Class of 2016
Class of 2016: Leading by example
The St John’s College 2016 Matric Class represents the school’s ethos: a world-class school in Africa, for Africa, in Body, Mind and Character.
They initiated a large campaign dissecting privilege and racism, excelled in sports and cultural activities and delivered exceptional results. Their magnificent achievements are the result of solid grounding, hard work, and the tireless and dedicated work of thier teachers and parents.
The class of 2016 made national headlines when they initiated the #wakeuptoyourprivilege campaign, introducing the conversation about privilege, racism and other forms of discrimination to the classroom. It was frank, robust and certainly a big step towards dismantling, piece by piece, the legacy of apartheid. They have provided a good platform for the class of 2017 to continue.
The Head of School for 2017 started the 2017 academic year with an appeal to the boys of St John’s to “Stop talking about it, be about it.” As he explained, St John's boys have the platform, the opportunities and the support to give things a go, to get moving and to make a difference. Finishing first does not make or break a person but taking those first steps sets you on the journey to travel a thousand miles. This is a wonderful continuation of the leadership of the Class of 2016, who led by example.
Napoleon Hill wrote that “great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness”. These words ring true as we consider the considerable performance of the 2016 Upper V class.
In many years from now, the Class of 2016 will look back on these results knowing the rewards of focus and hard work. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the tireless and seemingly endless effort of the teachers and staff at St John’s College. And of course, the incredible support of the St John’s parents who, like our teachers, go beyond the call of duty to ensure that their sons have the very best foundation in life.
Sango Socikwa came in the top 5% in five or more subjects and in the top 1% in four subjects. His overall average was 93%, which is a remarkable achievement. He achieved 8 distinctions including his AP subject.
Connor Mercer came in the top 5% nationally in five or more subjects and in the top 1% in four subjects. His overall average was 92% and he also achieved 8 distinctions including his AP subject.
Quintus Kilbourn came in the top 5% in five or more subjects and in the top 1% in two subjects. His overall average was 91% and he achieved 9 distinctions including his AP subjects.
Brandon MacKenzie came in the top 5% in six subjects and in the top 1% in two subjects. His overall average was 91% and he also achieved 9 distinctions including his AP subjects.
Justin Standish-White came in the top 5% in five or more subjects and in the top 1% in three subjects. His overall average was 91% and he achieved 8 distinctions including his AP subjects.
Abram Schonfeldt came in the top 1% in 3 subjects and achieved an overall average of 91%. He also achieved 8 distinctions including his AP subjects.
The entire class did very well. I am delighted to announce nine boys achieved averages over 90%, while 41 boys achieved averages over 80% and a total of 80 boys brought home averages over 75%.
There were outstanding achievements in English, Mathematics, Afrikaans, Science, Life Science and Dramatic Arts.