EL matric trio shines

Three pupils from East London schools shone brightly after bagging top honours for their 2018 matric results at the release of results awards ceremony held at the East London Convention Centre on Friday.

Stirling High School’s Francios Naude, Selborne College’s Matt Dewar and Clarendon High School’s Caitlin Laing achieved a resounding 21 A aggregates between them.

Top of the tier and receiving the Premier’s Award was Francois Naude, who bagged eight A aggregates, which he shared with Adrian Grové from Pearson High School in Port Elizabeth.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Stirling High pupil Francois Naude, middle, came third was the third best performing in the Eastern Cape province. He is flanked by department of sport recreation, arts & culture Dsrac MEC Bulelwa Tunyiswa, left, and Educuation department of education MEC Mlungisi Mvoko, right. Picture: AMANDA NANO

The 18-year-old was happy when he saw his results on Friday morning and attributed his success to good planning and support.

“One should plan their one’s studying around their one’s breaks, not leave things too late, and spread out the workload. I also had the full support from of my parents,” Naude said.

Matt Dewar. Picture: SUPPLIED

Coming in at No1 in the Buffalo City Municipality (BCM) district was Dewar, who achieved seven A aggregates. Dewar was unable to accept his award having been as he was away, taking part in at a cricket tournament.

“I was under enormous pressure, so I was quite shocked to receive the award. I didn’t expect it. I’m very happy and it shows that hard work can does pay off,” Dewar said.

He said time management was key to effective studying, as well as doing work immediately, and summarising it and being consistent.


An overwhelmed Caitlin Laing spoke to the GO! after having just received her award for second position in the BCM district.

Third from left, Caitlin Laing accepted her award. Picture: AMANDA NANO

“I’m so happy to have my hard work recognised. I’m grateful for all the opportunities that were presented to me. I’m proud of myself, my town and the province,” Laing said.

Laing added that she was exhausted by the time finals came, but one had to “dig deep”.

“You find it in you and if you worked hard enough throughout the year, then it’s all about doing revision in the end,” she said.


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