Distinctions record for Grahamstown school


With eight subject distinctions, six of them over 90%, DSG matriculant Alice Godlonton emerged as Grahamstown’s top achiever as the Independent Examination Board (IEB) released their 2017 Matric results yesterday. A total of 11 464 candidates wrote the IEB National Senior Certificate this year and the national pass rate was 98.76%. The results were embargoed to today.

At the Diocesan School for Girls, three girls were listed on the IEB commendable list for being placed in the top 5% of all Matric IEB candidates in five subjects, while at Kingswood College, the top seven Matriculants garnered 32 distinctions between them and overall averages above 80%. At St Andrew’s College, the 2017 Matric results are the best in the history of the school, Headmaster Alan Thompson said yesterday.

St Andrew’s College’s Taha Anjum (Grahamstown/ King William’s Town) achieved a full house of distinctions. The school’s Matrics achieved a 100% pass rate and all qualified to study at tertiary level for degree (97%) or diploma (3%) courses. The 103 boys who wrote the exam achieved a total of 224 subject distinctions, the highest number of distinctions achieved by a Matric class at the school since the inception of the NSC in 2008, Thompson said.

James Ridley (Johannesburg), Joshua Starr (Kimberley), Alex Holmes (Grahamstown), Rorke Wilson (Johannesburg), Jamie MacGregor (White River), Murray Breetzke (Johannesburg), Dillan Sievwright (Kenya) and Nicholas Poole (Port Elizabeth) all achieved six distinctions. Alexander Holmes (Geography), Joshua Starr (History) and James Ridley (Mathematics) were among the top 1% of candidates who wrote these subjects nationally.

Abigail Wood

Annabelle Schaefer

Caitlin Bailey

Julie Jevon

Tamia Mfazi







Alex Holmes

Dillan Sievwright

James MacGregor











James Ridley

Joshua Starr






Thompson said the school’s academic excellence programme included the integration of IT into teaching and learning and the implementation of a world-class iPad project, as well as the introduction of Cambridge A-levels.

Murray Breetzke

DSG matriculants Alice Godlonton (Grahamstown), Caitlin Bailey (Knysna) and Annabelle Schaeffer (Johannesburg) were listed on the IEB commendable list for being placed in the top 5% of all Matric IEB candidates in five subjects.

Nicholas Poole

Matching Alice’s eight-distinction tally was Claire Squires (Kimberley). Caitlin Bailey, Julie Jevon (East London), Tamia Mfazi (East London), Annabelle Schaeffer and Abigail Wood (Johannesburg) all attained a full house of seven subject distinctions.

Rorke Wilson

The following girls achieved six subject distinctions: Lisa Huber (Cape Town), Katherine Lane (Johannesburg), Louisa Pagel (Bathurst), Jessica Rushmere (Port Elizabeth), Kirstie Stevenson (Hong Kong) and Emma Stijkel (Zimbabwe). Megan Jones (Cape Town), Isabella Kindersley (Grahamstown) and Nichola Quarmby (Cape Town) achieved five distinctions. The 68 DSG candidates attained 173 subject distinctions (35%) and 176 B (36%).

Headmistress Shelley Frayne said, “We are proud of our academic record which I know can be largely attributed to the strong work ethic among our pupil body, good parental support and a well-trained, committed and dedicated academic staff.”

Georgia Cadle

Alex Griplas

Kate von Holdt

Sarah-Jane Klopstra

Caitlin Stoltz

Thomas Stott

Sanelisiwe Ndlebe from Wesley, near Port Alfred, was Kingswood College’s top matriculant in a year that College Head Jonathan Trafford said had seen several personal bests for the group.

Ndlebe, who plans to study Actuarial Science this year, obtained six distinctions in Accounting, English, IsiXhosa, Life Orientation (LO), Life Sciences and Mathematics.

Grahamstown’s Thomas Stott obtained distinctions in Afrikaans, Engineering Graphics and Design, Information Technology, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Stott won a scholarship to Rhodes University for his tertiary studies and plans to enrol for a BSc with specific focus on Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics as a foundation for a career as an engineer.

Alexander Griplas, from Tanzania, obtained five distinctions in Accounting, Economics, Geography, LO and Mathematics. Griplas plans to study Economics and Finance.

Four other notable achievers of four distinctions each, with over 80% overall averages are Grahamstown’s Caitlin Stoltz (Afrikaans, Business Studies, Geography and Mathematical Literacy) and Kate Von Holdt ( Afrikaans, Dramatics Arts, Life Sciences and Mathematics) as well as Georgia Cadle from East London ( Life Sciences, LO, Mathematics and Physical Sciences) and Sarah-Jane Klopstra from Somerset West (EGD, Life Sciences, LO and Mathematics).

“While delighted with the results of our top achievers, this year’s results speak more to the achievements of the whole group,” Trafford said. “In a number of subject areas, notably Mathematics and Engineering and Graphic Design our pupils exceeded expectations.”

Of all the subjects written by Kingswood matriculants, over 74% of the marks were in the top categories (5, 6 and 7).

Results for the State NSC exams will be released by the Minister of Education tomorrow Thursday 4 January and 2017 matric candidates will be able to collect their results at schools and examination centres on Friday. The Department of Basic Education said a total of 802 636 candidates, 634 527 of them full-time pupils, sat for the exams that began on 16 October and ended on 28 November 2017.

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