British Council honours top South African students


Twenty-one top-performing students from South African schools have received awards from the British Council in honour of their exceptional performance in this year’s Cambridge International exams.

The ceremony took place at the Galleria in Sandton, Johannesburg and was attended by the students, their families, school leaders, and teachers from 42 British Council Partner Schools in South Africa.

Top achievers this year include:

  • Alika Van Tonder, from the Montessori College, who won the ‘Top in World’ category for Afrikaans as a Second Language in the November 2022 exam series
  • Marandela Matilda Kutama – Grace Trinity School, Top in South Africa: English Language
  • Tertius Aucamp – Newberry House Montessori School, Top in South Africa: Spanish Language
  • Reghardt Erasmus Rossouw – Oxford Training Centre, Top in South Africa: Physics
  • Chenaniah Malango Chishimba – Oxford Training Centre, Top in South Africa: Mathematics

A further three students were awarded ‘Top in South Africa’ awards across co-ordinated sciences, English Literature and Afrikaans for Cambridge International, IGCSE, AS Level and A-level in the June and November 2022 series.

The ceremony hosted several distinguished guests including British High Commissioner, Antony Phillipson, who said that they are so impressed with what the students had achieved and they looked forward at watching them continue to excel in their chosen career paths.

Alison Sriparam, the British Council’s Regional Examinations Director, for Sub-Saharan Africa, said the Bright Future Awards serves as a platform to honour the remarkable accomplishments of students who have demonstrated exceptional talent, dedication, and leadership within their respective fields after taking the Cambridge IGCSE O Level and A level exams.

It is an opportunity to celebrate the collaborative efforts of parents, teachers, and school leaders who have supported and nurtured these young individuals on their journey toward success,” said Scriparam.

Country Director for the British Council South Africa, George Barrett remarked that the British Council’s aim is to provide expert operational and educational support for their Partner Schools at every opportunity, and at every level – making a difference to young lives in local communities, across the world.

We are thrilled to celebrate another cohort of young achievers and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Our Partner School reach in South Africa has impacted more than 6,000 learners in the last year across eight cities, and our ambition is to continue growing our delivery to Cambridge candidates across all provinces of South Africa,” said Barret.


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