Matric Results 2016

December 30, 2016 | Girls’ College

We are delighted to announce that our 2016 Matrics have excelled in the IEB’s matriculation examinations. The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) offers a rigorous assessment of the National Senior Certificate curriculum, preparing our students well for tertiary study. We will be highlighting the achievements of our top performers below. We wish also to stress our pride in each matriculant who has done her best. We thank our teachers, parents and community for pulling together with our girls to enable them to achieve excellence and make a world of difference.

Our philosophy of learning and teaching promotes an academic culture which seeks to meet and extend the needs and styles of each student, enabling personalised and meaningful learning to take place. We pride ourselves on this approach, which seeks to optimise individual learning across the academic spectrum and includes enrolling a number of students with identified barriers to learning. We are proud of the top academic achievers, among the best in the country and whose results are documented individually, as well as of each student who has excelled against personal benchmarks.

Matric is the destination of a long journey of learning. We acknowledge the contributions of the teachers at the Preparatory Schools of St Stithians College, as well as those of other Primary Schools which educated this year’s Matric cohort. We pay tribute to the impact of Kamoka Bush School on the lives of our girls on their Saints journey.

At this time of focus on the academic gateway of Matric, we affirm our commitment to the education of young people of character, who make an impact as leaders and citizens, shaped by a Methodist ethos. Academic learning is complemented with a diverse and highly successful sporting, cultural, outdoor education and community engagement curriculum.

Below is a summary of the Girls’ College 2016 Matric results:

  • Candidates: 105
  • Pass rate: 100%
  • Qualified for Bachelor Degree Studies (BD): 105 (100%)
  • Distinctions (Level 7 or 80% and more): 256 (average of 2.4 per candidate)
  • 25 girls achieved 4 or more distinctions
  • 4 girls achieved the school's Academic Honours Summa Cum Laude award which is an average of 90% or more
  • 79% of our girls achieved 1 or more distinctions

Message from the Head of School

Mrs Ivanka Acquisto, Head of Girls' College

To the Class of 2016

This year we celebrated the 21st birthday of our girls’ schools. This is indeed, a special milestone that has been marked in various ways over the year. Similarly, this year your results are certainly worthy of celebration and indicate success on so many levels! You are a credit to Saints, your teachers and your parents. Congratulations!

This year, we have achieved not only a 100% pass rate, but also a 100% Bachelor Degree pass. We also had 4 candidates who achieved summa cum laude, which is an average of 90% and above. What a magnificent achievement! In addition to this the 105 students in the Class of 2016 achieved 245 distinctions. The Girls’ College matric average for all subjects written for the final NSC examinations was 73,78%. 88% of all subjects written by you were at 60% or higher; 17 individual marks were above 95%. This is truly commendable.

There were 56 examination marks of 78/79% and this makes it possible that after re-marks, the number of distinctions may increase.

These results speak to the academic rigour that you and the staff have driven. What is equally important is how you achieved this, not through a narrow focus just on your books, but through your holistic approach to wellness, and your motto, “Change the seen/scene in 2016”. You have shown the depth of who you are, as well as set new heights of achievement academically, but also through your achievements and commitments to sporting, culture, service and spirituality.

While we are a busy campus and this year has presented many new societal and national challenges, we know that the grit you have shown, compassion and growth mindset will stand you in good stead for your future, wherever it leads you. You are ready to take the 6Cs out into the world, and we hope that you continue to live with compassion, commitment, character, creativity, confidence and that you contribute wholeheartedly in a way that serves your neighbours as true servant leaders.

May you always remember that wherever you go, you will leave your legacy, as you have with us at the Girls’ College. Thank you for the gifts you have left for your Saints sisters who will continue to fly the “blue and white”. 

In the words of Brazilian football legend Pelé, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do”. We praise you on your success on this final and most important hurdle of your secondary schooling. May you continue to Inspire Excellence and Make a World of Difference as you Honour God, Honour Others and Honour Self in your journey towards your purpose as proud Saints alumni.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Ivanka Acquisto

The national achievements of our top candidates

The following students were placed on the IEB’s list for Outstanding Achievement (i.e. top 5% of learners nationally in 6 or more subjects and 80% or more for Life Orientation):

Samantha Ball

Cassandra Posthumus

The following student was placed on the IEB’s list for Commendable Achievement (i.e. top 5% of learners nationally in 5 subjects and 80% or more for Life Orientation):

Kathryn Davies

Top 1% of IEB candidates in their subject

The following students have achieved a result in the top 1% of their subject:

Kristen Acheampong (Business Studies)

Samantha Ball (Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language, History, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Advanced Programme Mathematics)

Leigh-Anne Behrens (Life Sciences)

Kathryn Davies (Accounting, Life Sciences, Physical Science, Advanced Programme Mathematics)

Cailin Doyle (History)

Anja Kruger (Afrikaans First Additional Language, Geography)

Nomalanga Luthuli (isiZulu First Additional Language)

Nothnagel Suanrie (Afrikaans First Additional Language, Life Sciences)

Cassandra Posthumus (Life Sciences, Mathematics)

Rachel Swallow (Geography, Life Sciences, Advanced Programme Mathematics)

Ruoxing Zhao  (Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Science, Advanced Programme Mathematics)

The following students qualified for the school's Academic Honours Summa Cum Laude Award (i.e. 90% average for their top seven subjects)

Samantha Ball

Kathryn Davies

Cassandra Posthumus

Ruoxing Zhao

Top candidates

We list our top candidates below in order of the number of distinctions obtained:

9 Distinctions (subjects at Level 7): 1 Girl

Ruoxing (Grace) Zhao

Accounting, Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language, French Second Additional Language, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Advanced Programme Mathematics

8 Distinctions (subjects at Level 7): 5 Girls

Samantha Ball

Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language, History (100%), Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Advanced Programme Mathematics

Leigh-Anne Behrens

Afrikaans First Additional Language, Dramatic Arts, English Home Language, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Advanced Programme Mathematics

Kayla Campbell

Afrikaans First Additional Language, Dramatic Arts, English Home Language, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Advanced Programme Mathematics

Kathryn Davies

Accounting, Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Advanced Programme Mathematics

Cassandra Posthumus

Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Visual Arts, Advanced Programme Mathematics

Rachel Swallow

Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language, Geography, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Advanced Programme Mathematics

7 Distinctions (subjects at Level 7): 3 Girls

Tamaryn Adendorff

Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language, Geography, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Visual Arts

Suanrie Nothnagel

Accounting, Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences

6 Distinctions (subjects at Level 7): 5 Girls

Bianca Breytenbach

Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language, French Second Additional Language, History, Life Orientation, Life Sciences

Kristen Clare

Business Studies, Dramatic Arts, English Home Language, History, Life Orientation, Mathematical Literacy

Olivia Hudson

English Home Language, French Second Additional Language, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences

Anja Kruger

Afrikaans First Additional Language, Geography, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Visual Arts

Jessica Rogers

English Home Language, Information Technology, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences

Claire Van Zyl

Afrikaans First Additional Language, Business Studies, English Home Language, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics

5 Distinctions(subjects at Level 7): 6 Girls

Cailin Doyle

English Home Language, Geography, History, Life Orientation, Mathematics

Stephanie Forson

Accounting, English Home Language, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Physical Sciences

Olivia Levieux

English Home Language, History, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences

Nomalanga Luthuli

Business Studies, Dramatic Arts, English Home Language, History, isiZulu First Additional Language

Amy Malan

Afrikaans First Additional Language, Dramatic Arts, English Home Language, Geography, Life Orientation

4 Distinctions (subjects at Level 7): 5 Girls

Kristen Acheampong

Business Studies, History, Life Orientation, Life Sciences

Jenna Alexander

English Home Language, Geography, Life Orientation, Visual Art

Nathalie Dieltjens

Afrikaans First Additional Language, History, Life Orientation, Life Sciences

Tiana Fleming

Dramatic Arts, English Home Language, Information Technology, Mathematics

Kelsey Whitehouse

English Home Language, History, Life Orientation, Mathematical Literacy

3 Distinctions (subjects at Level 7): 15 Girls

Skylar Bibby, Tamsin Copeland, Julia Evans, Genevieve Freeman, Kelsey Glanz, Kaitlin Groves, Mangaliso Luthuli, Liziwe Memani, Rofhiwa Mukhondo, Sirini Pather, Isabella Schmid, Julianne Scott, Keabetswe Tainton, Oratile Thothela, Emma Watson.

2 Distinctions (subjects at Level 7): 14 Girls

Sabrina Beale, Jordyn Bosch, Holly Chalmers, Isabel Chilvers, Saskia Howie, Elizabeth Janse van Rensburg, Tegan Korevaar, Ethel Makovah, Rebecca Millard, Andrea Mutamba, Misiwe Nkomo, Victoria Pedlar, Tayla Rorich, Sally Tarr, Natalie Travers, Tayla van Eck.

1 Distinction (subjects at Level 7): 29 Girls

Devon Barker, Tayla Briedenhann, Tayla-Leigh Dos Santos, Julia Douglas, Brittney Farquharson, Faye Galanakis, Avalon Gullan, Nicole Heap, Nokuthula Hlongwa, Jessica Kitching, Mila Lecuona, Stephanie Ludi, Prudence Mahlangu, Tamarind Meier, Camryn Owen, Julia Pitchford, Sabrina Potter, Georgina Salmon, Gabriella Schnaier, Skye Schuurmans-Stekhoven, Arite Sekizenge, Kamva Socikwa, Linda Sumbu, Kelsey Veldman, Tamryn Wainwright, Justine Webber, Paige Wilson.

Well done to all our matriculants!

We wish all our matriculants a fulfilling first year out of school, wherever they find themselves, and we encourage them – One and All – to stay connected with St Stithians as they venture forth into this new stage of their lives.