The class of 2017 produced very pleasing results. 158 candidates sat for the examination of which 137 passed while 4 candidates’ results were incomplete.
The pass rate was 89% and 57% of the candidates met the required standard for higher education.
Stefanie Lilje, Bradley Formo and Jürgen Paul obtain 7 A’s while Adjo Minlah had 6 A’s. Rudolf Beneke with 5 A’s and Jessica Roberts and Nondumiso Mngomezulu with 4 A’s were the other top achievers. Stefanie Lilje was the top achiever and Dux learner for 2017 with an aggregate of 89%. 8 learners achieved an A aggregate, 11 B’s and 36 C’s. There were 138 A symbols, 139 B’s, 187 C’s and 224 D’s amongst the various subjects.
Ons verwelkom die volgende personeellede tot die VHS familie: Me Simoné Marais, Me Leoné Smit, Me Zile Dlamini en Mnr Lian Maritz. Chantené Oosthuizen en Carlé Davel sluit by ons aan as onderwysers-in-opleiding.
We want to especially welcome the class of 2022 and know that they will enjoy their journey with the VHS family.
It is almost the end of the term and the start of the holidays and we here at VHS are working furiously behind the scenes to make sure that everything continues to run smoothly at the school.
We would like to encourage our learners to, in the words of Electric Light Orchestra, ‘hold on tight to your dreams,’ in an effort to motivate you through this last stretch of the exams.
This term has been jam packed with sport, fun and hard work. We have had some challenges and we have faced them head-on and hopefully, grown from them into better sportsmen and –women, better students and most of all stronger, more well-rounded people. We would like to thank every parent who motivated their children to work hard and do their best, every coach and teacher who nurtures our learners into future leaders, athletes and front-runners of their fields.
Some front-runners and provincial achievers that we would like to congratulate are:
Keegan Meier for being selected for the u/18 KZN Country District rugby side. We wish him an injury free tour in the coming holiday.
We also congratulate, Kyle Meier and Joshua Stoltenkamp who were both selected to play for the NKZN, u/15 cricket team.
And lastly, we are very proud of Connor High, Rudolph Benecke and Keegan Meyer, who were also selected to represent the u/19 NKZN cricket team.
The teachers and administration staff, amongst all the marking, was in desperate need of some motivation and team building. The male members of staff all piled into the school bus and had their teambuilding weekend last weekend. The female members of staff had their teambuilding in the form of a drumming session, this past Saturday. The session was a fun way to get rid of some anxiety and frustration, but also encourages the participants to listen to the person next to them and work together to create beautiful music. What a valuable lesson this was for our staff members; that we can create beautiful things even if we all dance to the beat of our drum. Thank you to the Science department for organising the event.
We wish all our learners a safe and relaxing holiday. We look forward to welcoming you back in the third term, a little older, a little wiser and much more relaxed.
Holiday quote: Holidays are about experiences and people, and tuning into what you feel like doing at that moment. Enjoy not having to look at a watch. – Evelyn Glennie
Ons verwelkom alle personeel en ŉ spesiale welkom aan die nuwe personeel Me Martens (ENG), Mnr van Rhyn (ENG), Me Caluza (CATN) en Me Oberholzer (LFSC). May your experiences at VHS be a good learning process and very rewarding.
NSC results of 2016
151 Candidates wrote the NSC examinations – 96% pass rate. A total of 160 subject distinctions were obtained with the following subjects achieving an average of 60% or more: ACCN, ENGFA, GRMSA, GRDS, ZULFA, TRSM and LIFE. 54%, 65 of the learners passed with the necessary requirement for admission to a Bachelor’s degree.
Our Dux student for 2016 is Karl Hellberg. His 9 A’s: ENGHL 91%, AFRA 94%, MATH 98%, LIFE 89%, ACCN 100%, GRDS 96%, PHSC 98%, GRMSA 96% and ADD MATHS 96% placed him 3rd in KZN. Karl had a 96.1% average. Tobias Niebuhr was placed 4th in KZN achieving 8 A’s and with an average of 94.6%. Misisi Mbatha, Manqoba Mtimkhulu and Nontsikelelo Nkosi obtained 6 A’s, Mark Dedekind 5A’s, Zemvelo Ndaba, Simangaliso Ngobese and Ndumiso Ngwera 4A’s were the other top achievers. 11 Learners achieved 3 A’s.
Educators with a 100% pass rate in one or more of their subjects were: Me Mentz, Me Stapelberg, Me Nieuwenhuizen, Me Magwaza, Me Mhlungu, Me Venter, Me Janse van Rensburg, Me Klynsmith, Me Feather, Me Cronje, Me Kohlmeyer, Me Coetzee, Mnr van Wyk, Mnr Scholtz, Mnr van den Heever, Me Tschirpig, and Me van Tonder.
24 Jan Interhouse Gala
25 Jan Interhouse Atletiek
26 Jan Fruit Festival
VHS is mourning the loss of another staff member. Mr Hendrik Swart started as grounds man here at VHS in April 2007.
In the nine years he worked here, he crept into many hearts with his positive, jovial attitude and always-ready smile. This gentle giant with a heart of gold always tried his best, no matter how difficult or plentiful the tasks he was assigned, He was a very devoted father and his pride and joy was his daughter,
Hy was ‘n toegewyde familie man wat sy tyd en aandag getrou aan sy vriende en familie bestee het. Hy was ‘n regte grapjas vol streke, stories en manewales. Sy sin vir humor sal oral gemis word, veral by die mannekampe.
His raucous laughter will be missed on the grounds and corridors of Vryheid High. Our sincere condolences to his family.
Rest in peace, Hamba gahle, till we meet again.
Mr R Grobler will also leave us at the end of 2016. We would like to thank him for the contribution he made to VHS and wish him all the best for the future..
The 2016 school magazine will be available this week and paging through this magazine, the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm of the staff of Vryheid High will become clear. They are instrumental in providing society with well-adapted and worthy citizens who can sustain themselves in any environment. Our sincere thanks to all the staff here who contribute to the overall success of our school.
This incident is just another sad reminder that every day we are blessed with is precious and we should make the most of every single day. So in this spirit we urge you to enjoy every day of the coming holiday and do the best with every day. May your Xmas be joyful and blessed. Mag 2017 vir ons almal ‘n jaar van opwinding wees wat besaai is met seëninge en suksesse!
Diary: Gr. 12 NSC Exam 24 October – 25 November
We begin this new term with great sadness as one of our educators Mrs P Schulte passed away during the holidays on 8 July 2016. During her 40 year career at this school many generations passed through her hands. Our condolences to all her family and friends. We offer you this comfort: the footprints she left in many learners, colleagues and community members’ hearts can never be erased and so her legacy will live on.
On this ‘Mandela Day’ we also have new beginnings as new staff join the VHS team. Welcome to Mrs I van der Walt and Miss F Rawat in the Maths department and Mr C van Rhyn (student-teacher) in the English department. May your stay at VHS be a happy, fulfilling experience. At the end of last term Mrs K Bennie and Mrs I Venter left and we wish them well for their futures elsewhere.
It is going to be a very busy term and we remind the matriculants that the trial examinations begin on 5 September, so they should let their focus be on preparing well for these examinations.
To all educators, staff and learners of VHS welcome back and make the most of this term. In Mandela’s words: “Let your choices reflect your dreams and not your fears!”
25 July – Blood Donating
29 July – Matric Farewell
2 Aug – Parents Evening