After the 2019 matric results were released it was announced that the Western Cape Education Department had produced the fourth highest matric provincial results in the country with the Northern Cape in third, Gauteng in second and the Free State in first.

Together with Metro North, the Overberg District was ranked as the top performing district in the province.

While the Western Province was not in the top three, it is still reassuring to note that the Western Cape Education Department continues to have the highest retention rate in the country. The retention rate is measured by the number of matric pupils in 2019 who passed their matric exams compared to the number of pupils who were in Grade 10 in 2017. It is wonderful to know that the Western Cape Education Department and the Overberg District remain top performing educational organisations in the country.

On Saturday 17 January, the Overberg Education District held its annual awards ceremony for the matric results of 2019. The award for excellence is given to one school in the district that produced the highest number of pupils passing the subject in 2019. The award for improvement is given to one school in the district that showed the greatest increase in number of pupils passing the subject in 2019, compared to their performance in 2018.

There are ten subjects identified for the awards, namely Mathematics, Physical Science, Engineering Graphics and Design, Life Science, Geography, Accounting, Information Technology, Computer Application Technology, English Home Language and Afrikaans Home Language. Hermanus High School was presented with the following awards for excellence and improvement in these individual subjects:

Two Hermanus High students grabbed spots in the Top 10 Matric candidates in the Overberg District:

  • 3rd position – Yadine de Kock (91.6%)
  • 5th position – Denise Gerrits (91.3%)

The following pupils were also the top performing pupils in the Overberg District in the following subjects:

  • English Home Language – Olivia Möller and Rachel Peyrot (90%)
  • Afrikaans Home Language – Yadine de Kock (93%)
  • Life Sciences – Mikayla Martinengo (96%)
  • History – Olivia Möller (98%)
  • Information Technology – Rico Roos (83%)

Furthermore, Hermanus High was also given an award for Excellence in Academic Performance for schools with technical subjects.

Earnestine Vanzeeberg (who had an average 78.3%) was also given an award for a matric candidate who excelled despite challenging circumstances.

Awards were also made to the top performing pupils in the school in the following subjects:

  • Mathematics – Denise Gerrits (91%)
  • Physical Sciences – Denise Gerrits (93%)
  • Engineering Graphics and Design (EGD) – Denise Gerrits (92%)
  • English Home Language – Rachel Peyrot and Olivia Möller (90%)
  • Geography – Olivia Möller (86%)
  • Consumer Studies – Rachael Peyrot (79%)
  • Afrikaans Home Language – Yadine de Kock (93%)
  • Accounting – Yadine de Kock (91%)
  • Life Sciences – Mikayla Martinengo (96%)
  • Information Technology – Rico Roos (83%)
  • Computer Applications Technology – Cayden Roets (86%)
  • Business Studies – Sarah Mbongo (83%)
  • Mathematical Literacy – Jasmine Cowley (91%)
  • Tourism – Micole Lucas (91%)

These awards once again highlight the exceptional quality of teachers and education offered at Hermanus High School. Hermanus High School would like to congratulate the above mentioned pupils as well as the entire Matric Class of 2019 on their outstanding results. These results continue to ensure that Hermanus High School remains an institution of academic excellence and a flag ship school in the district, province and country.

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