St Stithians pupils obtain 100 per cent pass rate.

Zhao Ruoxing Grace plans to study biomedical engineering in America. Photo: Supplied.

St Stithians boys and girls colleges achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in this year’s Independent Examinations Board (IEB) National Senior Certificate examinations.

About 250 pupils from both colleges wrote the exam and obtained 100 per cent matriculation pass rates with 99 per cent of them being bachelor’s degree passes.

Pupils achieved a total of 594 subject distinctions. In the girls college, about 105 candidates wrote the examination with 25 pupils achieving more than four distinctions each, while another four girls each achieved the school’s academic honours summa cum laude awards, which is an average of 90 per cent or more. Meanwhile, 79 per cent of girls achieved one or more distinctions.

From the boys college about 142 pupils from 145 who wrote the exam, achieved the admission for bachelor’s degree studies. About 39 boys achieved four or more distinctions, while seven of them achieved the school’s academic honours summa cum laude award and 78 per cent of boys achieved one or more distinctions.

Ruoxing Grace Zhao from the girls college achieved nine distinctions in accounting, Afrikaans first advanced language, English home language, French second additional language, life orientation, life sciences, mathematics, physical sciences and advanced programme mathematics.

Zhao would like to study biomedical engineering in America, preferably at Cornell University.

Michael de Vos in the boys college is placed on the IEB’s list for outstanding achievement, which is the top five per cent of pupils who excelled nationally. He achieved distinctions in English home language, Afrikaans first additional language, mathematics, life sciences, physical sciences, history and life orientation.

De Vos was also in the Dukes and the boys college choir, and he was head of house for Webb house.

Phathu Luvhengo

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