MATRIC finals gets underway in a matter of days, and Upper Highway principals are confident that their pupils will do their schools proud.Waterfall College Principal Jeanette van der Merwe wishes the Class of 2018 good luck as they embark on the final chapter of their school careers. The Waterfall College Matrics aim to continue the school’s proud record of 13 years of 100% IEB passes and have been working hard during what has been an exciting year for Waterfall Schools, with increasing pupil numbers and eight new classrooms being built. “It has been a pleasure watching our Matrics as they have embraced a balanced approach to their studies — showing commitment to their academic subjects, while also making time to keep active and serve our local community,” said van der Merwe . “We wish all Matrics energy and motivation in their study routines, and calm minds during the upcoming final exams.” Wonga Ntshinga, Senior Head of Programme: Faculty of ICT at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest private higher education institution, said: “The upcoming exams represent the culmination of 12 years of hard work, and will play an important part in determining what options are open to you after school,” “But even though the final exams are an undeniably important milestone, pupils shouldn’t become overwhelmed in the face of what lies ahead, and instead enter this period with a holistic strategy to perform at their best. Essentially, now is the time to draw up your roadmap for the challenging few weeks that lie ahead,” he said.Planning and reviewing should now move from the general to the specific by being organised, narrowing down your reviewing, getting your head in the right space, staying healthy, limiting stress levels and keeping your end goal in mind.“It is helpful to continually visualise your plans for next year, and match that dream with the performance you need to get there. But don’t let these motivational thoughts turn negative. After the exams, you still have time to investigate all your study options, and to match your interests and performance to the amazing higher education paths available. “It is worth taking stock now of where you are, determining what still need to be done, and getting to a space where you are able to stay strong, motivated and effective right until the end of the exams,” said Ntshinga.“Matric pupils have a challenging yet exciting few weeks ahead of them, and going into it with the right frame of mind and a clear-cut strategy can mean the difference between an average performance and an exceptional one,” he added. Hillcrest Fever management and staff wish the Class of 2018 all the best for their final exams.