Matric pupils reflect, celebrate

2015-10-27 06:00
The top academic achievers in each subject, including IsiXhosa, Commerce, languages and sciences, of the matric class of Portland High School.    PHOTOS:  Samantha lee

The top academic achievers in each subject, including IsiXhosa, Commerce, languages and sciences, of the matric class of Portland High School. PHOTOS: Samantha lee

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The staff and teachers of Portland High School have bid farewell to the class of 2015 ahead of the matrics’ final exams.

On Tuesday last week, the school honoured its top achievers in arts and culture, leadership, sport and academics for the past year.

The event saw hundreds of pupils, clad in black gowns, reflect on and celebrate the end of their school careers.

In a bid to see every pupil succeed, each pupil was handed a survival kit, which included his exam timetable and number.

School principal Isaac Geswind encouraged the pupils to make the most of the last few days before the final exams.

“A valedictory is always a special occasion. It is a time to look back on the year – the hard times, the goals and what we have achieved.

“The mere fact that you have made it here tonight, shows you are successful,” said Geswind.

“[In Grade 8] you all came with the goal of being successful.

“You all will take different paths and there will be challenges ahead. I want you to meet those challenges straight on, with your head held high and your heart open wide. Strive to excel and strive for excellence.”

Six classes, made up of 188 pupils in total, are candidates for the upcoming matric assessment.

Gino Thaysen, one of the class valedictorians, said he felt this class had what it took to be the first class to achieve a 100% pass rate.

But only time would tell.

He thanked the teachers and parents for their roles in getting the pupils to this moment.

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