The Class of 2017 set new records for Coronationville Secondary School

Principal Floyd Billings and Cllr/ SGB chairperson Khana Amod with top achiever Gasitwe Mokgatlhe.

The Class of 2017 set new records for Coronationville Secondary School when they exceeded expectations and obtained a pass rate of 96 percent.

Proud principal Floyd Billings and local councillor and School Governing Body (SGB) chairperson Khana Amod could not contain their excitement for the achievement.

The class of 2017 obtained 13 distinctions for the school with Gasitwe Mokgatlhe being the top achiever with four distinctions. She accomplished this feat by obtaining distinctions in Economics, Business Studies, Tourism and Life Orientation.

“We are happy, we excited for our learners, and it’s all due to the hard work of the teachers and the principal. With all the challenges that the school faces, all the negative attention, this is something very positive.

“It’s the first time in history that this particular school has such a high percentage. We did not expect this,” said Amod.

According to Billings, last year the school continued with motivation and encouragement, they held extra classes and Secondary School Improvement Programme (SSIP) classes.

“We are faced with a discipline problem and many other challenges but these learners showed that you can overcome any challenge and you can achieve.

“It’s not only about the high pass rate but its also about their futures, about studying further and finding jobs. We beat Westbury but it’s healthy competition, it’s a good thing,” said Amod.

“I would like to thank our spiritual leaders who continued to pray for us and our learners and for having motivational talks. Nothing is possible without God,” said Billings.

The method which the school used and will use is that they try and keep the learners glued to the work.

“We try one thing for a group but it doesn’t mean that it will work for the next group. Schools reopen on January 17and we will have our parents meeting for our Grade 12’s and the extra classes will begin the first Monday and then we will also be having an honours evening for our matrics,” said Billings.

The one thing that the school may have done differently was that they partnered with Westbury Secondary School. Billings explained “Some of our children do not have food and so the hostel at Westbury helped in terms of the food and the study environment.

“Westbury also gained from us resources such as teachers. We all servicing the same community so it helps if we all help each other. At the end of the day, it’s not about the schools but the community,” said Billings.

They had a group of 65 learners in Grade 12 and offered extra classes from Monday to Thursday and held SSIP classes on a Friday with Westbury.

“We have to acknowledge our teachers for all the hard work. We had teachers instructing Grade 12’s for the first time. It was a risk but it worked,” said Amod.

“As the principal of the school I’d like to also congratulate the neighbouring school towards their achievements and if we all work together we must remember that it is the community that will benefit.

All schools had an improvement and I’d just like to congratulate them. Westbury had a drop but these things happen, Westbury has always been a pillar to us for many years, so they will get over this hurdle,” concluded Billings.

Principal Floyd Billings and councillor and SGB chairperson Khana Amod (right).

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