Top honours for underdog school

2010-01-14 00:00

HEATHER Secondary is not the most well-resourced school in Pietermaritzburg, but pupil Sheldon Moodley is the district’s second best matric, and third in the whole province, as well as the only boy in the district’s top five.

Sheldon Moodley, the school dux and head boy last year, even surprised himself with his exceptional achievement.

“I’m ecstatic. I’m really very exci­ted. But I think I did as well as I have always done in the past through consistent hard work.”

His parents, Andrew and Premie Moodley, both teachers, said they are “over the moon” with their son’s performance.

“He is the baby of the family, his ol­der brother and sisters are both qualified engineers. We are very proud of him. We expected him to do well but this was a pleasant surprise. He has always worked hard and achieved from primary [school] and he was never the kind of child you had to remind about his school work,” said his mother.

Moodley’s eight As landed him at the University of Cape Town, where he will be pursuing a degree in Actuarial Science, and his father said he hopes he will remain focused and continue to help others.

Heather Secondary principal Lovey Moodley said the resources they have to work with, in comparison to other schools they compete with, means they are underdogs.

“There is definitely no comparison. We charge R1 200 a year in school fees. But Sheldon has done us proud. He is a humble, unassuming and bright lad. He always went out of his way to assist other learners. That’s why I believe he was selected for a Good Fellowship Award for his character and personality. He got on with both staff and learners.”

Other top schools in the district were Raisethorpe Secondary, with two pupils in the top five. Trisha Naicker (17) and Jessica Sebastian (18) came third and fourth respectively.

Sebastian produced seven As and will be studying at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine.

She said the hardest thing about matric was everyone’s expectations when “you have your own dreams”.

“I think matric exams are a stepping stone to the future and I’m happy with the future I have created for myself. I would say I used the opportunity well.”

While she found physics challenging, she concentrated on strengthening her weaknesses.

Naicker, who earned seven distinctions, will study a B.Comm. degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

At number five was Naasiha Docrat, from the Maritzburg Muslim School, with six As. She hopes to be a teacher, since she said her Biology teacher helped her realise the influence teachers can have in shaping their pupils’ futures.

1. Heather Prince

Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High

 

2. Sheldon MoodleyHeather Secondary

 

3. Trisha Naicker Raisethorpe Secondary

 

4. Jessica Sebastian

Raisethorpe Secondary

 

5. Naasiha DocratMaritzburg Muslim School

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