Top achiev­ers cel­e­brate

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THE NORTH­ERN Cape Class of 2016’s top achiev­ers from across the five school dis­tricts cel­e­brated their re­sults yesterday at the Taberna Dei (Taber­na­cle) in Kim­ber­ley along with their re­spec­tive prin­ci­pals and fam­ily mem­bers.

The Frances Baard mu­nic­i­pal district ex­celled this year with a matric pass rate of 78 per­cent, an im­prove­ment from last year’s pass rate of 68 per­cent. The top three per­form­ing schools in the district were Dia­mantveld High School (DHS) fol­lowed by Kim­ber­ley Girls’ High School (GHS) and Adaman­tia High School. DHS and GHS were also among the top schools in the Prov­ince.

GHS was the top per­form­ing school in both Math­e­mat­ics and Phys­i­cal Sci­ences, which was based on the over­all in­crease in the pass rate and the in­crease in the num­ber of learn­ers who par­tic­i­pated in and com­pleted the re­spec­tive sub­jects.

Ri­et­vale High School achieved the award for the most im­proved school in the Prov­ince, go­ing from a 35 per­cent pass rate in 2015 to 94 per­cent in 2016.

Sixty-four of the school’s 68 matric learn­ers suc­cess­fully com­pleted their school­ing last year, re­sult­ing in smiles from head­mas­ter Leon Schoe­man, who said that the year of hard work had cer­tainly paid div­i­dends.

“It feels ab­so­lutely great to be the North­ern Cape’s most im­proved school and it took plenty of hard work and com­mit­ment from all in­volved, for us to have claimed this achieve­ment,” Schoe­man said at the achiever awards.

“What re­ally made all the dif­fer­ence was a class of Grade 12s who truly wanted to work and who took ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented to them.

“From day one, our 68 can­di­dates made it clear that they wanted to give of their best. Be­cause of this at­ti­tude we were con­fi­dent that there would be an im­prove­ment on the 2015 re­sults. We were expecting a pass rate some­where in the 70s so when we learned that more than 90 per­cent had com­pleted their school­ing, we were ab­so­lutely over the moon.”

Mike Matthews, the head­mas­ter of GHS, was de­lighted with the per­for­mance of his 123 learn­ers in his first year as prin­ci­pal of the school.

“As the prin­ci­pal of GHS, I am ex­tremely proud of the learn­ers and this is a good re­flec­tion on the school and the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion.

“The most im­por­tant as­pect is that the school has a very good struc­ture in place. The par­ents are in­volved in their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion, as well as the School Gov­ern­ing Body (SGB).

“The ad­min­is­tra­tive and aca­demic staff worked hard this year to en­sure a suc­cess­ful aca­demic year.”

Matthews hopes to keep up the ex­cel­lent re­sults in the years to come.

“We have achieved a 100 per­cent pass rate for the past seven years and it is all thanks to the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of both the learn­ers and the staff.”

Emeleo Duis­ter from North­ern Cape High School (NCH) was left speech­less when the re­sults were read out and he re­alised that he was the top achiever in the Prov­ince.

“It was amazing hear­ing my name be­ing called out as top achiever,” he said. “It has al­ways been my dream to make it into the top 20 in the Prov­ince, since Grade 10. I be­gan nar­row­ing my goal down to the top 10 and even­tu­ally top five as I pro­gressed in my school ca­reer but I did not ex­pect to be num­ber one.”

ABOVE: MEC for Fi­nance Mac Jack (left) to­gether with Premier Sylvia Lu­cas (right) con­grat­u­late the Prov­ince’s top achiever Emeleo Den­nis Duis­ter from North­ern Cape High. LEFT: MEC for the depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, Martha Bartlett to­gether with MEC Mac...

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