Class of 2016’s success excites Free State

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MEC of Education, Tate Makgoe.

The Free State’s top achieving matric learner for 2016 is from Sentraal High School in Bloemfontein. The 18-year-old Johan Champion achieved eight distinctions in Physical Science, Life Orientation, English First Additional Language, German Second Additional Language, Accounting, Life Sciences, Maths and Afrikaans Home Language.
The MEC of Education, Tate Makgoe, named Champion the province’s top performer during a media conference in the city earlier. Sentraal’s headmaster, Johan Vorster, said Champion is a true champ who worked hard. He said Champion consistently achieved an average of 95%. It was expected that he would be among the top achievers in the province.
Champion was also earlier named the dux pupil at Sentraal High School. His final results were: Physical Science (99%), Life Orientation (98%), English First Additional Language (97%), German Second Additional Language (96%), Accounting (95%), Life Sciences (94%), Maths (93%) and Afrikaans Home Language (92%). “The school is grateful for his (Champion’s) achievement and is also proud of him,” Vorster said.
Eunice Girls’ High School in Bloemfontein achieved the highest performance rate for Accounting and Maths.
Oranje Girls’ School walked away with the top honours for Physical Science.
St Michael’s School for Girls (SMS) also had every reason to celebrate after having achieved a record 100% pass rate for the 37th consecutive year.
While there was much excitement in the Free State about achieving the number one spot in the nationwide results, SMS is very jubilant with the 96 distinctions from its 55 matric learners. Head of the Department of Arts, Dr Johan Cromhout, says key areas of distinctions were in Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and within his own department, Arts.
One of the school’s top learners last year, Ntoetse Molapo, who received six distinctions in eight subjects, got an average of 84.38% in her subjects.
St Andrew’s entered 61 candidates for this examination. All 61 candidates have passed with 107 distinctions. This is the 25th consecutive year that the school has achieved a 100% pass rate. In addition 53 (87%) of the candidates achieved a Bachelor’s Pass. The best candidate was the school’s dux scholar, Christoffel de Lange. Christoffel achieved six A symbols and an aggregate mark of 88%. Twelve candidates achieved results which included three or more A symbols and six candidates obtained A aggregates. Eighteen candidates obtained a B aggregate and twenty six candidates obtained a C aggregate; in all 50 (82% of the) candidates obtained a C aggregate or higher. In the majority of subjects the averages were in excess of 60%.
According to the national department’s report, St Andrew’s is the only boys’ school in the Free State to have achieved a 100% pass rate for five consecutive years and one of only three boys’ schools in the country to have maintained this standard. The other two are Bishops and Rondebosch in Cape Town.
The Headmaster of Fichardt Park High School in Bloemfontein says the Department of Education in the Free State’s support and dedication have played an instrumental role in the province achieving the highest matric pass rate in the country. The school’s Michael Barker applauded the department. He said the department did its best to support schools in the province. “The department is persistent that you must commit to the task of education.”
Fichardtpark High School has achieved a 100% pass rate in 2016 for the sixth consecutive year. One of its learners, Welmari Volschenk, also passed her matric year with nine distinctions.
Another school that will be aiming high after its matric class of 2016’s success is Heatherdale Secondary School which made history this year with a 99% pass rate. The school looks forward to a 100% pass rate for its class of 2017. – News Team
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