‘You are stars,’ minister tells top matrics

Matriculants from schools in the southern suburbs have once again achieved prominent places on the latest senior certificate merit list of the province.

Premier Helen Zille and provincial education minister Debbie Schäfer hosted an awards ceremony at Leeuwenhof in the city centre last Thursday.

Hanna Clayton from Rustenburg Girls’ High School achieved second place with her seven distinctions. Liam Abrahams from Sacs, Abdurahmaan Abrahams from Claremont High School and Matthew Booth from Rondebosch Boys’ High School also achieved places in the top ten – at fifth, sixth and seventh place respectively.

Also featuring in the top 20 were Hanaan Cassiem from Fairbairn College, Wiedaad Classen from Spine Road High School, Priyanka Govender from Rhenish Girls’ High School, Nikita Heneke from South Peninsula High School, Shaakira Ismail from Livingstone High School, Nicholas Janisch from Bishops, Bianca van Zyl from Springfield Convent School and Isma-Eel Kamish from Livingstone.

Oval North High School in Mitchell’s Plain won an award for being the most improved technical high school.

In the category for the biggest increase in Bachelors passes schools from the southern suburbs that won recognition included Cathkin, Pelican Park and Ned Doman high schools and Glendale Secondary School.

Speaking to the learners and representatives from the winning schools, Schäfer congratulated all the matric candidates for their hard work.

“Your hard work has now paid off, and I hope that you realise just how proud we are of your achievements,” she said.

“I also want to acknowledge those who are not here today. You have all contributed to the Western Cape’s success.

“Some people who have not made the ‘top spots’ for today’s awards are separated by the tiniest of margins from those who have. And there are many other excellent achievements that we are not able to acknowledge here today. You are all stars.

“You are about to embark on an exciting new chapter of your life. Only when you get to my age will you realise how little you actually knew when you thought you knew it all.

“But, the advantage of youth is that you have energy and idealism that has not been tainted by experience. So my advice to you is to dream big and always reach for the stars. Work hard and success will follow; remain humble and never lose your integrity.”


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