Matric Results 2017

January 03, 2018 | Girls’ College

We celebrate and give thanks for the outstanding achievements in the IEB examinations of our 2017 Matric students in the Girls’ College of St Stithians. At this major moment in the annual school calendar, we have opportunity to reflect on, and appreciate, the joint contributions of our students, teachers and parents. Together, our Matric classes have lived out the intent of St Stithians to inspire excellence and make a world of difference. Thank you, One and All.

At the core of our philosophy of educational excellence is a multi-faceted experience of education in which each student takes responsibility to ‘own’ her personal learning. There are many outcomes of this journey of education, with the Matric assessments being the ultimate academic indicator. We have encouraged our students to define and set their own personal benchmarks, in the context of our intent to enrol and educate a diverse academic intake. Our teachers create an enabling and stretching environment in which each student can optimise personalised learning, a platform for living life to the full.

The IEB Matric assessments are a significant external benchmark, both nationally and internationally recognised. The St Stithians Matric achievements are the collective indicator of academic excellence, the intersection of personal goals and the standards of the IEB. We are proud of our cohort of top academic achievers, who shine among the best in the country and whose results are documented individually at this time. We salute, too, each one of our students who has excelled against personal benchmarks – a less public achievement, but one that is highly valued and appreciated.

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, the outdoor education facility of St Stithians, on the lives of our girls.

We affirm our commitment as St Stithians to the education of young people of character, who make an impact as leaders and citizens, shaped by a Methodist Church ethos.

Below is a summary of the Girls’ College 2017 Matric results:

  • Candidates: 102
  • Pass rate: 100%
  • Qualified for Bachelor Degree Studies (BD): 100 (98%)
  • Qualified for Diploma Studies: 2 (2%)
  • Distinctions (Level 7 or 80% and more): 278 (average of 2.7 per candidate)
  • 33 girls achieved 4 or more distinctions
  • 5 girls achieved the school’s Academic Honours Summa Cum Laude award which is an average of 90% or more
  • 76% of our girls achieved 1 or more distinctions

Message from the Head of School

To the Girls’ College Matric Class of 2017 - A Message from Dr James

You are a formidable group of young women who have truly lived up to your vision of “Being the Dream”. Your hard work, perseverance and commitment to your academic endeavours has paid off, with an excellent set of IEB matriculation results, which are truly worth celebrating amongst our entire College community.  You have made your teachers and parents exceptionally proud and are most deserving of your achievements.

The Class of 2017 achieved the following results, in outline:

  • 100% pass rate
  • 98% Bachelor Degree pass rate
  • Two girls were placed on the IEB list for Outstanding Achievement (i.e. top 5% of all IEB candidates in 6 or more subjects and 80% or more for Life Orientation)
  • Three girls were placed on the IEB list for Commendable Achievement (i.e. top 5% of all IEB candidates in 5 subjects and 80% or more for Life Orientation)
  • A total of 10 candidates achieved within the top 1% of all IEB candidates in a specific subject, creating a cumulative total of 24 subject marks.
  • We also celebrate the outstanding results of 5 candidates who achieved Academic Honours Summa Cum Laude, which is an average of 90% and above
  • Of the 102 students in the Class of 2017, a total of 278 distinctions were achieved, at an average of 2.7 per student
  • 76% of all candidates scored at least 1 distinction

These results are testament to the efforts, preparation and dedication from each one of you and most importantly your teachers, who have mentored you and provided you with expert guidance and wisdom every step of the way. You owe an enormous amount of gratitude to your teachers and your families for their unwavering support and belief in you. In addition, I would like to acknowledge the Independent Examinations Board [IEB] for their fine administration of the examination process and for their assistance and support in running a fair, valid and reliable high-stakes assessment.

As a Matric group, you have shone academically and these results prove this, however, your success runs far deeper than these results. You have worked to action meaningful change in the Girls’ College and lead as true innovators across a variety of disciplines. You have engaged and connected with our wider community and taken a stance around significant issues affecting society at large; I salute you for this and the fine legacy you leave within the Girls’ College.

I wish you well as you embark on a new chapter in your lives. May you strive to live lives of significance, contributing constructively and critically in all facets of your communities. You are young women with incredible talents and a youthful energy which our country and the world craves. Go well in the knowledge that you remain integrally connected to the Saints family. I look forward to monitoring your onward success with fond interest.

God bless you all.

Warm regards,

Dr Sally James

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 in 6 or more subjects and 80% or more for Life Orientation):

Gabriella Fedetto

Toni Panzera

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

Kathleen Freeman

Alexandra Keogh

Jamie-Lee McDonic

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

Rodina Ayaya (Music, Mathematics)

Iman Ahmed (Life Orientation)

Katarina Djordjevic (Serbian Second Additional Language)

Gabriella Fedetto (English Home Language, History, Information Technology, Life Orientation, Visual Arts)

Kathleen Freeman (Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences)

Alexandra Keogh (History, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences)

E’Jane Li (History, Mathematics)

Jamie-Lee McDonic (Mathematics) 

Toni Panzera (Afrikaans First Additional Language, Geography, Life Sciences, Mathematics)

Laura van Rooyen (Dramatic Arts)

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

Gabriella Fedetto

Kathleen Freeman

Alexandra Keogh

Jamie-Lee McDonic

Toni Panzera

Distinction candidates (in order of number of distinctions)

The top candidates, listed in order of the number of distinctions obtained, are as follows:

12 Distinctions (subjects at Level 7): 1 girl

Toni Panzera

Accounting, Afrikaans First Additional Language, Business Studies, Economics, English Home Language, Geography, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Advanced Programme English, Advanced Programme Mathematics

11 Distinctions (subjects at Level 7): 1 girl

Gabriella Fedetto

English Home Language, History, Information Technology, isiZulu First Additional Language, Italian Second Additional Language, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Visual Arts, Advanced Programme English, Advanced Programme Mathematics

9 Distinctions (subjects at Level 7): 3 girls

Kathleen Freeman

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

Alexandra Keogh

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

E’Jane Li

English Home Language, History, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Music, Physical Sciences, Advanced Programme English, Advanced Programme Mathematics

8 Distinctions (subjects at Level 7): 4 girls

Simryn Andhee

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

Rodina Ayaya

English Home Language, History, isiZulu First Additional Language, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Music, Physical Sciences

Jamie-Lee McDonic

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

Shumirai Sithole

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

7 Distinctions (subjects at Level 7): 2 girls

Victoria Andre

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

Samantha Green

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

6 Distinctions (subjects at Level 7): 7 girls

Katarina Djordjevic

English Home Language, History, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Serbian Second Additional Language, Visual Arts

Danielle Knight

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

Nina Nathanson

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

Catelin Preece

Accounting, Afrikaans First Additional Language, Business Studies, Geography, Life Orientation, Mathematics

Megan Siddle

English Home Language, History, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Visual Arts

Laura van Rooyen

Afrikaans First Additional Language, Dramatic Arts, English Home Language, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Visual Arts

Julie-Ann Wagner

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

5 Distinctions (subjects at Level 7): 6 girls

Simranjit Kaur

Accounting, Business Studies, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics

Samantha Masefield

Geography, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences

Demi Olivier

Dramatic Arts, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences

Tea Simpson-Craib

Geography, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences

Jemma Thomson

Business Studies, Dramatic Arts, History, Mathematics, Physical Sciences

Lauren Urdang

English Home Language, History, Life Orientation, Mathematical Literacy, Visual Arts

4 Distinctions (subjects at Level 7): 9 girls

Iman Ahmed

Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language, Life Orientation, Life Sciences

Tanamarie Booysen

History, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Music

Ashleigh Crisp

English Home Language, History, Life Orientation, Life Sciences

Shannen Etter

Geography, History, Life Orientation, Life Sciences

Rebecca Holding

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

Estelle Mody

Afrikaans First Additional Language, Information Technology, Life Orientation, Mathematics

Andiswa Ngwenya

Accounting, isiZulu First Additional Language, Mathematics, Physical Sciences

Vicky Parrymore

Accounting, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Physical Sciences

Kiara Stanek

Geography, History, Life Orientation, Life Sciences

3 Distinctions (subjects at Level 7): 6 girls

Alessandra Gain, Paige Kirby, Alwande Mahlawe, Chiedza Manikai, Hlumela Mxunyelwa, Tiro Serobe.

2 Distinctions (subjects at Level 7): 16 girls

Thoriso Dlomo, Sarah Falconer, Emily Fields, Jennifer Gray, Amber Grill, Amy Joubert, Megan Joubert, Kelsey Kinmont, Moraig Louw, Veronica Louw, Ntshebetseng Moloi, Tayla Prendergast, Bianca Prinsloo, Bonolo Shiceka, Christy Vickers, Sarah Viljoen.

1 Distinction (subjects at Level 7):  24 girls

Lea-Solange Bango, Amy Barnhoorn, Gabriella Beauchamp, Manuella Bukasa, Jessica Bunyard, Caylin Bygrave, Zoë Duffield, Katherine Gilson, Dhevashni Govender, Lerato Josephs-Langa, Ayesha Khan, Caitlin Klaassen, Jasmin Lauber, Tebogo Masekwameng, Nicole Masson, Lauren Masterson, Owami Mkhize, Alexandra Mundell, Tahlia Naidu, Simingenkosi Ncube, Denise Orege, Jessica Schmid, Michaela Watkins, Olivia Wertheim Aymes.

Well done to all our Matriculants!

We wish all our matriculants a fulfilling new phase of their lives and we encourage them, One and All, to stay connected with St Stithians into the future.

We look forward to staying in touch with our new alumni.