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Kristien nails eight distinctions
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 00:00

The 18-year-old said she feels proud that her hard work has paid off.

Granteigh College's Kristien van der Walt hammered home eight distinctions  to be top achiever in the IEB matric examinations
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    PHOTO: Dave Savides
Granteigh College's Kristien van der Walt hammered home eight distinctions to be top achiever in the IEB matric examinations See story on page 2 PHOTO: Dave Savides

THROUGH hard work, focus and a passion to one day become a doctor, Grantleigh College’s Kristien van der Walt achieved the highest matric results of all Zululand’s IEB (Independent Examinations Board) pupils this year.

She accomplished an impressive eight distinctions in Afrikaans, English, Mathematics, Life Orientation, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Visual Art and Trinity College Music.

The 18-year-old said she feels proud that her hard work has paid off.

‘I’d like to thank my family, particularly my mom, and all my teachers for all their support,’ said Kristien.

‘It was challenging, but I like to take up a good challenge.’

She has been provisionally accepted to study medicine at the University of Cape Town with hopes of one day specialising in psychiatry.

‘I really want to help people and psychiatry is an interesting combination of medicine and psychology.

‘I also want to build a solid purpose in life and hope to contribute to society in a positive and significant way.

‘But in the meantime, I don’t have any immediate set goals. My goals are to take things one day at a time.’

Grantleigh College Executive Headmaster Shaun McMurtry congratulated the star pupil.

‘It’s a huge accomplishment to achieve a distinction in any subject, but to achieve it in multiple subjects attests to Kristien’s God-given talent and outstanding diligence,’ said McMurtry.

‘She was a fantastic role model for our whole school.

‘I also want to pay tribute to our teaching staff whose dedication and professionalism guided these pupils towards achieving their full potential.’

Caelia Voysey

Caelia Voysey

Megan Sutherland

Megan Sutherland

Outstanding results

Other stellar performers were Caelia Voysey and Megan Sutherland who had distinctions for seven subjects as well as Julia McGrath and Genevieve Hanbury-King who aced six subjects.

All 59 Grantleigh candidates who wrote the matric exams passed, with 20% of them achieving an aggregate average of over 80%.

The school saw 128 distinctions (Level 7 Passes), which equates to 2.2 distinctions per pupil.

Outstanding Grantleigh College pupils leap towards a bright future (clockwise from centre) - Julia Wilson-Brown, Peter Cloete, Carmen de Villiers,Kristien van der Walt, Caitlin Ullbricht, Sarah McMurtry, Jamie-Lee McGregor, Annushka van Schalkwyk, Ashleigh Engelbrecht, Julia McGrath, Taylor Anselmo, Genevieve Hanbury-King, Stacey Mattison and Kerryn Farrell

Outstanding Grantleigh College pupils leap towards a bright future (clockwise from centre) – Julia Wilson-Brown, Peter Cloete, Carmen de Villiers,Kristien van der Walt, Caitlin Ullbricht, Sarah McMurtry, Jamie-Lee McGregor, Annushka van Schalkwyk, Ashleigh Engelbrecht, Julia McGrath, Taylor Anselmo, Genevieve Hanbury-King, Stacey Mattison and Kerryn Farrell

 
Super scientist makes his mark
Friday, 31 October 2014 00:00

Michael van Niekerk won a gold medal at the International Science Fair for his project entitled ‘Energy Through Motion’.

Science boffin Michael van Niekerk
Science boffin Michael van Niekerk

GRANTLEIGH College Grade 10 pupil Michael van Niekerk is known for his passion for science and previously entered the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists competition, winning a gold medal at the International Science Fair for his project entitled ‘Energy Through Motion’.

He continued to develop his idea and entered the Eskom eta Awards in July.

The eta Awards reward exceptional effort in the more efficient use of energy by individuals, students, companies or other institutions.

Michael’s project found favour with the judges and he was selected to go through to the second round, which involved an interview in Johannesburg.

He impressed the judges yet again and was selected as one of three finalists for the final round.

The winners and runners-up will be announced at a gala event in Johannesburg on 28 November.

 
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