PMB schools boast many top achievers

2007-12-27 00:00

A number of Pietermaritzburg schools boast a crop of top students under their banners.

The Education Department is expected to shed light on the performance of KZN’s matrics and other matters today.

At Raisethorpe Secondary, 13 of their 278 matriculants achieved multiple distinctions in key subjects, while Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High (GHS) had 10 pupils with many distinctions. Maritzburg College had seven top learners with multiple distinctions.

Mary-Anne Akerman, GHS deputy principal, ascribed her school’s formula for success to the hard work put in by everyone at the school, starting in lower grades.

"The hard work starts from grade eight; it is not just a one year process," she said. Five girls at the school achieved seven distinctions each, while another five received six each in their respective subjects.

Achievers Hemisha Makan and Caroline Burke (both 18) concurred with Akerman, saying they studied very hard for their exams. Burke said she was pleasantly shocked when she received the news of her achievements.

She plans to join her church’s Destiny Team to do church work. Makan plans to study towards a B.Sc. degree in computer science and IT.

Dharam Bridgmohun, the headmaster at Raisethorpe Secondary, said he is very proud that his pupils have done so well.

Among Pietermaritzburg private schools, which wrote the Independent Examination Board’s matric, Wykeham Collegiate has three pupils in the top 50, followed by St John’s DSG, St Charles College, Hilton College and Epworth Independent High School for Girls, each with one top 50 achiever.

St Charles head of academics, Allen van Blerk, said they achieved 91% exemptions and a 100% pass rate with five boys boasting six distinctions and one with seven.

Again the age-old question of who is cleverer, girls or boys, can be asked. In Pietermaritzburg, the answer seems to be girls.

Among local schools with IEB top 50 matriculants, two were boys, five were girls.

Two of Wykeham Collegiate’s stars, Isabella Fatti (17) and Ingrid Salisbury (18), who have been good friends since grade one, were still in shock when they came to speak to The Witness.

"I thought I would do well but not this well. The first thing I did was call Ingrid and I was ecstatic to hear she had done so well too," said Fatti. She will be going to Italy for a gap year and plans on doing medicine in Cape Town afterwards.

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