Dolphins diving into their future

04 March 2019 | Education

Roux-Ché Shidute, Grade 2, The Dolphin Schools

With a staggering 100% pass rate Dolphins matriculants showed they didn’t come to play, and proved that hard work surely pays off when it comes to going after what you want in life.

Even though everyone worked hard last year a few candidates need special acknowledgement.

Our top 3 achievers were Tiyana Meyer (1st) , Lauren Smith (2nd) and Rumaanah Bhamjee (3rd). Meyer completed her matric year with a whopping 79% average for all her 7 subjects. She received 4 distinctions in Afrikaans 86%, Engineering Graphics and Design 83%, Life Orientation 85% and Mathematics 81%.

She is currently pursuing her studies in medicine at the University of Namibia, and says careful planning and proper time management is her recipe for success.

“Don’t leave anything for tomorrow that can be done today. I’m also extremely grateful to my teachers at the Dolphin Schools, our principal, Ms Ilse Palomba, and most importantly my parents who did everything in their power to ensure that I can become anything my heart desires.”

Lauren obtained an impressive average of 78, 9% for all her 7 subjects. She received 5 distinctions - Accounting 85%, Afrikaans 85%, Engineering and Graphics Design 82%, Life Orientation 83% and Mathematics 80%.

She is pursuing a career in Civil Engineering. Students at The Dolphin Schools will remember her for saying “math is fun, guys!” countless times.

Her study schedule comprised attending Master Maths and Physics classes for three hours a day.

“I’d study one subject working according to a schedule for two days and two topics a day depending on how much work it contains. I always covered all the topics a week before writing and in that week I also worked out old questions papers.”

She said that at times it was difficult allocating studying time to the subjects.

“I was afraid of spending too much time on one subject or on one topic. During my exams my mother became very ill and I had to take care of her and make time for my studies. I pushed through because I wanted to make her proud.”

She says she would if she could definitely spend more time working out old question papers to get enough exposure on how it’s set up or how to answer the questions.

Smith is currently studying towards her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust).

“My goal is to do my master’s degree and promote females in the engineering industry.” We wish her nothing but success!

Rumaanah had an average of 74% for all seven of her subjects with distinctions in Life Orientation (83%) and Mathematical Literacy (89%).

She had a very busy schedule and did not have a second for herself.

“I woke early mornings at 04:00 to study and went to bed late. When it comes to your finals you have to forget about a social life.”

Her biggest challenge was concentrating.

”For some reason after trials I lost every bit of drive in me to study. It felt monotonous because I just studied all the work for prelims and then I have to go over it again for the finals. Another thing was distractions from friends and family. Family obligations! Because you spend so much time studying you tend to neglect your responsibilities to the people around you.”

If there is one thing she could change it would be not to beat herself up the way she did.

“I would get enough sleep so I can feel energised the next day while writing. I would also motivate myself in small ways, like treat myself after finishing a certain chapter, to make focusing a little bit easier.”

A round of applause can also be given to the entire Class of 2018. They passed with a Bachelor’s Pass which means they can attend any tertiary institution. That is also another 100% pass for The Dolphin Schools.

“The Class of 2018 learners have been accepted to universities from as nearby as Windhoek, to as far away as Spain,” said Ms Palomba in her principal’s speech at the 2019 prize-giving. Congratulations to the class of 2018! You did it!

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