We recently celebrated a phenomenal 100% matric (Grade 12) pass rate and a bachelor’s pass of 89.2%. A bachelor’s pass allows students to apply to study for a Bachelor's Degree at a University.
Our matric pass rate is 20% higher compared to the national average of 80.1% and our bachelor’s pass is also more than double that of the national average of 38.4%, a particularly impressive achievement considering the circumstances and the daily challenges that our students face. Collectively, our class of 2022 achieved 23 academic subject distinctions and 7 in Life Orientation.
Some of the top students at Christel House SA shared their inspiring stories.
Exposure to technology
Tina M. received three subject distinctions and has been provisionally accepted to study toward a BSc in Computer Science at Stellenbosch University. She lives with her single mother and her two younger siblings in Delft. Tina’s dad passed away in 2017, a week before her November exams. She says, “my school has always been there in my time of need. Whenever I fell sick, the school nurse was there to help. When I missed the bus in the afternoon, there was always someone willing to get me home.” She adds, “Even though it’s a struggle for a single mother to care for three children, Christel House has removed some of the financial burden and other pressures on my mother as my school offers everything we need to succeed.” Tina is interested in pursuing a career as a Computer Scientist or an IT Specialist.
Quality resources and dedicated teachers
Abdu-Shakoor A., from Grassy Park, is the top-performing matriculant and Valedictorian for the class of 2022. He achieved five subject distinctions and will be studying Civil Engineering at Stellenbosch University. Abdu-Shakoor started his schooling career at a public school where he explains things were tough as he shared a classroom with over 60 other children. He joined Christel House SA in Grade 6 where classes are only allowed to reach a capacity of 30. He says, "I might come from a humble background where I face many challenges, but I have supportive parents and a school that makes sure I have the best resources and dedicated teachers. I’ve had the best support and I am eternally grateful.”
Chelsea S. from Manenberg, received five subject distinctions. She has applied to study towards a Business Science degree at The University of Cape Town. Both of Chelsea’s parents are unemployed and with two other siblings, her family has faced many financial challenges. Chelsea says, “Despite our financial challenges, we were and still are very optimistic about life. I have always been an introverted, shy girl but my teachers helped me to overcome my fear of public speaking.” Chelsea says that she now enjoys public speaking and it has really helped to build her confidence. She aims to become a successful businesswoman and help her family improve their financial situation.
Dr Ronald Fortune, our High School Principal, expressed his pride in the class of 2022. “I am incredibly proud. Our students and teachers have worked hard and sacrificed much and it has all been worth it.”