Class of gold: 14 Kearsney boys rank tops in SA

2011-01-05 00:00

PURE gold — that’s what Kearsney College in Hillcrest believes it has produced with its matric class of 2010.

The school is basking in glory after 14 of its boys were ranked in the top one percent of all pupils who wrote the 2010 Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matric examinations in individual subjects.

Of the 14, four boys clinched a spot in the top one percent in the maths papers, which includes maths paper 3 and advanced programme mathematics, as well as science.

One of those boys is Rainer Steinhagen who was in the top one percent in South Africa for accounting, maths and science. He also received distinctions in Afrikaans, English, history, maths paper 3 and life orientation.

He featured on the IEB’s list of the top 65 pupils in South Africa to score in the top five percent in six subjects.

Speaking to The Witness, Rainer (18) said he was relieved but surprised by his results — it was all still sinking in.

Academic achievement is nothing new for the Albert Falls boy.

He was awarded academic honours cum laude and subject prizes for English poetry, Afrikaans and accounting at the school, as well as the headmaster’s prize for dedication and commitment.

He was the first team captain for tennis, for which he received honours. He also received full colours for public speaking and was a member of the “12 Club” — the top 12 academics in grade 12 at his school.

Rainer believes the strong relationship between the boys and teachers is one reason that the school fared so well in the exams.

“I think because of the respect we give, teachers in turn want to give back and don’t mind putting in the extra effort,” he told the The Witness.

The school’s other top achiever is Josh Perry, who made the top one percent in five subjects, including maths, in which he scored 99%. Josh, who boasts nine As from this exam, was the school’s dux last year.

Dux runner-up Philip Steenkamp featured among the top 44 pupils nationally who achieved in the top five percent in five subjects. His eight As also earned him a spot in the top one percent for accounting, Afrikaans and science.

Headmaster Elwyn van den Aarweg said Kearsney is delighted with the excellent results, particularly in the number of subjects in which the boys scored within the top one percent in the country.

He described Rainer as a “quintessential Renaissance man” who is talented in many spheres while modest and balanced in his outlook.

Treverton College also had an opportunity to shine when pupil Miguel Rodo made the IEB’s outstanding achievers list for his eight As. He also secured a place among the top one percent in four subjects.

Speaking to The Witness, an ecstatic Miguel jokingly said he hoped his accomplishment would earn him his first car from his grandfather.

“It is quite exciting. You never think about what will happen. You hope that your name will at least register somewhere, but I could never have thought I would make the top 65 list.”

Rainer and Miguel will study business science and actuarial science respectively at the University of Cape Town.

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