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29 December 2016


Bishop Bavin School is very proud of our 37 Matric candidates – the Class of 2016 – on their outstanding results. They achieved a pass rate of 97,3% this year, which is almost identical to the IEB national average. 95% of the Class of 2016 have gained access to tertiary studies. Overall our candidates have performed well, earning 18 distinctions and 50 Bs (70-79%). 

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our top achievers on their outstanding results:

  • Shirley Mutemba 1 A & 4 Bs       Average 74.1%
  • Raymond Wenyika 3 As & 3 Bs     Average 72.9%
  • Rose Shabangu 2 As & 2 Bs     Average 72.6%
  • Ndidi Chukwuka 3 As & 2 Bs     Average 71.7%    
    Ayanda Drew obtained 2 distinctions and a further seven learners obtained 1 each. Congratulations!


Anne Oberholzer, CEO of the IEB, says “The IEB is proud of the achievements of the Class of 2016. With a commitment to hard work over 12 years of schooling, supported by a dedicated cohort of teachers and parents, these learners have achieved the first major milestone in their learning careers. There is also a clear realisation among IEB learners, their parents and their teachers that having the knowledge and understanding that lies behind the results on the certificate is far more important and meaningful for success after one’s schooling. To have a certificate with good results, but not the substance of learning required for success, simply means facing failure at the next step of your learning career.”

I am confident that the learners we send out from Bishop Bavin School go with more than just an academic education, but that they are rightly trained in body, mind and character to serve society. For us, the education of the whole person is critical, and the Class of 2016 go into the wider world with a deeper understanding of, and empathy for, the world in which they live.

Anne Oberholzer reinforces the importance of this aspect to good, independent, values-based schooling when she states “The diversity in our society demands from us an acute understanding of humanity and tolerance of difference. The socialisation role of schooling is increasingly as important to the success of our fledgling democracy, as the development of academic skills and knowledge. The social and emotional skills required from our young people have been added to the list of characteristics needed for success such as conscientiousness, persistence, prioritisation and time management. The challenges of our daily lives require more than intelligence and hard work – we need people with humanity, empathy and maturity, who are confident and assertive, but most importantly ethical and generous in spirit,”

I am sure you will join me in expressing our congratulations to all the staff, learners and their parents for their hard work and dedication; we are very proud of you!

Yours sincerely

Alistair Dry
Executive Head