IEB flying colours for Crawford and Ashton!

Hard work pays off! Regan Sharp, Danelle van der Linde, Ceagan Scott and Dylan Hugo pop the champagne in celebration of their matric results.

While government school matrics were still holding their breath for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) results that came out today, International Examination Board (IEB) pupils have been popping corks with relief and excitementsince last Friday.

Both Crawford College North Coast and Ashton International College were thrilled to announce that they have once again scored a 100% pass rate.

With seven distinctions and an average of 89,57%, Ashton’s top achiever and 2016 Dux was Emma Perkins.

Benjamin Habig, Emma Perkins and Natasha Henning - three of Ashton's top performers - celebrate their results.

Benjamin Habig, Emma Perkins and Natasha Henning – three of Ashton’s top performers – celebrate their results.

“I was very nervous – there are never any guarantees,” said Emma, who is off to study BAcc at Stellenbosch University next year.

Proxime Accessit Rachel Sarafidis, also the deputy head girl, followed closely with seven distinctions and shared the second place with Gemma Poretti who also bagged seven distinctions with an average of 88,71%.

The cherry on the top was the Outstanding Achievement award to Emma Perkins, who was ranked in the top 5% nationally in six of her subjects, and a distinction for Life Orientation.

A Commendable Achievement Certificate for being ranked in the top 5% for five subjects was awarded to Rachel Sarafidis.

Hot on their heels was deputy head boy, Benjamin Habig also with seven distinctions and an average of 84,86%. Benjamin, who is going to study a BCom in Business Management at TUKS in 2017, said he stayed up till midnight to see his results as soon as possible.

“I just want to thank the school and all the teachers for the hard work they have put in to get us where we are today,” he said humbly.

Ashton executive head Joe Erasmus said he was extremely proud of the 73 matrics who wrote IEB exams and achieved an average of 1,6 distinctions per pupil.

“The message I often used throughout the year to our matrics was trust and faith – if you have both, you can move mountains and that is exactly what they did, they moved mountains,” said Erasmus.



Twins at the top

Holly Hesom, Tarryn Loots and Hayley Hesom are the top three pupils at Crawford College North Coast.

Holly Hesom, Tarryn Loots and Hayley Hesom are the top three pupils at Crawford College North


Crawford College principal, Andre Loots was equally pleased with his matrics for being such well-rounded individuals.

“We are exceptionally proud of our matric group of 2016. They were a passionate group who were not only extensively involved in community outreach, but also excelled in the cultural arena and on the sports fields.

“I also congratulate our teachers for the countless hours they have put in to ensure our students are well prepared for the examinations.”

As a father, Loots was mighty proud of his daughter, Tarryn, who achieved the second best average with 86,46%.

She was also in the top one percent of all IEB candidates for Afrikaans, achieving 93%, and had an overall average of 86.46% .

“All I want for my daughter is for her to be happy and to reach her goals. She achieved both in 2016!”

Besides Tarryn, the shining stars were the Hesom twins, Hayley and Holly, who came first and third respectively, with 15 distinctions between them.

“My twin sister, Holly, and I have worked together since we started school and without her I would never have been able to achieve my goals, because she is my best friend and the best tutor you will ever find.

“Together we make the perfect team,” said Hayley, who was the Crawford North Coast Dux scholar for 2016 and advised future matrics to work hard, play hard and stay focused.

With eight distinctions, Hayley achieved an overall average of 87.46%.

She was in the top one percent of all IEB candidates for both Life Orientation, with an average of 95%, and Business Studies, with an average of 92%.

Her sister, Holly, agreed that matric was definitely the most stressful year so far and really a nerve wracking experience.

“If I had to offer anyone advice to survive matric, I would suggest you ask yourself what you want to do with your life.

Set that goal and work towards it, which will give you the motivation to persevere.

We were lucky to have had a great support system from our family, friends and teachers too, which made all the difference,” said Holly.

The twins are planning to study medicine at the University of Pretoria next year.

Crawford North Coast’s distinctions tally was one pupil with eight, three pupils with seven, a further three pupils with six and another three pupils with five, while seven pupils got four.

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