A record 38 subject distinctions were achieved by the Class of 2017 with four learners achieving A aggregates and many more B aggregates.
The top learner was 17-year-old Avile Msongelo who got 83% for Xhosa, 82 % for English 1st Additional Language, 83% for Maths, 84% for Computer Applications Technology, 81% for Life Sciences, 83% for Physical Science and 89% for Life Orientation.
Avile is planning on studying Actuarial Science this year and has been accepted by three universities but is hoping to still get a positive response from UCT.
For her best friend, Anesipho Gontshi, who turned 18 today, achieving 6 As and a B and an aggegate of 85% was the best birthday present ever!
Anesipho is planning on studying Chemical Engineering at UCT this year.
Also achieving an A aggregate was Mahle Ntloko who got 4 As and just missed a fifth by one percent.
With tears of joy running down her face, she said she had been having nightmares about the results.
“I am just so relieved. It has been very hard but really worth it,” says Mahle who is going onto study Pharmacy this year.
Two other learners achieved three As apiece – Andisiwe Sikafungana and Asiphe Matini.
Principal Khuleswa Nopote said the Grade 12A class of 2017 had been the best class ever and the top five learners were all girls!
“They worked extremely hard often staying at school until 9pm or so studying and urging each other on. Such determination and hard work will get them far in life. We are very proud of them!”
For Samkelisiwe Kumla, who had a baby in June last year, passing with a Bachelors was an exceptionally hard earned achievement.
“I would not have been able to do it without the support of my mother, my teachers and friends. They have all stood by me and encouraged me not to give up. I am just so happy.’’
Samekelisiwe is planning to study Nursing at UWC this year.
Also celebrating a good matric result was Western Province Under 19 Prop and Eighth Man, Lusapho Nogantsho.
This is the seventh consecutive year that the school has achieved a pass rate of more than 85% and it is a far cry from the abysmal 27% pass rate when Rabie first adopted the school as the major beneficiary of its Corporate Social Investment Programme more than 10 years ago.