VAALWATER — The ten matric learners of Waterberg Academy wrote the rigorous IEB (International Examination Board) exams. As with the Department of Basic Education National Senior Certificate, the IEB results were certified by UMALUSI.
The Academy’s Grade 12 class recorded 100% passes with a 90% BD rate. Leading the group was Head Girl, Lucy Calcott, with seven distinctions, six of these between 90% and 100%. Lucy’s marks were: English HL- 92%; Afrikaans FAL – 92%; Mathematics – 94%; Life Orientation – 98%; Life Sciences – 93%; Physical Sciences – 89% and History – 95%.
Lucy, who has attended Waterberg Academy since her pre-school years, was also listed among the 61 IEB matriculants on the Outstanding Achievement list for getting six subjects in the top 5% category (with Life Orientation above 80%). In addition, Lucy also had five subjects among the top 1% in the country.
Lucy’s father is a well-known physicist and astronomer, Dr Phillip Calcott, and her mother, Juliet, teaches English and History at Waterberg Academy. Lucy’s older sister, Rachel, garnered similar results in 2016 and is currently a student at Yale University in the USA. When questioned about the superior performance of her daughters, Juliet modestly replied, “Don’t blame me, they take after their father.”
When asked about her plans for the future, Lucy said that she would first be taking a gap year and then worrying about the choice of study institution. Headmaster, Mark Godfrey, said he believed that any university in the world would be lucky to admit Lucy to its halls – ivy covered or otherwise.
Nadja Nortje was not to be outdone and she garnered six distinctions. Nadja has been accepted into the Wits Medical School where she will begin her studies in a few days. Earlier in the year Nadja was awarded her Junior Protea colours in archery and shot for South Africa at the World Championships in Calgary in Canada. This did not get in the way of her studies, however. Her parents, Delmar and Sandra Nortje, are justly proud of their high flying daughter.
Three of the other matriculants from Waterberg Academy each got one distinction, bringing the total to 16 among 10 learners – quite a feat for such a small school.
Godfrey was proud to point out that Lucy Calcott’s achievements placed this small school among the top 41 IEB schools in the country (those listed in the Outstanding Achievement list).