GHS best friends score eight distinction each for matric '09

2010-01-07 00:00

HARD work and dedication have paid off for three best friends from Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High, who scored multiple distinctions in the 2009 matric examinations.

Heather Prince, Nondumiso Mbanjwa and Jigisha Mandalia told The Witness that the support of each other and their teachers helped them sail through the examinations and achieve their distinction passes.

It was a double celebration for Jigisha, who also celebrated her 18th birthday yesterday.

Jigisha, who scored eight distinctions, said that while she found her matric year both stressful and fun at times, early preparations and constant revision helped her get through the examinations.

“Juggling nine subjects was hectic, but with proper time management, I managed to pull it off. I found that the trial exams went better than the finals,” she said.

Heather Prince of Hilton, who achieved eight distinctions, said Nondumiso, Jigisha and she wrote Information Technology as an extra subject and held study sessions to revise.

“We stuck together and studied together. It was good having the support of my friends. It was lots of hard work — I’m glad I made it through,” she said.

Heather said she found the English paper “annoying” as she felt it was of a lower standard.

Heather said she loves dancing and used this to relax in between study sessions. “I go for dancing lessons three times a week; this helped me relax and brought some balance into my busy matric year.”

She has been accepted for a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Rhodes.

For Nondumiso, the examinations were a rollercoaster.

She almost missed her IT trial paper due to a mix-up with the dates, but still managed to excel in that subject.

“My matric year was exciting, but very stressful at times. I did make the most of it as I knew it was

To help stay calm while waiting for her results, Nondumiso read the Twilight series of books and spent time with friends.

She is going to study for a Bachelor of Business Science at the University of Cape Town.

“I hope Cape Town is ready for me; I’m so excited about moving there. School was awesome, but I think being at university is going to be great,” she said.

Kayla Watkins of Underberg, who achieved eight distinctions, said she loved her matric year because she got to build on friendships while revising for the examinations.

She said she took time out from her busy schedule to have fun with her fellow pupils at the school’s boarding house.

“School was great, but now it’s time for bigger adventures, maybe even romance. I’m looking forward to university and the new friends I’m going to make,” she said.

Kayla will study for a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences at the University of Pretoria.

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