Matrics shine brightly

2018-01-16 06:00

Star College’s Bridgetown campus will enter the new school year on a wave of optimism following the achievements of their Grade 12 class of 2017.

Not only did the entire matric class pass, but the campus averaged almost four distinctions per learner, with Ryan Nipper their highest achieving learner, obtaining nine distinctions.

“I was overwhelmed, because I was not expecting to do that well. I was working hard, but you set goals and when you achieve them it is not like that (expected) – it is surreal,” says Nipper.

He adds that he was happy when he received his results, but admits he was still nervous because he was awaiting confirmation of acceptance to universities to which he had applied for this year.

Eventually he decided to study medicine at UCT after being accepted there.

“I am definitely looking forward to achieving my end goal of becoming a cardio surgeon. I am excited that this is actually going to be possible after being accepted. It has always been a dream of mine.

“Doing medicine would be my way of giving back to the community. I get to do something I like for the rest of my life.”

Principal at Star College’s Bridgetown campus, Ugur Hulusi Patli, is ecstatic about the results achieved.

“It was my first year as a principal in Cape Town after working in Durban. Learners and staff worked very hard. After school in the first and second terms from 15:00 to 19:00 it was study time.

“Some of the teachers were coming in to teach extra lessons, and the learners were conducting self-study while teachers were on duty.

“After that the learners really were good in their preparation and I am happy to work with the teachers here. The team was amazing,” says Patli.

He adds that although he expected more, he hopes that after the re-marking process, the number of distinctions per learner (currently 3.96 distinctions per learner) will ­increase.

“The averages are also very good. It is a good mark for our school. We have also received an academic excellence award from the Western Cape Department of Education for the last two years,” says Patli.

This year the school achieved 100% bachelor’s passes, increasing the number by 4.5% from last year.

“Government awarded our school as the top school under 30 learners. This year we will have 32 learners and we will try to do the best this year also.

“We have good support from our parents and our teachers, and the learners are really focused.

“The learners study really hard and they are harvesting the work and we are really happy,” adds Patli.

Meanwhile, Nipper says that this year’s matrics now have the time to prepare themselves for the journey ahead and that starting as early as possible is crucial.

“It sounds like a cliché, but definitely starting early and setting goals is important. Not losing sight of them and just working hard towards them counts.”

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