NOT many matric pupils can boast that they had shared an entire education of 12 years at one school. Ten of the matriculating class of 2014 started at Theodor Herzl together in Grade 1, and the group – who jokingly refer to each other as the “Originals” – also collectively achieved an impressive 38 As in the matric results announced on Monday.
The group’s Grade 1 teacher, Chantal Klackers, is still a Grade 1 teacher at Theodor Herzl and said that this class of 24 pupils was her first as a teacher at the school in 2002.
“It was a wonderful start to my career at the school, although I had taught at another school, so it was not the first class of my career.
“They really were the most amazing class of intelligent and kind learners. They were like sponges and just wanted to learn more,” Klackers said.
“I have followed their school careers ever since.”
Of the 10 “Originals”, six achieved an average of 80% and higher and made it to the list of the school’s top 10 achievers.
One, Christi Nortier, 18, who was also head prefect at Theodor Herzl last year, said the entire matric class was a very tight-knit bunch.
“We were always looking out for one another and merged together with the new kids who joined the class throughout the years.
“Everyone is your friend at the school and we were all willing to help each other with schoolwork and shared a special friendship with one another,” she said.
Nortier, who shared the eighth best academic spot at the school with Jannis Jansen, 18, achieved an average of 80.3% and four As.
The fifth best pupil was deputy head prefect Cayla-Rose Jack, 18, daughter of well-known businessman Khusta Jack.
Campus head Stephen Fay said the school’s teaching staff encouraged curiosity and instilled a love of learning in pupils from pre-primary level all the way to Grade 12.
“Individual attention and care from our staff inspires pupils to work hard and achieve their best,” Fay said.
Theodor Herzl had 31 pupils in matric, of whom 11 passed with an average of 80% or higher.
Annalie Lahoud, 18, and Wiebke Langner, 18, each achieved 7 As.
For almost half of all subjects written by Theodor Herzl matrics a whole class average of between 80% and 97% was achieved.
– Cindy Preller