Brilliant IEB Results for Ashton’s 2017 Matrics


“I am so incredibly proud of the 2017 group of matric students who produced a brilliant set of results in the challenging IEB final examinations cementing  Ashton’s Academic record with another 100% pass rate with a 96,8% Bachelor Degree (University Exemption), an increase of 3,85% on 2016,” said Mrs Jenny van Buuren.  “As Senior College Head for the first year, these students have made me realise why teaching was always my passion. 

63 students wrote the IEB finals with 61 passing with a Bachelor Degree and two with a Diplomas Pass, which still qualifies them to study at a tertiary institution,” she added.   2017 DUX and Head Girl Eloise Wilton emerged as the top achiever, clinching nine distinctions – eight above 90% with AP Mathematics scoring 89%.  Eloise scored 97% for Accounting*, 97% Mathematics*, 96% for Afrikaans*, 92% for History, 94% for Physical Sciences*, 93% for Business Studies*, 92% for English* and 90% for Life Orientation, giving her an aggregate of 94,1%.  “These incredible results placed Eloise in the top1% Nationally in seven of her nine subjects and in the top 0,46% of all results on the Outstanding Achievement List – and this is certainly the highlight in the young history of this school. 

Alongside Eloise we had five other students placed in the top 1% of some of their subjects. Five students achieved 7 distinctions each, and four students clinched 6 distinctions each.  Our top 10 students can be very proud of their outstanding achievement with 68 distinctions between them. Nadine Buitendach, with 7 distinctions pipped Isabella Kristensen into 2nd position with an aggregate of 90,9%, and scored in the top 1% Nationally for Afrikaans*, with Isabella scoring an aggregate of 90,6% - 7 distinctions and in the to 1% Nationally for English* and Life Sciences*, rocketing them onto the Highly Commendable list of National Results, placing the top three into the 90% plus category for their overall aggregate. Sabrina Loubser placed 4th with 6 distinctions and an aggregate of 89,9% and also stamped her name into the IEB statistics by scoring in the top 1% Nationally in Accounting*, English*, and Life Orientation*, and Proxime Accessit Chezney Swartz rounded off the top five with 87,33%, and achieving 7 distinctions.  Rebecca van Besouw with five distinctions was 6th overall with an average of 85,4% and two subjects in the top 1% Nationally for English* and Mathematical Literacy*.  Gerhard van der Merwe clinched 7 distinctions to sneak into 7th overall with an aggregate of 85,3% ahead of Simeon van der Merwe, also achieving 7 distincions with an aggregate of 84,6%.  Completing the top ten was Head Boy, JJ Botha in 9th place with 6 distinctions and Kelly Fagg in 10th  position also with 6 distinctionsAlthough Ashleigh Russell clinched 4 distinctions her Life Sciences* was also among the top 1% in the country.

“The 63 students who wrote the exam achieved 155 distinctions between them – an average of 2.46 distinctions per candidate.  Over and above the results mentioned above, Priyanka Maharaj is also to be congratulated on achieving 6 distinctions.  Two students achieved 5 distinctions, with four distinctions being achieved by seven students, and eight students clinching 3 distinctions,” said Mrs van Buuren.  116 B symbols and 100 C symbols reflected the depth of our excellence.  These figures equate to 58,73% of our students achieving an aggregate above 70%, with seventeen candidates scoring A aggregates.  82,9% of all subject results were above 60%.

“Ashton’s continuous goal to strive for Excellence, was well rewarded in all our major subjects with students achieving in the top 1% Nationally in ten different subjects, namely Accounting, Afrikaans, Business Studies, English, History, Life Orientation Life Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy and Physical Sciences.  Congratulations on these wonderful results, of which we are extremely excited to celebrate today.  It was through your hard work, discipline and dedication that you have made yourselves, your families and your teachers proud,” said Mrs van Buuren at the announcement of the results to the parents and students.

For an eight year old school, these results are absolutely astonishing. A total of 11464 full time and 666 part-time candidates wrote this year’s Independent Examinations Board final examinations, recording a 98,76% pass rate.

“We are extremely delighted that the excellence that we have collectively strived for extends to all the subjects that we offer, with wonderful achievements being recorded. Our highly qualified and incredibly professional and dedicated teachers have empowered our students to reach their full potential, and for this we are incredibly grateful and we salute and congratulate each and every one of them,” said Mr Erasmus, Managing Director of Ashton International Colleges. “We look forward to the results of our matric students who wrote the Cambridge Assessment International Examinations which will be released on 10 January,” he added.

“I believe that the weekly support lessons and commitment of our staff giving selflessly of their time during holidays and weekends, resulted in the phenomenal improvement on their trial and year marks.  Throughout the year a tremendous amount of emphasis was placed on working together with our students, strategizing and teaching them to focus on improving every mark.  Emotional support was provided to build up their self-confidence, and to believe in themselves,” said Mrs Van Buuren.

“I would like to point out  an extract from the Press Release from Anne Oberholzer, CEO of the IEB “Possibly the most important development is a recognition that knowledge, skills and abilities nurtured in a traditional educational pathway and at traditional mass institutions are not the only route to success.  As Einstein explained  ‘If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’  So students go out there and make use of your unique ability,” said Mrs van Buuren. 

“Many of the above results, could not have been possible without the support of the parents, and we are very appreciative of all the parents who walked hand in hand with Ashton in this final part of their children’s journey.”

"It is Ashton’s policy to strive for excellence and we are confident that our students are well prepared and ready for the next step in life,” concluded an elated Mrs van Buuren.

ASHTON INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE, BALLITO TOP STUDENTS
Eloise Wilton – 2017 DUX and Top Achiever (94,1%)

9 Subjects with 9 Distinctions (Top 1% Nationally in seven subjects) and Outstanding Achievement List

English Home Language (92%), Afrikaans 1st Additional Language (96%),  Mathematics (97%); Advanced Programme Mathematics (89%),  Accounting (96%);  History 92%), Business Studies (93%),  Physical Sciences (94%) and Life Orientation (90%) 

2018 Eloise has been accepted to study a Bachelor of Business Science specialising in Finance and Accounting at the University of Cape Town


 
Nadine Buitendach  - 2nd   (90,9%)

7 Subjects with 7 distinctions (Top 1% Nationally in Afrikaans & Commendable List)

English Home Language (82%), Afrikaans 1st Additional Language (96%), Mathematics (93%), Physical Sciences (92%), Accounting (95%), Accounting (95%), and Life Orientation (90%)

2018 Nadine has been accepted to study a Bachelor of Business Science Degree at the University of Cape Town


 
Isabella Kristensen – 3rd  (90,6%)

8 Subjects with 7 distinctions (Top 1% Nationally in English and Life Sciences and Commendable List)

English Home Language (89%), French Second Additional Language (90%), Mathematics (94%), Physical Sciences (89%), Geography (90%), Advanced Programme Mathematics (77%),   Life Orientation (89%) and Life Sciences  (92%)

2018 Isabella has been accepted to study a BSC Chemical Engineer Degree at the University of Stellenbosch


 
Sabrina Loubser – 4th  (89,7%)

8 Subjects with 6 distinctions (Top 1% Nationally in Accounting, English and Life Orientation)

English Home Language (94%), Afrikaans First Additional Language (87%), Mathematics (79%), Music (90%), History (79%), Accounting (97%), Business Studies (88%) and Life Orientation (93%)


 
Chezney Swartz – Proxime Accessit – 5th (87,9%)

7 Subjects with 7 distinctions

English Home Language (83%), Afrikaans 1st Additional Language (87%), Mathematics (91%), Visual Arts (80%), Physical Sciences (90%), Accounting (95%) and Life Orientation (91%)

2018 Chezney has been accepted to study a Business Science Degree at the University of Cape Town


 
Rebecca van Besouw – 6th (85,4%)

7 Subjects with 5 distinctions (Top 1% Nationally in English and Mathematical Literacy)

English 90%, History 86%, Life Orientation 82%, Mathematical Literacy 98%, Music 88%

Rebecca has been accepted for a BA with triple major in English, Film Studies and Media Writing at the University of Cape Town for 2018.


 
Gerhard van der Merwe – 7th (85,3%)

7 Subjects with 7 distinctions

English Home Language (83%), Afrikaans 1st Additional Language (91%), Mathematical Literacy (84%), Business Studies (86%), History (87%), Life Sciences (80%) and Life Orientation (86%)

2018 Gerhard has been accepted to study an LLB degree at the University of Pretoria


 
Simeon van der Merwe – 8th (84,6%)

8 Subjects with  7 distinctions

English Home Language (80%), Afrikaans 1st Additional Language (82%), Mathemataics (86%), Physical Science (89%), Business Studies (88%), Life Sciences (88%), Advanced Programme Mathematics (80%) and Life Orientation (79%)

2018  Simeon has been accepted to study at the University of Witwatersrand  - BSc/Dental Surgeon


 
JJ Botha  - 9th (83,1%)

7 Subjects – 6 distinctions

English Home Language (76%), Afrikaans 1st Additional Language (92%), Mathematics (81%), Business Studies (80%), Accounting (89%), History (81%) and Life Orientation (91%)           

2018 JJ has been accepted at the University of Stellenbosch to study BCom Law


 
Kelly Fagg  - 10th (83,3%)

7 Subjects – 6 distinctions

English Home Language (84%), Afrikaans 1st Additional Language (77%), Accounting (91%), Mathematics (80%), Geography (90%), Accounting (91%)  and Life Orientation (83%)

2018  Kelly will be studying  a BAcc degree at the University of Stellenbosch

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