Perseverance pays off for Scottburgh High’s Class of 2017

SHS Matrics of 2017

WELL done to Scottburgh High School’s matrics of 2017 who received their end of year examination results last Friday and did exceptionally well.

The school had an overall pass rate of 98 percent, of which 86 percent were bachelor passes. Hard work leads to success, and this was evident when 13 pupils produced more than one A symbols.

Top achievers in the school are Fernando Fernandez Gomez with eight As and Sanam Brijraj and Phumelele Sithembile Mngoma who both produced seven As.

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Top pupil, Fernando, will most likely study actuarial sciences at the University Of Free State, but hopes to get the opportunity to study odontology in the near future.

Producing such outstanding achievements came by following a set study routine for him.

“My routine started early in the year and I worked consistently throughout; making notes after every chapter and frequently revising them really helps it stick; taking frequent breaks, but working conscientiously without distraction was a key aspect to my study routine; a balanced diet and exercise was also essential,” Fernando explained, “And remember, he who perseveres, triumphs.”

Fernando said that the support of his family was a key factor in his academic and schooling success this year and that this achievement means a great deal to all of them.

“I was also very lucky to attend a wonderful school  with teachers that pushed me and went the extra mile, time and time again, in order to ensure the success of their pupils. Without these incredible people, such an achievement would have been a lot harder,” he said.

Phumelele is planning to study medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

“My mom was always there to encourage and support me throughout the year and that always kept me motivated,” she said. The fact that she had a vision for herself for 2018 kept her focused and allowed her to push herself and thus achieve the best results she could possibly produce.

Sanam plans to do construction studies at the University of Cape Town and to get her honours in this field to become a quantity surveyor.

“When I received my results I was extremely surprised and I screamed in front of everyone,” she said, “It came as a shock to me and I felt proud and relieved that all my hard work paid off.”


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Vanisha Moodley

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