Clarendon High School for Girls was recently honoured at the sixth annual National Education Excellence Awards at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg when they were placed third in the country for their quintile.
Headmaster Julie Patrick travelled to Gauteng in order to accept the award on behalf of the school.
For the awards, schools were divided up into quintiles based on government subsidies they received. Quintile five, which Clarendon fell under, consisted of former Model C schools.
Judges looked at five key criteria over a five-year period:
- matric pass rate,
- pure maths pass rate,
- physical science pass rate,
- percentage of pupils who achieved a bachelors’ pass, and
- percentage of distinctions earned.
“I must be honest: we didn’t know what award we were getting and I thought it could be for Clarendon’s 26 years’ 100% pass rate. When they said we’d come third place in the country as a public school, I was very honoured,” said Patrick.
“I was honoured to go up onstage and meet the minister of education [Angelina Motshekga]and accept the prize on behalf of Clarendon,” said Patrick, who credited the school’s success to the hard work of students and staff.
“Our girls are incredibly special and very dedicated. Their work ethic is unbelievable.
“It’s also good leadership from our principals past and present who ensure the environment at Clarendon is disciplined,” she said.
Patrick’s advice for students was to try and maintain balance in their lives in order to prevent burnout.
“Yes, strive for academic excellence but also try and have a balance in your life.”