Top of the 2019 class

The Leonard family celebrated with a bottle of champagne. Pictured are Logan Leonard, Elroy Leonard, Janine Heineke and Jaqueline Leonard.

Brackenfell High School matriculants jumped out of their seats when principal Jannie Muller last week announced their 100% pass rate for 2019.

The school recorded 99.2% in the 2018 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams.

Mr Muller said that with early detection of “at risk” pupils, he and other staff members could spend more time finding the solution to the problem.

“I am so proud and this year I will continue to work hard to achieve amazing results,” he said.

More than 200 matriculants received Bachelor’s degree passes with 11 pupils earning distinctions.

Top student, Liam Botha, 18, said he faced many challenges during the year but managed to score four distinctions. They are 96% for Afrikaans, 95% English, 98% for dance and 85% for mathematics.

“My parents got divorced this year and I became depressed. My best friend, who was my support structure, moved abroad. I was in doubt about my results and cannot believe I have so many distinctions,” he said.

Liam has plans to study performing arts in Beijing in China for four years.

Another school in the Northern News’ distribution area which managed to increase its pass rate was Masibambane High School, which recorded a pass rate of 84.5% compared to the previous year’s 83.5%.

School principal Rajan Naidoo said the school had done better than he expected, considering the increase of Bachelor’s passes.

“We had 124 Bachelor’s passes this year which shows that the quality of learning and eagerness to learn has improved,” he said.

Mr Naidoo said he had already held an orientation day with the Grade 12’s for 2020 so that they know what is expected of them.