Hard work, dedication and finding a balance between school and life.
Those are the qualities that the top achievers in the matric exams said they needed to succeed.
On Friday the Independent Examination Board (IEB) released the matric results for its schools, recording a 98% pass rate. These are the private schools and the release of the results for state schools is still to come.
Some IEB schools obtained a 100% pass rate.
In Johannesburg, King David High School in Linksfield produced 532 distinctions from the 153 matrics who wrote the IEB exams.
“It was a very intense year, but it was one of the years that I learnt the most. I think because it was so challenging, I gained a lot that I haven’t in previous years,” said Roni Katz from King David, who earned 10 distinctions and now plans to take a gap year to travel to Israel. “I chose my subjects because it would get me where I want to go. The maths and science would get me to engineering, hopefully. The rest I chose for personal interest. I love history, I love English… I love music.”