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St John’s College top achievers

St John’s College top achievers

The St John’s College #ClassOf2020 has returned an exceptional set of matric results. The school celebrates a 100% pass rate, with nearly 98% of the class achieving BD (bachelor’s degree) passes. The 126 boys in the matric class of 2020 achieved 357 distinctions between them.

Stuart West, executive headmaster at St John’s College, says these achievements would be exceptional under any circumstances – let alone a year so heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The St John’s matric students drew heavily on their developed resilience, disciplined work ethic and confidence to problem-solve on their own to achieve excellent results across the board.

“We salute the matric class of 2020 on truly outstanding results in the IEB examinations. We celebrate another year in the legacy of academic excellence at St John’s College. We are proud of what the class has achieved in its matric year and how each boy has grown, and we believe they are excellently equipped to work independently and successfully at tertiary level.”

Of the 126 St John’s College boys who wrote the matric exams, seven achieved an average of at least 90% (5.6% of the class). An average of at least 80% was achieved by 46 boys (more than a third of the matric class), while 64 boys achieved an average of at least 75% (more than half of the class). Six or more distinctions were achieved by 22% of the St John’s College #ClassOf2020.

Nearly 80% of the 116 boys who wrote the Mathematics exam achieved a mark of more than 65%, with nearly half of the Maths class achieving a distinction. All St John’s College students who wrote the Advanced Programme (AP) Mathematics exams achieved at least 60%. A quarter of the AP maths class achieved a distinction. 

Of the 105 boys who wrote the Physical Sciences paper, nearly a third achieved 80% or more, with close to 70% achieving 60% or higher.

Ninety-nine percent of the St John’s College #ClassOf2020 achieved at least 60% in English, with 32% of the class achieving at least 80% in English.

The Information Technology class achieved outstanding results. More than two-thirds of the 28 boys who wrote the exam achieved a distinction, while 85% of the class achieved at least 60% in Information Technology.

The top academic achievers of the #ClassOf2020 at St John’s College are:

Andi Qu, who achieved an average of 96.4% and eight distinctions (Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language, German Second Additional Language, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Music, Physical Sciences and AP Maths).

Kei Prior, who achieved nine distinctions (English Home Language, French Second Additional Language, History, IsiZulu First Additional Language, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, AP Maths and AP English) and an average of 94.1%.

Gustav Kruger, whose average was 91.3%, and who achieved his eight distinctions in Afrikaans First Additional Language, Dramatic Arts, English Home Language, History, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Physical Sciences and AP Maths.

Taylor Williamson, who achieved an average of 90.0%, with nine distinctions (in Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language, Geography, History, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Physical Sciences AP Maths and AP English).

Cameron Quiding, whose average was 90.6%, and who achieved seven distinctions (English Home Language, Geography, History, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Physical Sciences and AP Maths).

Gregory Thompson, who achieved nine distinctions (English Home Language, German Second Additional Language, IsiZulu First Additional Language, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, AP Maths and AP English) and an average of 90.4%.

Joshua van Zyl, whose average was 88.9% and who achieved eight distinctions (in Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language, German Second Additional Language, History, Information Technology, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Physical Sciences and AP Maths).

Zaid Essop, who achieved an average of 88.4% and eight distinctions (in Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language, Geography, History, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences and AP Maths).

Sven Solot, whose average was 88.1% and who achieved seven distinctions: Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language, Geography, Information Technology, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Physical Sciences and AP Maths.

Joshua Falkov, who achieved an average of 87.9% and distinctions in six subjects: Dramatic Arts, English Home Language, Information Technology, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Physical Sciences and AP Maths.

“We are extremely proud of these boys, and indeed of every member of the 2020 St John’s matric class,” West says. “It’s been an honour working with these young men. They are a credit to the school and we thank them for the contribution they have made in the classroom, on the sports fields and in every sphere of St John’s life. We look forward to welcoming each of them to the Old Johannian Association so that their achievements may grow into a legacy for all who come after them.

“We congratulate all matriculants in South Africa, and wish the young people of the class of 2020 all the best for the future, wherever it takes them.”

Andi Qu, a St John’s College top achiever, loves Vivaldi

Eight distinctions (Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language, German Second Additional Language, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Music, Physical Sciences and Advanced Programme Mathematics)

Average 96.4%

One of the St John’s college top achievers, Andi Qu, says being in matric in 2020 was tough.

“On top of all the work, there was the Covid-19 pandemic that meant we all had to adapt really quickly to a strange and unfamiliar situation. Our teachers were fantastic, though, and we got great support in the online learning environment. St John’s handled final exams really well, too. The exam set-up was seamless, and didn’t add to the stress.”

Andi is presently doing a software development internship in Johannesburg, but leaves in September to pursue his Computer Science studies in either Singapore, the United States or the United Kingdom.

Andi was a Maths tutor for matric students at the St John’s Academy (an after-school enrichment programme for boys from disadvantaged backgrounds who attend schools in communities close to the College). He represented South Africa in the 2020 Mathematics, Computer Science and English olympiads, winning both the Maths and Computer Science events and achieving a top 10 spot in the English Olympiad.

He’s a keen chorister, and has been singing in the St John’s choir since he first arrived at the College as a boy of 10. He also plays the piano, flute and clarinet. He loves Vivaldi’s Gloria and remembers a 2017 St John’s College choir performance of Gloria that was, he says, one of the highlights of his years at school.

His advice to young people starting secondary school this year is to make the most of all the school offers: “No matter if it’s sport, culture or social opportunities, get involved as much as possible. These activities all broaden your horizons and enrich your formative years.”

 


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