Top honours for underdog school

2010-01-14 00:00

HEATHER Secondary is not the most well-resourced school in Pietermaritzburg, but pupil Sheldon Moodley is the district’s second best matric, and third in the whole province, as well as the only boy in the district’s top five.

Sheldon Moodley, the school dux and head boy last year, even surprised himself with his exceptional achievement.

“I’m ecstatic. I’m really very exci­ted. But I think I did as well as I have always done in the past through consistent hard work.”

His parents, Andrew and Premie Moodley, both teachers, said they are “over the moon” with their son’s performance.

“He is the baby of the family, his ol­der brother and sisters are both qualified engineers. We are very proud of him. We expected him to do well but this was a pleasant surprise. He has always worked hard and achieved from primary [school] and he was never the kind of child you had to remind about his school work,” said his mother.

Moodley’s eight As landed him at the University of Cape Town, where he will be pursuing a degree in Actuarial Science, and his father said he hopes he will remain focused and continue to help others.

Heather Secondary principal Lovey Moodley said the resources they have to work with, in comparison to other schools they compete with, means they are underdogs.

“There is definitely no comparison. We charge R1 200 a year in school fees. But Sheldon has done us proud. He is a humble, unassuming and bright lad. He always went out of his way to assist other learners. That’s why I believe he was selected for a Good Fellowship Award for his character and personality. He got on with both staff and learners.”

Other top schools in the district were Raisethorpe Secondary, with two pupils in the top five. Trisha Naicker (17) and Jessica Sebastian (18) came third and fourth respectively.

Sebastian produced seven As and will be studying at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine.

She said the hardest thing about matric was everyone’s expectations when “you have your own dreams”.

“I think matric exams are a stepping stone to the future and I’m happy with the future I have created for myself. I would say I used the opportunity well.”

While she found physics challenging, she concentrated on strengthening her weaknesses.

Naicker, who earned seven distinctions, will study a B.Comm. degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

At number five was Naasiha Docrat, from the Maritzburg Muslim School, with six As. She hopes to be a teacher, since she said her Biology teacher helped her realise the influence teachers can have in shaping their pupils’ futures.

1. Heather Prince

Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High


2. Sheldon MoodleyHeather Secondary


3. Trisha Naicker Raisethorpe Secondary


4. Jessica Sebastian

Raisethorpe Secondary


5. Naasiha DocratMaritzburg Muslim School

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.