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Academic Achievement

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

We promise to maintain and further develop our academic environment both cognitively and physically.

We focus consistently on the nurturing of excellence in teaching and learning to prepare our boys for further study or professional development either locally or globally.

We expect our boys and teachers to be collaborative and accountable and to embody the concept of life-long learning which is so essential in the context of rapid global change.

More information on academic achievement

Westville Boys’ High School has a proud record of academic achievement. Its reputation as a top school was built around academics during the first years of its existence. This reputation has now been enhanced by a high degree of success in sport, culture, service and leadership as well.

At WBHS teaching methodology in each subject is generally based on a questioning and interactive approach. The School also promotes the concept of collaborative learning as a skill that benefits all pupils. This is evidenced through classroom activities and the academic extension and academic support programmes offered outside of the timetable.

At WBHS a strong emphasis is placed on Mathematics and Science. The School does not subscribe to channelling pupils into subjects that may be regarded as softer options. Our emphasis on obtaining the highest possible number of pupils taking Maths and Science for matric allows pupils to extend themselves to their full academic potential and to maximise their opportunities in their chosen careers.

Westville pupils are regularly among the top performers in the annual National Senior Certificate examinations, both provincially and nationally. The School’s most recent top performer was Jarrod Staples who was placed second in the county in 2018.  This achievement followed Asil Motala, who was the top matriculant in South Africa in 2013. He was the second Westville pupil to attain the number one spot in the country. Colin Bigg, in 1999, was the first to achieve this accolade. On eight occasions since the first matriculating class at the School in 1959, a Westville pupil has been the top placed matriculant in the province.

WBHS is a member of the Alan Gray “Circle of Excellence”. This network recognises a maximum of 100 schools in South Africa each year, both public and private, that are, among other things, committed to genuinely transforming South African society and who produce young graduates who have a hopeful and optimistic view of themselves, their country, their continent and the world. WBHS has been a member since 2008, the founding year of this prestigious network.

National Senior Certificate examinations 2018

Our 2018 Matric group performed exceptionally well in the 2018 NSC exams. WBHS certainly dominated proceedings at the provincial awards function in front of a capacity crowd at the Durban ICC last week.  No less than three of our boys excelled by being named in the elite Top 10 of the province. Our Dux Jarrod Staples claimed 1st position, with Khelan Bhana (Proxime Accessit) being placed 4th and Thomas Earle 8th. WBHS was the only school with more than one representative in the KZN Top 10. Shivash Mahabeer is also congratulated on receiving the Mathematics prize.

 

This event followed Jarrod’s exceptional achievement in being placed 3rd nationally with marks in his six NSC examination subjects of: English 96%, Afrikaans 96%, Mathematics 99%, Physical Science 98%, Accounting 99%, History 94% for an average of 97%. He also undertook two optional exam subjects, Advanced Programme Mathematics (95%) and Life Sciences (90%), in addition to the non-exam subject, Life Orientation (90%).

 

The 220 candidates in the Class of 2018 generally achieved a remarkable set of results, with 425 subject distinctions, a 99% pass rate and an 85% Bachelor pass rate.   Other outstanding statistics were that 21 boys achieved 7 distinctions or more, while 30 boys achieved 6 distinctions or more.

 

Congratulations go to those boys who extended themselves in achieving their full potential, and our teachers across all grades for their persistence in motivating the students in their classes. The positive and vital pressure that parents apply at home in supporting their sons is also much appreciated.

 

Our 30 top-performing students were:

  • Those students who achieved 9 distinctions: Jarrod Staples & David Weber.
  • Those students who achieved 8 distinctions: Khelan Bhana, Thomas Earle, Shivash Mahabeer & Yashik Ramlall.
  • Those who achieved 7 distinctions: Abdullah Ahmed, Shakiel Haneef, Rinaav Haripersad, Matthew Hislop, Levendran Konar, Keenan Laas, Ghyandra Naidoo, Ziyaad Simjee, Zackary Smorenburg, Tristan Somerville, Deelan Vanmari, Matthew Visser, Josia Vom Orde, Brendan Willemse & Arman Yetwaru.
  • Those who achieved 6 distinctions: Raees Amla, Nihal Maharaj, Robert Major, Lisanthan Moodley, Riolan Moodley, Sashen Moodley, Jordan Silver, Betinsae Temesgen & Joshua Woods.

 

Bachelors’ passes were achieved by 187 students. In assessing the quality of passes, a major factor is: that 86% of our students undertook core Mathematics, and 79% undertook Physical Science.  In addition, 26 students also wrote Advanced Programme Mathematics.  This indicates that our boys undertake challenging courses to keep their career options open, which makes their achievements even more impressive. It is WBHS policy not to encourage our students to choose softer options.

National Senior Certificate examinations 2017

The Class of 2017 achieved 418 subject distinctions, a 97% pass rate and an 84% Bachelor pass rate.  Congratulations to those boys who extended themselves in achieving their full potential, and our teachers across all grades for their persistence in motivating the students in their classes. I also appreciate the positive and vital pressure that parents apply at home in supporting their sons.

However, it was disappointing that our 2017 Bachelor pass rate and the number of distinctions were relatively lower than usual.

Congratulations to our top-performing students:

  • Those students who achieved 8 distinctions: Daiman Somerville, Rorke Lilford, Jonty Ross and Tyler Buxton.
  • Those who achieved 7 distinctions: Muhammad Jhavary, Tameez Gani, Navidul Islam, and Harry Reinbach.
  • Shaun van Rensburg, who was named as one of the top Mathematics students in KZN with a mark of 98%. He is also able to boast six subjects with marks over 90%.

Bachelors’ passes were achieved by 186 students. In assessing the quality of passes, a major factor to consider is that:

  • 86% of our students undertook core Mathematics, and
  • 86% undertook Physical Science.

In addition, 20 students also wrote Advanced Programme Mathematics.

This indicates that our boys undertake challenging courses to keep their career options open, which makes their achievements even more impressive. It is WBHS policy not to encourage our students to choose softer options.

 

Indicators of high achievement were the distinctions in three of the challenging gateway subjects:

  • Mathematics: 42 A’s plus Advanced Programme Mathematics: 5 A’s
  • Physical Science: 41 A’s
  • Accounting: 41 A’s

 

Some other notable statistics were:

  • 186 achieved Bachelor passes
  • 4 students achieved 8 distinctions
  • 8 students achieved 7 distinctions or more
  • 19 students achieved 6 or more distinctions
  • 40 students achieved A aggregates
  • 94 students achieved B aggregates or better
  • 155 students achieved C aggregates or better
  • 418 subject distinctions were achieved in total
  • 86% of the group undertook core Mathematics, and 86% undertook Physical Science