Gauteng school's 100% matric pass rate remains intact for 46th year despite Covid-19 challenges

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The class of 2020 showed incredible determination and their resilience is reflected in the marks they have produced. (Supplied/St Benedict)
The class of 2020 showed incredible determination and their resilience is reflected in the marks they have produced. (Supplied/St Benedict)

Despite the loss of many weeks of in-classroom teaching due to the Covid-19 pandemic in an unprecedented academic year, the St Benedict’s Class of 2020 has once again produced an impressive set of results in the IEB National Senior Certificate exams.

Two St Benedict’s boys achieved averages over 90% and eight boys are among the country’s highest achievers in particular subjects. With a distinction ratio of two per student and a 97.27% bachelor degree pass rate, there is much to celebrate. 

Notwithstanding this, the most incredible coup is that against all odds, these boys managed to retain the school’s 100% pass rate – bringing this record to an all-time high of 46 consecutive years!

Commenting on the results, the College Headmaster, David Jeffrey, says, "This is a solid set of results and the culmination of years of hard work... In our school’s history, no other group of students has completed their high school career during a global pandemic. There were no signposts to success and at times the challenges to be overcome felt insurmountable. But the class of 2020 showed incredible determination and their resilience is reflected in the marks they have produced. Their dedication to get to this point will serve as an example for generations to come. We could not be more proud of how they persevered".  

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Top Grade 12 student at St Benedict’s

With an enviable average of 92.4% and eight straight A’s, Matt Oosthuizen clinched the position of top Grade 12 student at St Benedict’s. He is listed on the IEB’s Commendable Achievers List which means he is ranked among the top five per cent nationally in five of his subjects and also achieved a distinction in Life Orientation. 

Aiden Plotz also did himself and his school proud by achieving a 90% overall average and an A in eight subjects in addition to achieving being placed in the top one per cent nationally in Business Studies. 

Other top students who really shone in their finals include:

Akhil Govan with an 88.4% average, eight distinctions and being amongst the top one per cent nationally in Mathematics; Jacques Theron, Ricardo Coelho and Gordon Grossett all banked eight distinctions with overall averages of 89%, 87.4% and 86.1% respectively.

The entire St Benedict’s community congratulates these achievers who after years of preparing and working were called upon in their matric year to continue to perform under the most challenging of circumstances. The candidates are all acutely aware that the results of their labour this year could greatly determine their future success. 

In closing, Jeffrey adds, "Humanity constantly faces new challenges; new normalities with multiple situations that require ingenious solutions to survive. Thanks to Covid-19 the class of 2020 has been trained to find them; they are equipped with a unique set of skills that will serve them well as they go out into the world - ready for the next chapter of their lives. It’s an exciting time and we are confident they have the skills they need to scale great heights in the pursuit of their dreams. If history is to be believed, like so many of our alumni, we are expecting to see change-makers and leaders born out of this group. We wish them all well as they forge ahead – knowing they are in charge of their destinies and will fashion bright and fulfilling futures". 

Submitted to Parent24 by St Benedicts. 

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