ASHTON MATRIC'S SHINE AT VALEDICTORY 2018


ASHTON MATRIC'S SHINE AT VALEDICTORY

With the final few days before writing their final examinations, and a celebration of their school career achievements, Ashton held their Valedictory function on Friday 12 October.  The class of 2018 have a busy time ahead as they prepare for their final IEB examinations, as well as the Cambridge Assessment International Education examinations, on both A and AS level.  “The students produced an outstanding set of results following their trial examinations and we are looking forward to excellent results final 2018 all round,” said Mrs Jenny van Buuren, Senior College Head.  “We are also extremely proud of the fact that so many of our students have achieved exceptionally well in their final external Cambridge examinations written earlier this year, she added.

At the Valedictory Awards function held on Friday  in the Grace Hall, Gabriel Delamere clinched the outstanding Achiever Award for Cambridge AS Level, Courtney Koopmans was the Proxime Accessit on Cambridge A Level, and Maryia Piatrova clinched the Cambridge A Level DUX with an average of 82,13.  On the IEB Curriculum, Timothy Sharrock outshone the girls to take the IEB DUX Award with an average of 86%, and eight subject distinctions, pipping IEB Proxime Accessit Brooklyn Milne whose final average was 85%.  Sharrock scored 96,2% for Advanced Programme Mathematics, 94,3% for Life Orientation, 92% for Mathematics and 84% for Life Sciences.  With these outstanding results, he was also awarded the Outstanding Achiever Award.    Six students were awarded Academic School Honours for an average above 80%.   

In addition to celebrating the excellence in academics, excellence in sport and culture was also recognised.  Austin Byrne was named the Sportsman of the Year and Mika O’Meara was awarded the Sportswoman of the Year.  While Ashton’s sport has grown in leaps and bounds, cultural activities have not taken a back seat, and Reeson Pillay  was awarded  the Monique Venter Trophy for contributing towards the continuous growth of Culture at the school, and he will be remembered as the Lion in Wizard of Oz and the Genie in the 2018 production of Aladdin.    The Good-fellowship award, as voted for by the Matric students for  matric student who was a role model to his peers and being a leader, and always upheld Ashton’s name,  was awarded to Braden Plekker.  The All Souls’ Award for consistent service to the School, in the classroom and in all other areas of school life was shared between Shannon Oellermann and Austin Byrne.   Sihle Mholongo and Ryan Gregory were awarded the “Leader Without a Title” trophies nominated by the Head Prefects to two students who were not part of the prefect body, but supported the group and showed great leadership.

 Below is the full list of prizewinners.

“We were extremely excited this year, as four of our students were recipients of bursaries for tertiary study, and we believe these students will make us proud as they start the next leg of their journey,” said Mrs van Buuren.  Our sincere appreciation to General Energy for two 100% scholarships which  were awarded to Tyler Naidoo, who will be studying Mechatronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University, and Noluthando Dlamini who has been accepted to study Musical Theatre.  The two recipient of the 50% scholarships to Varsity College were awarded to Joanie Cassidy, who will be studying a BEd, and Christopher Horlock, who will be studying B.Com.

Ashton International College offers students the Best of Both Worlds, with the Cambridge International Examinations and the Independent Education Board Examinations curricula being offered on the campus.  The results of the IEB Matric examinations will be released on 3 January 2019, and the Cambridge results are expected on 10 January 2019.

SHANNON PROCTOR TROPHY

Awarded to the Matric Student who throughout his/her Matric year continued to be committed and dedicated to sport, sport practices and participation – Shared Shannon Oellermann and Mika O’Meara

MATTHEW KENSETT AWARD FOR MUSIC

Awarded to the student who has made a significant contribution to Music - Nathalie Franck

DIANNE STEWART AWARD FOR CREATIVE WRITING IN FORM 5:

This is awarded to the student in Form 5 who has achieved the highest mark in the creative writing component of their writing portfolio. This evening this award is shared between - Anna Muil and Shannon Simmonds

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:

This award is presented to a Matric student who has performed exceptionally well in the following subjects (Highest percentage in Advanced Programme Mathematics, Physical Science) - Timothy Sharrock

ALL SOUL’S PARISH AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE:

This award is presented to the student in Form 5 who has shown consistent service to Ashton College, both in the classroom, on the sports field and in all other areas of school life. A true ambassador to Ashton -  Shared Shannon Oellermann and Austin Byrne

DENEIL HABIG TROPHY FOR MORALITY, ETHICS AND DIGNITY:

This trophy is awarded to a student who has displayed impeccable morals, maintained their dignity and upheld their ethics throughout their Senior College life. A student who is courteous at all times and treats all those around them with dignity and respect. The award is voted for by the staff and not necessarily awarded if there is not an outstanding role model. This year, however there is a worthy recipient  - Courtney Koopmans

LEWES OLD GRAMMAR SCHOOL AWARD FOR SERVICE

This is an award presented to the Form 5 student who has made a significant contribution to the community. They have upheld the name of the school and performed all duties with dignity and respect - Jenna Murison

NADIA HABIG AWARD FOR EMPATHY AND RESPONSIBILITY

Awarded to a student who displays a strong awareness of his/her fellow beings and the needs of others.  This student must also be responsible and able to handle his/her own life well - Shannon Simmonds

ANGELIQUE DE AGRELA PROSPECT AWARD

Awarded to the student who has displayed Heart, Spirit, Character and Courage – Shared Paige McCallum and Reeson Pillay

GOOD FELLOWSHIP AWARD:

This award was voted for by the students of Form 5. It is presented to the student who has been a good role model to his/her peers by being a leader, has served the Ashton community well; and has always upheld the name of our school. The Matrics of 2018 have voted for Braden Plekker

BENJAMIN HABIG COLLEGE HONOURS AWARD

This nomination will be made by the Marketing Manager and voted for by the CEO, Managing Director, Senior College Head and Deputy Head of the Senior College.  Awarded to the Matric Student who, throughout his/her Matric year has brought honour to the school.  The student’s behaviour, demeanour, dress,  representation and participation in all aspects of school life,  and commitment has been of immeasurable value in marketing the school and highlighting all that Ashton stands for - Briony Blevin

JJ BOTHA GOLDEN EAGLE AWARD

This award is presented to a member of the outgoing prefect body who encompasses the following characteristics:

The VISION to see the current decisions impact the future

FEARLESS is staying true to their morals and values

TENACIOUS in rising above the storms that they may face and reaching greater heights

And has added value to and nurtured the younger generation - Nathalie Franck

SENIOR COLLEGE HEAD’S AWARD

This is awarded by the Head of Ashton International College for outstanding leadership in the school - Briony Blevin and Austin Byrne.