30 December 2016

Dear Cedar House community

IEB GRADES 6, 9 and 12 EXAMINATION RESULTS

A School’s “results” are a tricky thing. They hold so much power and influence Schools’ reputations in significant ways and, yet, we remain convinced that they are no more than a fraction of what constitutes the definition of a remarkable School.

A School that is honestly committed to being good is focused on trying to make this possible:

  • Some lightness of being in the context of a fractured and dangerous world (what a recent Mail and Guardian described in the following way: “In an age of egoism, demagoguery and hate, love is an act of revolution. But for us to love, we must learn again to hope”)
  • The ability to see and find beauty amidst ugliness, meanness and suffering
  • Care about something much bigger than our own individual needs and ambitions
  • The understanding that relationships are all
  • Laughter
  • A desire to engage carefully, maturely and wisely with South Africa and a broad range of socio-political imperatives
  • Justin Cartwright’s novel, To Heaven By Water, argues that “life, it turns out, is a process of wising up…it is not a solid, practical thing to be endured, but something that should transport you”

Cedar House is deeply committed to the attempt to instil something of the above in our students and it is these “results” that we hope the world will see in our students as they become adults. When we succeed in this way, we can call ourselves a good School because these are the results that matter, that allow us to be loved and that make us employable.

I always feel uncomfortable about how Schools crow about their top achievers; often, “top achievers” are those who have simply passed, who made it through the Matric process (which is gruelling), who became bigger people, who developed a stronger relationship with the process of learning, who possibly overcame learning barriers and secured an IEB Matric. And so I hope that the crowing now is seen in the context of equally big achievements on the part of a broad range of our students who have done themselves proud. Our Matrics secured a 100% pass rate, they fronted up to the rigorous and exacting demands of the IEB system (which we continue to feel very proud of being aligned to because it does strengthen students’ future choices and capacities) and they performed strongly, in many, many areas.

Hard work obviously goes a long way. What makes an equally powerful impact is the nature of the teacher who is leading and guiding the student’s learning process. Our teachers’ commitment to strong relationships with our students has played a key role in making these results possible (and all the other “results” this letter refers to). Engaged learners learn and engagement only happens via relationships and personal effort from teachers; Cedar House teachers deserve high commendations from all of us.

GRADE 6 and 9 IEB CORE SKILLS TEST RESULTS

Grade 6s and 9s from across the country write this annual test; the sample is thousands of Grade 6s and 9s from hundreds of IEB schools. It is a very high performing sample and so an achievement within this sample is strong evidence of academic capacity and quality.

Cedar House’s Grade 6 sample outperformed the IEB’s national averages on every level. 14, 81% of Cedar House’s Grade 6s, for example, achieved in the “Outstanding” and “Exceptional” categories while the IEB average for these categories stood at 6,08%.

The following Grade 6 students achieved at an extremely high level and their percentile achievement (in relation to the national sample) is included next to their names:

Jasmina Dave 77th percentile

Maya Barrett 78th percentile

Tyra Parring 81st percentile

Matthew Rauscher 83rd percentile

James Cawood 85th percentile

Aedan Williams 85th percentile

Oluwakemi Olaloye 90th percentile

Byron Clarke 93rd percentile

Georgiana Froud 99,4th percentile

Ella Phillips 99,7th percentile

The Grade 9s’ results are resulted as a group, not individually, and they also did themselves very proud. There were 16 questions and, in 14, Cedar House Grade 9s achieved above the IEB national average.

  IEB EXEMPLARY%      CH EXEMPLARY%

DEVELOPING AN ARGUMENT 23,2 30,2

PROBLEM SOLVING 13,6 33,3

SOCIAL AWARENESS 46,3 76,2

EXPOUNDING A VIEWPOINT 46,8 74,6

CRITICAL THINKING 20,4 39,7

INTERPRETATION OF DATA 75,6 81

GRADE 12 FINAL IEB RESULTS

The class of 2016 achieved great heights, all passed and should feel very, very proud of themselves. 83% of the class achieved Bachelor’s Degree passes, the highest proportion in the School’s history.

In all examinations written in all subjects:  22% of symbols obtained were A’s and 25% were B’s, which implies that in almost half of all examinations, our students are obtaining A’s or B’s.

Individual students who excelled:

8 As: Dominique James

7 As: Cyla Jones, Sarah Rumboll

6 As: Neo Mbabama, Daniella Moore, Lucas Nowicki, Jonah Swain, Nicole Thiel

5 As: Karen le Roux, Olivia Welte

Particular subject achievements:

A median symbol: Advanced Programme English, Dramatic Arts, Mathematical Literacy

B median symbol: English, History, Life Orientation, Physical Sciences, Visual Arts

  • Advanced Programme English is benchmarked as an A-level equivalent subject; 8 out of the 10 students who entered this examination achieved distinctions (Sarah Rumboll achieved 93% and was placed in the top 1% of candidates who entered this subject).
  • 32% of Cedar House candidates achieved As or Bs for Business Studies (Dominique James achieved 91% and was placed in the top 1% of candidates who entered this subject)
  • 25% of Cedar House candidates achieved As or Bs for Computer Applications Technology (Jonah Swain achieved 88% and was placed in the top 1% of candidates who entered this subject)
  • 46% of Cedar House candidates achieved As or Bs for Design (Isabel Karpierz and Dani Moore achieved 81%)
  • 86% of Cedar House candidates achieved As or Bs in Dramatic Arts (Sarah Rumboll achieved 90%)
  • 52% of Cedar House candidates achieved As or Bs in English (Dominique James achieved 89%)
  • 52% of Cedar House candidates achieved As or Bs in History (Dominique James achieved 84%)
  • 67% of Cedar House candidates achieved As or Bs in Life Orientation (Sarah Rumboll achieved 88%)
  • 32% of Cedar House candidates achieved As or Bs in Life Sciences (Jonah Swain achieved 87%)
  • 72% of Cedar House candidates achieved As or Bs in Mathematical Literacy (Lucas Nowicki achieved 94%)
  • 25% of Cedar House candidates achieved As or Bs in Mathematics (Dani Moore achieved 86%)
  • 63% of Cedar House candidates achieved As or Bs in Physical Sciences (Jonah Swain achieved 88%)
  • 65% of Cedar House candidates achieved As or Bs in Visual Arts (Olivia Welte, Cyla Jones and River Edwards all achieved 86%)
  • Jonah Swain achieved 87% for Geography
  • 20% of Cedar House candidates achieved As or Bs for Afrikaans (Dominique James achieved 86%)

My sincere congratulations to our Matrics, their families and our teachers.

Yours sincerely

FRANK RUMBOLL
Principal