85% BACHELOR’S PASSES AT SP AND CLIMBING
South Peninsula High School, in Diep River, achieved a 99% pass rate in the 2018 NSC Examinations. A record of 169 students (85%) achieved Bachelors’ passes. Mr Zeid Baker, new principal of the school, believes that the quality of passes was better than last year and attributes this year’s success to the hard work of students and teachers, and the support of parents. He also believes that the broad curriculum offered at the school at an FET level allowed students to excel in subjects that they enjoy doing. Targets were set for the matric class of 2018 at the beginning of the year, which were regularly monitored and revisited. 75% of the matric class was registered for Pure Mathematics. The aim of the school is to achieve a 100% Bachelors Pass in the 2019 November examinations and a 100% Pure Mathematics pass. Mr Baker believes that this is attainable. Dr Emile Prince, an ex-student of the school and Deputy Dean in the Dentistry Faculty at UWC addressed SP’s students on Friday.
Seventeen students of the 2018 matric class achieved A-passes, 25 achieved B-passes and 70 achieved C-passes. The top student was Jamie Stemmet, who achieved an aggregate of 89% with seven distinctions, including A’s in Pure Maths, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering Graphics and Design. Jamie, who was accepted for engineering at UCT and Stellenbosch, will be studying at Stellenbosch in 2019. Jamie attributes her academic success to consistent hard work but also believes in leading a balanced life. Her advice to the class of 2019 is to remain focused on their goals. Logan Oppelt, who achieved seven distinctions, will be studying medicine at UCT. Both students were honoured at Leeuwenhof as top 50 students in the Western Cape. Both girls were also honoured at the Metro South District awards as top 20 achievers. The school obtained over 200 subject distinctions in the 2018 examinations. More than 50% of all candidates obtained subject distinctions. The average aggregate per learner was 62 %. Four students obtained 7 distinctions, four obtained 6 distinctions, five obtained 5 distinctions and one student, Ewan Mostert, obtained eight distinctions. The school also achieved a 100% pass rate in the IEB Advanced Programme Mathematics exam and 129 Pure Maths passes. With the exception of a few students who have decided to seek work experience before studying, the majority of the 2018 class (80%) have enrolled for tertiary studies at UCT, Stellenbosch University, UWC, and CPUT. More than 15 students from the 2018 matric class obtained merit bursaries from Stellenbosch University.
Mr Baker commended the role played by SP’s feeder primary schools such as Fairview Primary, Heathfield Primary, Muhamedeyah, Sid G Rule, John Graham and many others in preparing the students for high school. The role of the primary school teachers, especially in poor communities, is crucial in ensuring that the foundations for a solid education are in place. We are fortunate to have these schools serving our community.
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