Girl Power

2009-12-30 00:00

GIRLS swept the board of the national Independent Examination Board (IEB) finals, being a clear majority on South Africa’s Outstanding Achievers list.

Thirty-five girls are named among the 50 candidates on the Outstanding Achievers list, which was released to schools yesterday.

The IEB identifies top learners by examining how they have performed across a range of subjects in comparison with their peers.

Outstanding learners are those who have been ranked within the top five percent of lear­ners in six or more subjects and have achieved 80% or more in life orientation.

In KwaZulu-Natal, girls from Epworth Independent Girls’ High, St John’s Diocesan School for Girls and Wykeham Collegiate scored multiple distinctions in the 2009 examinations.

According to the IEB, 97,42% of the 8 056 pupils who wrote the exams passed; an improvement of the 2008 pass rate of 97,03%.

CEO Anne Oberholzer said a combined effort by pupils and teachers, with the support of parents and school managers, have produced a set of results that pupils can be proud of.

“2009 has been the second year of implementation of the new National Senior Certificate.

“Within IEB schools, the transition … to the new National Senior Certificate in 2008 was seamless, with learners maintaining their exceptionally high standards of performance,” she said.

St John’s Diocesan School for Girls principal Linda Stoffberg said she was not surprised by her school’s excellent results because the girls had worked diligently throughout the year.

She said it was a huge accomplishment to have three pupils on the Outstanding Achievers list, especially since only 44 pupils wrote the exam.

“We are all very proud of them and we are delighted with their results. All our girls have done extremely well,” she said.

Epworth Independent Girls’ High principal Liz Klug said she is pleased with her pupils’ results and excited that deputy head girl Roxanne Govender, who obtained nine A’s, has been placed on the Outstanding Achievers list.

The principal of St Anne’s, David Wilkinson, said he is pleased with the girls’ results and added

that they could be proud of the many distinctions they had achieved.

Judith Brown, headmistress at Wykeham Collegiate, said: “I’m very proud of all my girls who have worked extremely hard for these exams. We have a 100% pass rate.”

Brown added that 58 pupils obtained distinctions.

The deputy rector of academics at Michaelhouse, Paul Fleishack, said he was thrilled with his pupils’ outstanding results.

He said he was particularly excited that one of the pupils, Joshua Magor, was on the IEB’s Outstanding Achievers list. “They have all done really well. Their hard work has paid off,” he said.

The acting headmaster of Hilton College, Gavin Thomson, said that while he is happy with his pupils’ results, there is still room for improvement.

“We have a good pass rate, but we will definitely improve on it next year. Congratulations to all our matriculants,” he said.

Kearsney College pupils obtained 188 distinctions, with two boys, Juan-Rico Conradie and Marcus Kotze, each receiving eight distinctions.

Headmaster Elwyn van den Aardweg said the academic measures put in place this year had paid off.

“These results are the fruit of a combined and sustained effort by boys, parents and staff,” he added.

He said Kearsney’s mathematics and science results were “superb”, and a 56% distinction rate was achieved by boys who wrote accounting, 48% in engineering graphics and design, and 70% in information technology.

At Hermannsburg School, Ralf Kuesel received seven A’s for his seven subjects and obtained a spot on the top one percent of the IEB’s mathematics candidates, with a score of 99%.

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