Being organised key to matric success

2015-12-30 08:00
Ro-ee Tal (Supplied)

Ro-ee Tal (Supplied)

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Johannesburg - Playing rugby and soccer for the first teams while being on the student representative council can be demanding, but one matric pupil has done all that and achieved 10 distinctions too.

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Over and above this, Ro-ee Tal was head of the services committee and in charge of the sound and lighting at his school, King David Linksfield, during events.

Tal said the key to his success was being organised and managing his time.

"I worked out what amount of work I had to put in where and when because I set a benchmark for myself of what I wanted to achieve,” he said.

“I tried to focus as much as I could in class so that I could have more time for other activities. If you listen well at school, you can do well and ensure you have enough time to do other things during the day.”

Matric a great year

While juggling school work and juggling extra mural activities, Tal got 10 distinctions - in Afrikaans, English, Hebrew, history, information technology, life orientation, mathematics, physical sciences, advanced programme mathematics and advanced programme English.

"Matric was by far my greatest year of high school. With a greater sense of maturity and independence, learning was no longer an arduous task, but a goal; class was no longer characterised by teachers speaking to their students, but by the entire class taking part in good-natured banter while still getting work done; sporting and cultural activities were no longer things you did to fit in, make friends or integrate, but were things you did for pleasure. I accomplished more, and had more fun in matric than I did in any other year during high school," Tal said. 

During the preliminary exams, his lowest mark was 80% for Afrikaans. He averaged 92%. He had hoped to maintain the average in his final results.

Dealing with stress

Music, his friends, walking the dog, and watching movies helped him deal with stress. He praised his family for being supportive.

“My siblings and my parents knew what goals I wanted to achieve, so whether it was leaving me in peace or helping me out, they were very supportive." 

Tal planned to take a gap year and study in the United States.

Headmistress Lorraine Srage said she was proud of what Tal had achieved and praised the school's other pupils. The school achieved a 100% pass rate and 70% of pupils obtained one or more distinctions.

She said what set the school apart was that there was no entrance exam.

"We have children coming in with learning difficulties, but they too achieve university entrance. We are really proud of all the students from those who will get publicity to those who now have access to whatever their dreams are,”  she said.

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