At the end of 2011 the first group of girls attending the Academy completed their schooling. The pass rate was 92% with 54% of the girls obtaining Bachelor Degree passes. The girls from Athlone Girls’ High School performed particularly well.
In January of this year, we welcomed 16 Grade 10 and Grade 11 learners from Masibambane College in Orange Farm. They join the 28 girls from Barnato Park High School in Berea attending the Academy. Girls from St Enda’s Secondary School in Hillbrow attend when they have free afternoons.
The Academy continues to provide extra Mathematics, Physical Science and English lessons on weekday afternoons. To improve the basic skills in Mathematics, an e-learning programme called MyMaths has been introduced. The e-learning programme will be developed during 2013. The girls continue to read extensively and to make use of the internet for research.
Highlights this year have included a visit to SciBono and the Enrichment afternoons arranged by Mrs Harrison. In July the Grade 12 girls attended a Mathematics and Science study camp at Kloofwaters. Many hours were spent mastering various topics and completing revision exercises. There was enough time to learn loom knitting resulting in each girl going home with a beanie.
Some comments from the 2012 Grade 12 learners writing to the sponsors:
Innocentia Mabiletsa: I aspire to study Psychology and through hard work and determination I know this dream will come true. The Academy has given me wings to fly.
Diane Arase: I sincerely thank you for your love and care in building a firm foundation for my future. The Academy has opened my eyes to view the world positively. May God bless you abundantly.
Wivine Leya: I feel very privileged to be part of a programme that has enhanced and shaped my life in all sorts of ways.
Sibongile Zwane: I would like to thank you for all your wonderful contributions towards my education. I have gained a lot of knowledge and confidence from attending the Academy.
Rudzani Tshivhase: Thank you for the opportunity to experience a high class education. It has given me the chance to improve in most of my subjects and especially Science.
Ayanda Chauke: I joined the Academy in 2010 as a Grade 10. I would like to thank you and express my gratitude to all the people who have made my High School life easier by giving me the opportunity to attend the Academy.
Director Roedean Academy