The 2015 NSC results reaffirm the School’s position as one of the top academic institutions in the country. From the very beginning, 61 years ago, the School has achieved outstanding academic results and has annually produced some of the top academic pupils not just in the province, but in the country.
The Class of 2015 did extremely well to achieve 520 subject distinctions and a 92% Bachelor pass rate. Given the size of the group (252 students) it is to their credit that they were able to produce such excellent results. The fact that this was achieved in the context of the national decline in marks in many subjects and the fall in the country’s overall pass percentage is tribute to their and the School’s commitment to excellence.
We are very pleased that 229 of our students achieved Bachelors’ passes (i.e. 92% of the group). In assessing the quality of passes, another major factor to take into account is that:
- 83% of our students undertook core Mathematics, and
- 85% undertook Physical Science.
This indicates that they undertake challenging courses in order 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.
Two of our students’ results are incomplete due to injury or illness.
Some notable statistics for our group of 251 students were:
- 251 passed out of 252 i.e. 99,6% (2014: 99%)
- 229 students achieved Bachelor passes i.e. 92% of the group (2014: 86%)
- 16 students achieved 7 distinctions (2014: 19)
- 24 students achieved 6 or more distinctions (2014: 31)
- 48 students achieved A aggregates (2014: 45)
- 113 students achieved B aggregates or better (2014: 107)
- 200 students achieved C aggregates or better (2014: 194)
- 520 subject distinctions were achieved in total (2014: 527)
- 83% of the group undertake core Mathematics, and 85% undertook Physical Science
- 15 students undertake Accelerated Programme Mathematics.
Sahil Maharaj achieved 7 distinctions, and was placed in the top five in the province. The other students who each achieved 7 distinctions were: Kamir Arjun, Dylan Arumoogum, Dhiraj Bhana Dane Bottomley, Samuel de Beer, Matthew Copley, Johan du Toit, Luc Garrioch, Joshua Gonggryp, Taveer Hargovan, Luke Lapin, Devashen Mudaliar, Jack Reinbach, Muhammad Suleman and Taahir Suleman.
I thank all our teachers across all grades for their persistence in motivating the students in their classes. I also appreciate the positive pressure that most parents apply at home in supporting our initiatives – this is extremely vital.The success we achieved last year in academics, sport and the arts reinforces our commitment to the holistic approach and our mission of nurturing all-round excellence. It is very true that the more a boy puts into his School, the more he gets out of it. The students mentioned above were certainly not one-dimensional academics, and they added value to the School over a number of different areas: in sport, performing arts and service.