Delight at brainy class of 2016’s results

Amanzimtoti High School's Nzama triplets Asande (centre), Amanda (second from right) and Anele (second from left) with Thando Kuhle and Thandolwethu Mzulwini jump for joy after receiving their matric results on Thursday morning, 5 January.

Amanzimtoti’s top matriculant for 2016 is Kingsway High School’s Kivaan Naidu with seven distinctions out of seven subjects and an aggregate of 94%.

Kivaan obtained over 90% for six of his subjects and 89% for physics.

He achieved 93% for English, 95% for Afrikaans, 93% for maths, 95% for life orientation, 98% for accounting and 95% for business studies.

“I was hoping for all As, so I’m very happy with my results,” he said. “With physics I’m usually in the 90s, so I’m hoping for a re-mark. I’m still happy with 89% as it was a hard paper.”

Kivaan will study actuarial science at the University of Cape Town with a full scholarship from Allan Gray.

In the trial exams he attained seven As.

Second at Kingsway was Kivaan’s long-time rival, Vashurin Pillay with eight distinctions in his eight subjects and an aggregate of 92.28% for seven subjects, and 91% for his additional IEB subject of advanced programme maths, which is on par with a first year university level.

“I’m happy with my eight As, but I’m not happy with my marks for life science and physical science,” said Vashurin, who will join Kivaan in actuarial science studies at UCT.

Hlengiwe Mngadi was third with six distinctions and an 87.85% aggregate

Gemma Borchard was fourth at Kingsway with seven distinctions from seven subjects and an 87% aggregate.

“I was expecting all As, so I’m happy with my marks,” said Gemma, who will study veterinary science at the university of Pretoria.

In trials she obtained six As, missing out on a full house with a B in life orientation.

Kingsway enjoyed a 75% bachelor pass, 21.3% diploma pass and 3.7% higher certificate pass. It obtained a 98% pass rate from 166 pupils who wrote, with two failures.

“Overall we are very happy with our results,” said acting principal, Veronika Brits. “We received four full houses of seven As and two pupils with eight, which is great.”

At Kuswag the top pupil was head boy Lance Potgieter with eight distinctions from 10 subjects, an improvement on the seven he received at trials.

His aggregate was 86% out of the 10 subjects he wrote, and 92% from his best seven.

Lance will study forensic accounting this year.

Second was Surani Aveling who obtained four distinctions from seven subjects and an aggregate of 82%.

“I’m very happy with my four As and a little shocked, as it was more than I expected. My trials were not that great, so I put a lot more work in, with motivation from my mother, who printed out past exam papers for me to work on.”

She will study foundation phase education at Embury College in Durban.

Third was Shante Visser with four distinctions from eight subjects and an 80% aggregate, and 81% from her best seven subjects.

Kuswag enjoyed a 100% pass rate from its 75 pupils, who boasted a total of 65 distinctions.

“We are very proud of all our children and the hard work and dedication they put in,” said acting principal, Chris Lindeque. “Thank you to our grade 12 teachers and all the extra classes and hard work they put in to help our pupils achieve so well. You can see the fruits of their effort in our results. It is awesome to achieve a 100% pass rate.”

While an excited mood prevailed at Amanzimtoti High, the spirits of some matriculants were somewhat dampened by the non-release of several individual results. The school has opted not to comment or provide clarification about its top pupils, their marks and the school’s overall pass rate until the department of education releases its outstanding results. This information will be made publicised as soon as it becomes available.

However, several of Toti High’s matrics who were scrutinising their scorecards at school on Thursday morning were pleased with the outcome of their endeavours and are looking forward to the next chapter of their lives.

While Aaron Brandt’s results were not as good as he’d anticipated, he was still pleased. He plans to do a few courses and then charter yachts and travel for a while, before perhaps learning a trade.

Yashnik Nundlal was happy but thought he could have done better. He plans to study civil engineering at UKZN or DUT this year.

Lee Rosenberg, who was chuffed with his three Bs, said he’s keen to seek a remark on two of his subjects. He will study IT this year.

For Toti High’s Nzama triplets – Asanda, Amanda and Anele – the release of their results is joyous as they won’t have to share a class again. All three attained a bachelor’s pass, and Asanda attained a distinction in Zulu while Anele achieved two distinctions in history and Zulu. The intrepid former Orissa Primary pupils will now venture off in separate directions. Asanda intends studying dental therapy at UKZN, while Amanda focuses on a mechanical engineering path through either DUT or UKZN. The Nzama’s friend, Thando Kuhle also achieved a bachelor’s pass and a distinction in Zulu. She plans to study physiotherapy at UCT.

For the bosom buddies’ other friend, Thandolwethu Mzulwini the wait continues as her distinction in Zulu was a welcome result but the outcome of her art mark is still outstanding.

Earl Baillache

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