Matric Results 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Matric Class of 2017 achieved truly outstanding results in the 2017 National Senior Certificate and IEB examinations. Their remarkable achievements demonstrate the proud Herschel legacy of academic excellence and these results, once again, position us as one of the top academic schools in the country.

These results align with the successes that this Matric group have achieved on so many levels this year! In the words of Brazilian football legend Pelé, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

 The results are testimony to the hard work, perseverance and sacrifice of our girls and the Class of 2017 are a credit to Herschel, and their teachers and parents. Congratulations!

94 Herschel candidates wrote the NSC examinations. Below is a summary of the 2017 National Senior Certificate Results:

  • The Class of 2017 achieved a 100% pass rate and a 100% Bachelor Degree pass.
  • The 94 candidates achieved 416 subject distinctions (including Advanced Programme Mathematics and Advanced Programme English). This equates to an average of 4 subject distinctions per candidate.
  • 63% (59 girls) attained an A aggregate (over 80%) and 14% (13 girls) attained an aggregate over 90%.
  • 14 of the 21 subjects achieved a subject average of over 80%, including English, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Accounting. Mathematics had an average of 76.5% and AP Mathematics 76.4%.
  • 35 pupils (37%) achieved 6 or more subject distinctions and 67 pupils (71%) achieved 3 or more subject distinctions.
  • Outstanding pupil achievements:
    • 10 subject distinctions: Holly Judge and Caroline Robertson
    • 9 subject distinctions: Nandipa Mponda and Josephine Rey
    • 8 subject distinctions: Kiran Abbas, Sameeah Amed-Arai, Kirstin Els, Paige Inglis, Allison King, Caroline Koen, Anna Midgley, Maya Viljoen
    • 7 subject distinctions:Qudsiyah Bhawoodien, Gita Briel, Meg Chesterton, Margot Dower, Sabrina Franco, Adrienne Hendricks, Rachael Searle, Lara Sebesteny, Aimee Souchon, Chelsey Voegt
    • 6 subject distinctions:Raffaella Bateman, Alessandra Bayly, Asma Cassim, Anesu Chigwida, Kaylyn Fabing, Samatha Kuphe, Megan Meyer, Kirsten Orton, Amelia Pepler, Bianca Pera, Amy-Leigh Pithey, Beth Joy Postings, Chiara Spokes
    • Three girls achieved 100% for subjects: Kiran Abbas (Accounting), Margot Dower (Visual Arts) and Anna Midgley (Physical Sciences).

These results reflect the academic rigour that the staff have driven and the Matric group have embraced.

What is equally important is how they achieved this, not through a narrow focus just on content and books, but through a holistic approach to academic research, subject-based skills, personal wellness and their committed accomplishments within the sporting, culture, leadership, diversity, service and spirituality arenas of the school.

Herschel is always a busy, dynamic campus and 2017 presented many new societal and national challenges.  We know that the grit, compassion, leadership, insight and hard-earned excellence this Matric year has demonstrated will stand them in good stead for their future, wherever it leads them as proud, confident Old Herschelians.

We applaud the Class of 2017 on their success!

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School Song

We are assembled here in love,
We are united, we care for one another.
The greatest lesson of all is the one
That teaches us to live together, together.

Refrain:
Everyone’s a spark and in the night
Together we make a light, a fire burning bright
Ad Dei Gloriam; Inkosi mayibongwe:
To the glory of our God: this is what we believe.

In times of trouble we support
Our fellows; we are taught to be there for our friends.
And all around us, there will be
That special unity, that binds us all together.

If we come back after many years,
We will think fondly of the things that we remember,
And the friends that we made then,
These will be friends forever, forever.

By Thandi Siebert, Head Girl 1993