Sacrifices bear fruit

2014-01-07 00:00

GIRL power ensured the matrics of Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High did their school proud, with 12 pupils scoring eight and nine distinctions in their finals.

The girls, who were told they were on the province’s top achievers list, were thrilled and excited that the waiting was over and their hopes had come true.

Top achiever Priyanka Ramgoolam (18) was told on Wednesday last week that her results were top class and she was among the province’s top pupils.

She was flown to Johannesburg yesterday to attend a special ceremony hosted by the Basic Education Department to honour the top achievers.

She obtained distinctions in English, Afrikaans, maths, life orientation, geography, life sciences, physics, information technology and maths paper three.

“I didn’t expect to get the top marks, but I did work really hard and I was hoping for a few distinctions.

“When I heard I had nine distinctions, it was quite a shock. I am very excited and I am still in a state of disbelief,” she said. Ramgoolam will study for a medical degree at the University of Pretoria this year.

Headmistress Val Fowler said: “We are delighted to hear that the results are so good. Credit must go to our girls for taking their matric year seriously and working to the best of their ability. Also, credit must go to the teachers for their thorough teaching and dedication to their profession. They have done themselves, their school and their parents proud.”

Naadira Ballim (18), who obtained the same nine distinctions as Ramgoolam, was holidaying in the Addo Elephant Park when she received the news of her results. She said she was “very happy”.

She will study civil engineering at UKZN this year.

School-mate Aliyah Bishop (18), who collected eight distinctions, said the results were proof that what you put in, was what you got out. “I was a bit of a late starter. Last year I really got my act together and worked very hard, and I am so happy with the result. I wanted to make my parents proud.” She hopes to study medicine this year.

Adila Hassan (17) studied day and night and forfeited her social life in the month leading up to the matric exams to get her eight distinctions. “I was hoping for good results but not expecting it, so I am overjoyed. I have been very stressed out and now I can relax.”

Lynne Clarke (18) — with a basket of eight distinctions — was full of smiles and said she had hoped her dedication to hard work would pay off. She will study at UKZN and will be pursuing her passion for history.

Telisha Ramlall (18) is another brainiac with nine distinctions and ambitions of working with numbers. She says the formula was easy — “hard work and more hard work”.

She will be studying actuarial science at the University of Cape Town.

Simone Nursoo (18) — who scored eight distinctions — was not sure what her exams would yield and the results were wonderful news. She will study medicine at the University of Pretoria.

Anchal Katiyar (18) — who got distinctions in English, Afrikaans, maths, life orientation, accounting, information technology, life science, physics and maths three — was not available to hear the good news yesterday as she was taking part in a bursary programme. Katiyar has been accepted to study chemical engineering.

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