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27 December, 2002


Senior Certificate Examination 2002:

Ministerial Awards for Meritorious Academic Performance

In 2002, the WCED recognises schools that have achieved outstanding results in two categories:

  • excellence in academic results and
  • improvement in senior certificate results.

In both categories of awards, consistency of performance while maintaining or increasing Grade 12 enrolment levels have been taken into consideration when identifying recipients. In order to provide statistically relevant comparisons, only schools which have maintained a minimum Grade 12 enrolment of 20 or more full time learners in each of the years under review have been included.

In addition, the WCED recognises special Superintendent-General Awards for highly meritorious performance in a category not mentioned above.

Category 1:  Academic Excellence

In the category of academic excellence we have two sub-categories: excellence in academic achievement on a set of given criteria and academic achievement in the context in which schools operate.

Category 1a: Excellence on set of given criteria

The first awards go to all schools in the province which have achieved Excellence in Academic results over the three years 2000 to 2002 on a set of given criteria. These criteria are

In each of the relevant years schools have achieved the following:

  • an overall pass rate of at least 95% AND
  • a matriculation endorsement rate in excess of 70% AND
  • a merit pass rate of at least 60%).

The schools which earn this award are, in alphabetical order:

Bloemhof Meisies HoŽrskool
Convent of the Holy Rosary, Springfield
Deutsche Schule Kapstad
Diocesan College
Fairbairn College
Herschel School
Herzlia High School
HoŽrskool D F Malan
HoŽr Meisieskool La Rochelle
HoŽr Meisieskool Paarl
Paul Roos Gimnasium
Rhenish Girls' High School
Rondebosch Boys' High School
Rustenburg Girls' High School
St Cyprianís School
SA College High School
Westerford High School
Wynberg Boysí High School
Wynberg Girlsí High School
York High School

Category 1b: Excellence of outcomes within the context in which the school operates

In this category awards are made to ten schools where the academic performance over the three years 2000 to 2002 illustrates consistently meritorious outcomes relative to the contexts within which the respective schools operate.

It is obvious in a country like South Africa that schools operate in different contexts and with extremely different resource bases. When learners from these very different situations write the same examinations Ė the Senior Certificate exams - we are clearly not comparing apples with apples.

In this situation the concept of added value or the extent to which schools add value to the life chances of learners is now widely recognised.

For this reason we are pleased to announce the names of ten schools which have added value or achieved Excellence in Academic Outcomes over the past three years in the contexts in which they operate.

The schools which earn this award are, in alphabetical order, the following:

BreŽrivier SekondÍre Skool
Dysselsdorp SekondÍre
Elsiesrivier Secondary School
HoŽrskool Hermanus
HoŽrskool Montagu
HoŽrskool Oudtshoorn
HoŽrskool Swellendam
Kayamandi Secondary School
Masiyile Senior Secondary School
Rocklands Secondary School

Category 2:  Improvement in results

In the second category of schools we celebrate improvement in the senior certificate results over three years. Again there are two sub-categories.

Category 2a: Improvement in Matriculation Endorsement rate

Awards are made to those TEN schools where the matriculation endorsement rate has consistently shown the greatest improvement over the three year period 2000 to 2002, while enrolment levels of full time learners in Grade 12 was maintained or increased.

The schools which earn this award are, in alphabetical order, the following:

Belgravia Secondary School
Bridgton SekondÍre Skool
Edgemead High School
Good Hope Seminary
Harold Cressy High School
HoŽrskool Outeniqua
HoŽrskool Vredendal
Islamia College
Norman Henshilwood High School
Rylands High School

Category 2b:  Improvement in Senior Certificate pass rate

In the second improvement category we acknowledge improvement in the Senior Certificate pass rate. Awards are made to those TEN schools where the Senior Certificate pass rate has consistently shown the greatest improvement over the three year period 2000 to 2002 while maintaining or increasing enrolment levels of full-time learners in Grade 12.

The schools which earn this award are, in alphabetical order, the following:

Bella Vista Secondary School
Desmond Mpilo Tutu Secondary School
Forest Heights High School
Heideveld Secondary School
Kwamfundo Secondary School
Maitland Secondary School
Modderdam Secondary School
New Orleans SekondÍre Skool
Oval North Secondary School
St Joseph's College


Category 3:  Special Superintendent-General Awards for highly meritorious performance in a category not mentioned above:


Tafelberg High School

This is a school which caters exclusively for learning disabled children, yet in 2002 it has for the first time in the period under review had candidates who have achieved the Senior Certificate with matriculation endorsement.


Masakheke Combined School

This small rural school, though situated in a depressed area, has increased its pass rate in the Senior Certificate Examinations by 28% during the period under review.


Special mention:

Schools are entitled to win only one award on the strength of their 2002 senior certificate results. It is particularly noteworthy, however, that among the award winning schools there are twelve which achieved the relevant criteria in more than one category. They are:

Belgravia Secondary School
Bridgton SekondÍre Skool
Harold Cressy High School
Heideveld Secondary School
Kwamfundo Secondary School
HoŽrskool Montagu
New Orleans SekondÍre Skool
HoŽrskool Outeniqua
HoŽrskool Oudtshoorn
Paul Roos Gimnasium
Rondebosch Boys' High School
Rustenburg Girls' High School




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The Communications Directorate
Western Cape Education Department
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Cape Town 8000
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