The Kingswood College matric class of 2019 has produced some great results and achieved a 100% pass rate. The results produced by this year’s class reflect a positive step toward pursuing their chosen post-school careers.
The class of 2019, gathered a total of 98 distinctions amongst themselves.
The Kingswood College Dux Scholar for 2019, Françoise Marais, achieved an overall average of 86.42%. Francoise, who comes from South Africa, but who is currently living in Strasbourg (France), has obtained seven (7) distinctions for Afrikaans 1st additional language, Engineering Graphics and Design, English Home Language, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics and Physical Science. Françoise was also in the top 1% for Afrikaans 1st additional language. Marais will be commencing her tertiary studies in September in Europe.
Asked where she sees herself in five years time, Françoise said: “The world is changing so fast, it is almost impossible to determine where I will be in five years time. However, I know that as long as I work hard, and focus on being happy, the rest will sort itself out.”.
Rachel Strachan, who comes from Makhanda, has achieved an overall average of 81.3% with six (6) distinctions in Afrikaans 1st additional language, English Home Language, History, Life Orientation Life Sciences and Mathematics. Her thoughts on these final exams were: “The final exams were fair and not as daunting as I had expected”. Rachel will be doing a Gap Year in the south of France before going to UCT to pursue her tertiary studies.
Simeon Smit, who is from King William’s Town, achieved an overall average of 84.8%. He obtained five (5) distinctions for Afrikaans 1st additional language, English Home Language, History, Life Orientation and Music. Simeon will be studying Theology through correspondence with the South African Theological Seminary while working at a Church in 2020. In five years time he hopes to be pastoring full-time or be completing his Master’s Degree.
Reatile Balopi (Gaborone, Botswana), Quinlan Caiger (Makhanda), Chloe Knight (Cape Town), James Lankester (Makhanda) and Henning van Zyl (Makhanda) all achieved four (4) distinctions each.
Reatile will be taking a few months off in 2020 before starting university overseas and pursuing her law studies. Quinlan will start his first year at Rhodes University in Makhanda this year studying BComm Accounting. Chloe will be studying fine arts at UCT, James will be taking a Gap Year in England and Henning will also be taking a Gap Year in Spain this year teaching English and working with children.