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Beaulieu College 2018 Matric Results

Beaulieu College - National Senior Certificate (NSC) Results - 2018

GRADE 12 2018 NSC RESULTS

The college was proud to report yet another year of superb results from the class of 2018. This is not incidental but due to the consistent effort of staff and pupils, coupled with support from parents. Below is a summary of the performance.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • We had a 100% pass rate, a total of 151 distinctions, an average of 1,9 distinctions per candidate.
  • The class of 2018 obtained a 97% university entrance and 49% of pupils obtained either an A or B aggregate.
  • Dylan Roussouw obtained 100% for Mathematics!
  • Four pupils achieved within the TOP 5% in 5 Subjects, and achieved a rating level of 7 in Life Orientation, nationally:
    Caitlin Bassett, Gina Biddlecombe, Richard Huang and Dylan Roussouw.

Beaulieu College Newsletter - 9 November 2018

STAY THE COURSE!

As the school year end approaches, there is a palpable sense of fatigue among staff, pupils, and no doubt parents. The school’s calendar is always extremely busy and the final examinations have just begun, so there is hardly time to take a breath before switching to the next activity. Added to this, a series of high-stake assessments, while necessary, simply contribute to high stress levels – it is at this stage, the temptation to slow down and stumble to the end becomes a reality. However, the ability to stay on course will differentiate you in turbulent times. I hear you say, “easier said than done!” so I am going to suggest a few strategies that may help you to press on to the end.

It is important that you keep a picture of the destination centrally placed in your mind. When you are continually bombarded with distractions each second of the day, you easily deviate from the path if you entertain it. Keep focused on the ‘prize’ and you will inevitably make decisions that bring your closer to obtaining it.

Find a way to win! Many people have given up on their dreams due to circumstances (sometimes beyond their control) and live unfulfilled lives, wishing they had stayed the course. I recently interviewed a parent wanting to move his child to Beaulieu. He recited how proud he was of his older daughter who had just qualified as a medical doctor after 12 years of tertiary study, though he explained that her journey was not an easy one. After applying to the medical faculty with excellent results, she was sadly unsuccessful. She proceeded to do a BSc degree and was again rejected 4 years later. She pursued chiropractic education and was finally accepted into the medical faculty, seven years later. This example of tenacity and determination speak to her character.

Keep the momentum even when it seems that you are not making significant progress. As long as you are moving forward, you are gaining ground. A stop-start motion will tire you and require much more energy to get going again.

Surround yourself with people who have a similar spirit of determination. These are the people who will encourage you and drive you to reach your goals because they have walked the same road. These are the people who believe in you and are glad when you succeed. There is no space for negative talk and mediocrity, so run from those who may reduce you to this level.

It takes courage and commitment to stay the course regardless of the many obstacles you may encounter along the way. There is a sense of achievement and immense satisfaction when you are able reach your desired destination. The sacrifice you make today will be an investment into your future, one you will not regret later.

The good news is that you innately have what it takes – stay the course!

Mr Mark Naidoo
Deputy Head

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Beaulieu College Newsletter - 26 October 2018

Mrs Anet Prinsloo

To my matrics of 2018, our journey started together in 2015.

Leaving the very protective arms of Mr Grove, you all came running to Mr Warriner and myself. Our first camp together in Magaliesburg was the first event where we all started to get to know each other. Especially when we had to have a bit of tough love with some of you trying your utmost best to get out of jumping of the kloof or faking illness when it was your groups turn to do the hike, especially the group that never made it back before sundown.

As our journey progressed, we shared many good, bad, hard and some tearful occasions, which I may say, shaped me as an educator as well.

Planning this Valediction, the only goal I had in mind was to have a perfect and memorable evening, as you turned out to be the perfect group.

Looking around you, you might all wonder what the purpose is with all the balloons and your photos on it. These balloons symbolises your life’s journey. The closer you are to the anchor, which is your parents and home, the more protected you are, as the challenges faced never derailed your mission of growing up. The higher you travel up this road to the top, the more you start to feel the gust of wind on your path, far enough from your anchor to deal with it on your own sometimes, but close enough to find your way back. Life is a journey enjoy the ride, is the saying we all hear at least once in our life. Unfortunately, it is true. Nothing in life will be handed to you on a silver platter and your journey to success is perfectly symbolized by a balloon on a string on a very windy day. Hold on, keep moving and face all hurdles with a positive attitude, focusing on the good instead of the bad on your journey, is my advice to you.

One of my favorite songs, have been repeating itself over and over during the time I have been setting up this Valediction. The words are sincere, and is definitely our wish as grade tutors for you.

Have it all by Jason Mraz

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Beaulieu College Newsletter - 3 August 2018

FROM THE DESK OF MR RUIZ-MESA

Exams are over! Holidays are here! These jovial phrases were heard echoing through the halls countless times in the last week, but soon the big question took focus: “What am I going to do with all of my free time?”

At first the answer seems simple: I have games to play, movies/series to watch and friends to chill with. Of course there is plenty time to do the things we really enjoy, but there are also many productive things to do during the school holidays.

In my many years of teaching I have found that visits from past pupils have always been one of my most valuable learning experiences. So I have decided to take some of their excellent advice on what to do during the holidays and pass it on to you. First take some time to reflect on the term gone by; think about the highs and the lows and then ask yourself what you could have done differently. This will allow you to confidently set goals for the new term and give you an idea of how you want to achieve them.

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Beaulieu College Newsletter - 12 July 2018

FROM THE DESK OF MRS PRINSLOO

It is that time of the year, when our pupils get to show what they have learned over the past six months. Many dislike the exam period; some can approach the exams with confidence, as revision is second nature to them. Others cringe just thinking about it, not because they are not capable, but because anxiety and stress cripple them.

There are many articles and suggestions online on how to eliminate or manage anxiety and stress levels during exams. Here are a few tips on how to deal with emotions during exams.

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FROM THE DESK OF MR WARRINER

Positive Sportmanship

It has been a busy few weeks wrapping up the winter sport season. I have spent many hours on the side of a variety of fields and courts at a variety of schools this past fortnight. Having witnessed, for the most part, what can only be described as exceptional sportsmanship from the players on the field and the supporters watching, I was saddened when I witnessed an incident of some rather unsavoury behaviour from some parents on the side of the field.

I felt it apt, after this disappointing incident, to use my article this week to remind parents, alumni, and general spectators about positive sportsmanship. I am a parent myself. I am also an educator. And since my sporting days are long past I am often, these days, a spectator. My child is at our prep school. She swims and plays netball and I am often the parent on the side of the field. I recognise, however, that me thinking she is the best swimmer on the team doesn’t necessarily make me an expert on swimming – stroke technique, team picks, starts, finishes, relay
change overs and tumble turns. On the contrary, as a spectator, I am sure that I see things very differently to the actual swimmers in the pool.

Recently, while watching a high school hockey game. I was sitting with colleagues in the stands in amongst both home and opposing team supporters. It was a very heated game both on the field and off the field. I understand that parents want to cheer for their children. I can even try to understand their disappointment and frustration when the umpire’s calls go against their team. What I don’t understand is how some parents and spectators feel it is their place to criticise the umpires and the players on the opposing team. Not under their breath, mind you – loudly and with such hostility that it was impossible to ignore. It was unpleasant and really in poor form. We teach our children that they should never engage in a negative manner with others. We must, it follows, model this behaviour for our kids.

Shouting encouragement is always welcome and always positive. Chirping the players or officials is not. As parents and educators we have a responsibility to conduct ourselves as mature, supportive spectators who appreciate the efforts of everyone on the field – that includes the opposition. As the adults in the equation we have a responsibility to teach our children to respect the rules and those tasked with enforcing them - that means accepting the decisions of the officials.

Let us also never forget the context within which we are operating. This is school sport – not the Olympics! They aren’t professional players - they do not depend on this game for their living! Your children play sport for the love of the sport. They play to be part of a team, to enjoy healthy, physical competition. They should not be encouraged to “take him out” from a parent in the stands. We should be encouraging and congratulating all players on the field for great play or goals or tactics. Children love having parents there to support them – they are grateful for your interest and appreciate your encouragement. But their joy quickly turns to acute embarrassment when your support morphs into negative engagement with the coaches, referees, umpires or the opposition teams. And when it seems as if all the calls are against your team, this is the time, more than any other, that you need to be a positive role model for your child. Rather than make a spectacle of yourself on the sidelines, show respect for all around you – officials, coaches and opposition players but most importantly your own child. Remember always, even when they are the main attraction, our children are watching us.

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