Class of 2010 advises: make every moment count, you can never get it back

2011-01-04 00:00

CONSISTENCY throughout the year and not cramming at the last minute were the common strategy followed by the matrics who achieved top results in the National Senior Certificates released by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) yesterday.

Their advice to the matrics of 2011 is to “make every moment count as you can never get it back”.

The Witness was speaking to local pupils who made the “commendable” list by achieving the top five percent ranking in five subjects. They are among 44 such achievers in the country.

Downplaying the hype created around matric and the stress that comes with it, Rubin Cloete (18) of Hilton College said the best thing about his matric year was the relative ease he found 2010 to be.

In fact he was so relaxed about matric that he was more worried about his driver’s licence than his final results.

“I did not go overboard with the studying. I listened at class and worked consistently throughout the year as I have always done. I did not try to cram everything in at the end,” he told The Witness.

Rubin, who swims at provincial level, said that in his matric year he paid most attention to this swimming. He believes the sport is what has taught him discipline and how to better manage his time, which came in handy when preparing for his exams.

The Howick boy received eight As and will know his results in advanced mathematics today.

He will study engineering at Stellenbosch and is looking forward to meeting new people with different points of view.

While Amy Burt (18) of Epworth worked hard, she didn’t expect to get seven As.

“I’m so excited. I didn’t expect this at all,” she told The Witness while travelling to her holiday destination.

Her achievements came in spite of the fact that she had her hands full as head girl, as well as competing for the school’s first hockey and swimming teams and doing ballet. “I was able to achieve all that because of hard, hard work and the support of my parents and teachers. Yes, there is a lot of responsibility, but in the end you will be rewarded if you put in the time. There is actually so much to look forward to.”

Amy also came first in the National Consumer Studies Olympiad last year.

She will remain in Pietermaritzburg to study dietetics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She also plans to get her driver’s licence since her schedule last year did not allow for this.

James Groom (18) of Hilton College leaves matric with no regrets. His memorable moments were those spent playing rugby and house sports. The pupil from Mtubatuba believes he was able to achieve six As because he made time for what he enjoyed.

Other local pupils on the list were Kearsney College’s Philippus Steenkamp,Georgina Niven of St Anne’s College, who is on holiday overseas, and Michaelhouse’s Jonathan Purnell, who is on holiday in Zambia.

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