Matric Results - 2010

HeronBridge College celebrates the class of 2010

Gemma Bentley

Chris Black

Stephanie van der Plank

Frances Sewell

Stacey Fellingham

Sydney King

Sarah Elliott

Cheree Swanepoel
Shannon Cloete

Ross Arkert

We are extremely proud of the 2010 Grade 12’s as regards their IEB results. To summarise, they achieved the following rates:

  • 100% pass
  • 100% access to tertiary education
  • 91.5% university entrance (54/59 candidates)
  • 111 distinctions
  • Subject averages up on the IEB averages in 13 instances

Particular congratulations go to Gemma Bentley, the Dux Scholar, who achieved 9 distinctions (English, Afrikaans, Geography, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematic Paper 3, Advanced Programme Mathematics, Physical Science) an average of 86%. She could hardly have done better!

The Top 10 all achieved averages of 80% and higher:

  1. Gemma Bentley 86% 9 distinctions
  2. Chris Black 83% 7 distinctions
  3. Frances Sewell 82% 7 distinctions
  4. Stephanie van der Plank 81% 7 distinctions
  5. Ross Arkert 81% 6 distinctions
  6. Sydney King 83% 6 distinctions
  7. Cheree Swanepoel 81% 6 distinctions
  8. Stacey Fellingham 80% 5 distinctions
  9. Shannon Cloete 80% 5 distinctions
  10. Sarah Elliott 81% 5 distinctions

(The order above does not follow only the averages achieved, as some wrote more subjects than others).

We believe these results speak volumes for the high academic standard of the College. It is of course our first intention to have all our pupils pass the examinations. Much is made of the overall pass rate in the Press. However, I don’t think this is the most important criterion. The IEB examinations are rigorous and are not passed simply by attending a good school. It is possible for pupils in good schools not to make the grade. That is a reflection on them themselves rather than their schools. However, it is always gratifying to have them all pass and so it is a great pleasure for us to have had this happen again in our case. This is a regular situation for us and we are pleased it has continued this year. 

The important factor for me is the tertiary qualification rate, university entrance to the fore. Situated where we are in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, the vast majority of our pupils go on from school to study further. Most of them enter universities around the country; a good proportion enrol for various diploma courses. The fact that every single one of our pupils has qualified to study further is of great significance. It says HeronBridge College has not only taught them well for leaving school, but has done so with the intention of providing them with future opportunities. We are confident they are all well-prepared for advanced studies in the tertiary sector.

This does not simply happen. It comes as a result of excellent teaching and diligent application by the pupils. Our excellent pupils have to work hard, under the guidance of their excellent teachers, in order to pass as well as they have done. I extend my most sincere congratulations to each pupil and each teacher on this exceptionally good achievement.

As a school, a third important aspect for us is the subject averages. We do not yet have a full reckoning from the IEB and will receive that report (on a question-by-question basis in every paper) in February. We shall then be able to ascertain exactly how well we have done in the various aspects of every subject. At this stage, we are pleased to be well above average.

The academics are but one part, arguably the most important part, of the College’s programme. These excellent results parallel the high standard set in 2010 in the co-curricular sphere. We are now able to look back on a most successful year, in all areas of school life. The balance between academics, sports and culturals is so important. We are sometimes criticised for emphasising one or more of these components above the others. We don’t think we do and now I’m confirmed in my opinion we have the balance right. We have achieved outstandingly well in all three of these arenas and that makes for a holistic programme and well-rounded young people.

We need also to take cognisance of the fact that these academic results have come in context of the Independent Examinations Board. We believe the IEB is the premier examining body in our country and so write under its auspices. Their examinations are well set and challenging. Importantly, they are skills biased and require more than the simple regurgitation of facts. The consequence of that is our pupils are now familiar with a good academic regimen and so are well prepared for tertiary studies. As I congratulate them and their teachers on these fine results, I wish all our new graduates continued success in the future.

David Klein
College Head