week for a holiday with my mom, and will be spending Christmas and New Year with my family in Port Elizabeth. But I will definitely be back in the Mother City when the results are announced.” 18, of Belgravia High School in Athlone, said her matric year was the best year of her life.
“What made the final school year so memorable is the study group I was part of. One of our teachers arranged for us to study together and it just worked out great.”
“I wasn’t very nervous but I must admit that accountancy, physics and maths were slightly difficult papers. I was very nervous about writing those three subjects, but despite this I am confident that I nailed the exams.”
“I’ve always wanted to be an accountant; since I can remember I’ve loved accountancy. I applied to Stellenbosch University, UWC and UCT. So far I have been accepted at Stellenbosch and UCT. I’m still deciding, but for now it’s just about waiting for my results.”
“I’m already looking for a holiday job to keep me busy and celebrate my freedom from high school. But I know I will miss those days.”
19, of Masibambisane High School in Delft, said his matric year was filled with ups and downs.
“My best memory is standing up for the rights of students suffering at the hands of a principal who used bullying tactics against pupils. We fought for our rights without the support of our teachers, and risked a lot. But it was all worth it to expose the injustices happening at our school.”
“It was a hectic year, but I believe due to the hard work I’ve put in, I am confident that I will make it. The exams were not too difficult but I can’t say it was easy either. I’ve studied hard, even though I had an axe hanging over my head when the principal refused to give me my examination timetable containing my unique exam number. And when I finally got it, the wrong subjects were listed.”
“I want to be a lawyer and I’m well on my way to achieving this dream. I’ve applied to the University of the Western Cape and my application was successful. I did it all on my own, despite my circumstances. I’ve seen and lived the plight of the poor, and I will use the law to fight for the rights of the masses.”
“I’m leaving for the Eastern Cape in the next week to spend time with my family. I will be there when the matric results are announced.”
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