The excellent results achieved by the 2014 matric class of the TuksSport High School proved that they are champions who have learned to act in accordance with the code for real champions.
According to Hettie de Villiers, principal of the TuksSport High School, this is exactly the code to which last year’s matriculants abided. “To be a true champion on and off the sport field means to strive, constantly and without reservation, to reach your full potential; being committed and disciplined in your approach; take personal responsibility; demonstrate a deep desire to succeed; show an impeccable and relentless work ethic; set priorities, and make the required sacrifices; persevere through adversity with a positive attitude; apply a training and competitive focus that creates the opportunity to transform the impossible into the possible.”
All 31 matriculants passed, achieving a total of 50 distinctions. Even more important is the fact that 77.6% of them have qualified for matriculation exemption which enables them to continue their studies at a university.
With seven distinctions Ruan Ras is the school’s top matriculant. Ras achieved distinctions in Afrikaans, English, Maths, Science, Life Orientation, Computer Application Technology and Business Studies and averaged 89.5%
The school’s head boy and golfer, Franco van Zyl, got six distinctions (86.50% average), as did Kobe Vandelanotte a tennis player (89.17%). Tylah Lotter, a gymnast, got five distinctions (82.67% average).
Thembi Kgatlana, who plays for the national women’s soccer team, is another matriculant who deserves to be specially mentioned. When she arrived at TuksSport High School she could not speak English at all, but she ended up among the school’s top ten achievers with distinctions in Zulu and Tourism.
Other pupils who proved their versatility not just in sport but also as students are: Megan Toye (74.30% average), David van der Colff (74.17%), Boipelo Montwedi (72.83%),
Nicole Muller (72.83%), Alex Axiotis (72.17%) and Danielle Masters (72.17%).