Christel House students in Ottery achieved top results for matric and celebrated a 90% matric pass rate in the National Senior Certificate examinations, above the national average of 81.3%.The matriculants of 2019 achieved 23 subject distinctions and 61% received a Bachelor pass, compared to the national Bachelor pass rate average of 36.9%. Music and computer application technology were introduced to the students for the first time and both subjects had a 100% pass rate.Top performing student and valedictorian, Nosiviwe Mpukane from Langa, achieved six distinctions and has been provisionally accepted at the University of Cape Town to study a Bachelor of Law degree. Mpukane was thrilled with her pass and thankful to Christel House. “My peers and I have received a great education thanks to our spectacular teachers. In addition to education, Christel House has also prepared us for a successful future by instilling strong character-building qualities in each student. I am ready for any challenge that comes my way and look forward to a bright future,” she said.Another top student, Jessie Stellmacher from Mitchell’s Plain, achieved four distinctions. She was the recipient of the annual Knebel Award, a coveted award given to one student at each of the eight international Christel House schools who display strong character values. Stellmacher thanked Christel House for their support. “Since words are inadequate to express my appreciation for everything my school has done for me, I intend on showing it through my actions of giving back to my community and becoming a success in life,” added Stellmacher. The school in Ottery is one of eight Christel House schools across the globe. Students come from 20 of the poorest communities on the Cape Flats and receive free education including transport, meals, guidance counselling and healthcare.The principal of the high school, Ronald Fortune, who has been at Christel House for 15 years, says he is extremely proud of the hard work and dedication shown by the matric class of 2019. “We are confident that our students will take their successful matric pass as a stepping-stone towards achieving the potential we know each one of them has,” he said. Christel House welcomed 60 new Grade R learners and is appealing to the public to support their #GiveaHandUp campaign to help fund a Grade R starter kit for each student. The starter kit includes school shoes, a summer uniform, stationery and books. V Contact Megan Sonnenberg on 021 704 9417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.