With the final few days before writing their final examinations, and a celebration of their school career achievements, Ashton held their Valedictory function on Friday 12 October. The class of 2018 have a busy time ahead as they prepare for their final IEB examinations, as well as the Cambridge Assessment International Education examinations, on both A and AS level.
"The students produced an outstanding set of results following their trial examinations and we are looking forward to excellent results final 2018 all round," said Mrs Jenny van Buuren, Senior College Head. "We are also extremely proud of the fact that so many of our students have achieved exceptionally well in their final external Cambridge examinations written earlier this year, she added.
At the Valedictory Awards function held on Friday in the Grace Hall, Gabriel Delamere clinched the outstanding Achiever Award for Cambridge AS Level, Courtney Koopmans was the Proxime Accessit on Cambridge A Level, and Maryia Piatrova clinched the Cambridge A Level DUX with an average of 82,13 .
On the IEB Curriculum, Timothy Sharrock outshone the girls to take the IEB DUX Award with an average of 86%, and eight subject distinctions, pipping IEB Proxime Accessit Brooklyn Milne whose final average was 85%.
Sharrock scored 96,2% for Advanced Programme Mathematics, 94,3% for Life Orientation, 92% for Mathematics and 84% for Life Sciences. With these outstanding results, he was also awarded the Outstanding Achiever Award. Six students were awarded Academic School Honours for an average above 80%. In addition to celebrating the excellence in academics, excellence in sport and culture was also recognised. Austin Byrne was named the Sportsman of the Year and Mika O'Meara was awarded the Sportswoman of the Year.
While Ashton's sport has grown in leaps and bounds, cultural activities have not taken a back seat, and Reeson Pillay was awarded the Monique Venter Trophy for contributing towards the continuous growth of Culture at the school, and he will be remembered as the Lion in Wizard of Oz and the Genie in the 2018 production of Aladdin.
The Good-fellowship award, as voted for by the matric students for matric student who was a role model to his peers and being a leader, and always upheld Ashton's name, was awarded to Braden Plekker. The All Souls' Award for consistent service to the School, in the classroom and in all other areas of school life was shared between Shannon Oellermann and Austin Byrne.
Sihle Mholongo and Ryan Gregory were awarded the "Leader Without a Title" trophies nominated by the Head Prefects to two students who were not part of the prefect body, but supported the group and showed great leadership.