Corks pop as Amanzimtoti matrics celebrate results

The top matric pupil for 2017 is Kingsway’s Zeenat Wahid with a 92.286% aggregate and seven distinctions from seven subjects.

Amanzimtoti’s top matric pupil for 2017 is Kingsway’s Zeenat Wahid.

Zeenat scored a creditable 92.286% aggregate and seven distinctions from the seven subjects she wrote in finals. “I’m incredibly happy with my results, as I was hoping for all As. Physics and maths were a challenge but I’m satisfied with the results.” Zeenat will study medicine at the University of Cape Town, where she has already been accepted.

Pearson Pillay was next best at Kingsway with a 91.75% aggregate and eight distictions from nine subjects he wrote. He achieved 65% for advanced maths and As for English, Afrikaans, maths, life orientation, accounting, history, life sciences and physics. “I’m not disappointed with ad maths. I was hoping for eight As. I was a bit worried about some of the papers – English was a surprise.” Pearson plans to study medicine at the University of Cape Town and is awaiting word in the next few days to hear if he has been accepted.

Hamza Ghuman, who was the school’s Dux, scored a 91.714% aggregate and seven distinctions out of seven subjects he wrote. “One or two of my marks were a surprise, such as physics and Afrikaans,” he said. Hamza will study medicine this year and has received a number of offers from universities but hasn’t yet decided which one he will attend.

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At Kingsway 206 matrics wrote the final paper, with two incompletes and seven failures for a 96.6% pass rate with 268 As – a bachelor pass of 73.09%, diploma pass of 23.35% and a higher certificate pass of 3.55%.

Special mention must be made of Mitchell Whiting who scored 99% for advanced maths and 83% for AP maths, which he wrote through the IEB. He also scored six distinctions and was third in trials at Kingsway.

“The management of the school is extremely proud of our top achievers but also congratulates every other pupil who participated in the NSC exams on their individual achievements,” said principal, Sandra du Toit.

“At Kingsway every pupil runs their own race with their own goal in mind, so it is not just about the top achievers but also about the hard work and commitment that every pupil puts into their exams and that pays off to achieve success. The fundamental qualities of the success of the academic programme at Kingsway is strong and anchored by our well qualified and hardworking teachers who strive for success, therefore, we also congratulate them.”

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At Kuswag the matrics celebrated a 97.76% pass rate. Of the 86 matrics who wrote, only two failed. “We are really happy with our results and very proud of our 2017 matrics, who performed well,” said acting principal, Chris Lindeque.

The top pupil was Marizel Hendriks with an 87% aggregate, seven distinctions and one B. She scored As for Afrikaans, English, maths, life orientation, life science, physical science and accounting, and a B for business studies. “I wasn’t too upset about business studies as it was my eighth subject,” she said. “I’m really proud of my results, as I wasn’t expecting seven As.” Marizel will study homeopathy this year at Durban University of Technology. “I wanted to study medicine but I didn’t get in. I heard about homeopathy, read up about it and it fascinated me. I went for an interview and I was accepted.”

Second pupil was Mine Coetzee with an aggregate of 83.6%, six distinctions and one B. She scored As for maths, pysics, accounting, English, business studies and life orientation, and a B for Afrikaans. “I was only expecting an A for maths, so I’m shocked out of my shoes. I’m extrememly happy with my six As,” she said. Mine has recently moved to Johannesburg and will take a gap year before she decides what she wants to study.

Third at Kuswag was Wilmie Erasmus with an 80.6% aggregate, four distinctions, two Bs and a C. She received As for accounting, biology, English and life orientation, Bs for Afrikaans and phyics and a C for maths. “I’m happy with my results, as I didn’t expect As for biology and accounting. I expected As for English and Afrikaans. I got 79% for Afrikaans, so I will request a re-mark. Also for maths, for which I received 69%, because a higher mark in maths will get me a discount for university.” Wilmie will study law at Potch this year.


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