Matrics rewarded with prize-giving for efforts

SMART PUPILS: Greenpoint Secondary School top achievers from left, Caitlyn Pullian, Lukhanyo Vena and Alizwa Zisile Picture: SIVENATHI GOSA

Greenpoint Secondary School held a prize-giving ceremony on Friday for the matric class of 2018, who achieved a pass rate of 95.3% pass rate.

Principal Jeremy Martin said 53 pupils achieved bachelor’a passes, with 26 distinctions, while surpassing the school’the 83% from 2017.s 83% pass rate in 2017.

“I promised the grade pupils in the beginning of 2018 that if they perform well, I will have a prize-giving ceremony.

“They showed me their capabilities and made the school proud with the results they produced,” he said.

Out of 107 matric pupils, 104 passed.

“They have put the school on the map now. We are now competing with the former model C schools which produce re always producing 100% pass rates. We will also reach that level,” Martin said.

Grade head, Kieron Bhana, said: ”the preparations for the final exams were planned in September 2017.

“I think the quality of our pass outweighs the pursuit of 100%.

“I believe we must encourage our children to dream big and not just be content with complacency, and not allow their circumstances to define them academically.

“We are no longer competing with surrounding schools, but we are gunning for the big schools,” he said.

Bhana said their plan for 2019 this year was is to refine what didn’t work well.

“We are not going to let go of the pupils who didn’t make it. We will make sure that they also pass,” he said.

Lukhanyo Vena, Alizwa Zisile and Caitlyn Pullian were the top three achievers, with Vena achieving first place with five distinctions. “When I found out I got five distinctions, I wasn’t that surprised because I worked very hard for these exams.

“My peers and I spent a lot of time in the library,” said said Vena, who said.

He said he will be studying chemical engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Caitlyn Pullian said she was excited after finding out that she had passed.

“I couldn’t believe it at all, I just was very happy. I will be pursuing my studies in education.

”I expected to pass because I did put my all in my books,” said Zisile said.

And 2019 headgirl Yandisa Ntantiso said the Class of 2018 had shown showed them that it was is possible to succeed.

“We will follow in their footsteps, but this time, we will produce a 100% pass rate,” she said.

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