Private school matrics surprised by fair physics paper

2016-11-23 06:00
PHOTO: nompilo kunene St Nicholas Diocesan School matric pupils (from left) Kristina Dlamini, Bongeka Mngwengwe and Siphelele Manzini after writing their physics exam.

PHOTO: nompilo kunene St Nicholas Diocesan School matric pupils (from left) Kristina Dlamini, Bongeka Mngwengwe and Siphelele Manzini after writing their physics exam.

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WHILE the majority of matric pupils across the country sat down to write their languages paper one exam, private schools were writing their physical science (physics) paper one.

Private school exam papers are set by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB), the South African independent assessment agency that offers examinations for various private schools and institutions.

Matric pupils from St Nicholas Diocesan School Kristina Dlamini (17), Bongeka Mngwengwe (17) and Siphelele­ Manzini (18) said that physics is normally one of the difficult subjects they dread writing, but they were surprised that this particular paper was better than the trials paper.

“If you did not know the answers, it is because you did not study, not because the paper was difficult.

“Studying hard for the trials exams really paid off as now we are just revising and polishing here and there before we write,” said Kristina.

Bongeka said she watches videos and uses past papers to study for her exams, and said that exercising is also very important.

Manzini agreed with Bongeka about exercising and added that playing also helps one relieve stress after a hectic study session.

“I study for six to seven hours every day and take an hour break after every two hours of studying. Studying should not be a pain. That is why I always try to have fun and play during my study breaks,” said Manzini.

The pupils said it was heartbreaking to realise this was their last year in high school.

“St Nicholas is home. I get to school at 6.30am and leave after 4.30pm. I will miss this place and all the funny, playful and helpful staff of this school,” said Bongeka.

“High school has been the best part of my life. I have grown and learnt a lot while here and I will miss everyone, especially my friends,” said Manzini.

Next year, Kristina plans to study law in Pretoria, Bongeka said she will study geology in the Eastern Cape and Manzini will be studying mechanical engineering in Durban.

All three pupils have received conditional acceptances from universities.

Head prefect Kristina said one of her most treasured moments in high school was receiving the Joel Mofokeng Memorial Trophy for leadership, which is awarded to someone who goes beyond the call of duty and displays superior leadership skills.

Bongeka said she was also ecstatic after receiving her academic full colours which “she worked really hard for”.

The three pupils thanked their families, teachers and the staff at their school for playing huge roles in teaching and guiding them, and also wished all the matric pupils well for their exams.

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