A tragic incident has left the St Benedict’s College community in mourning as they celebrate the outstanding academic achievements of their students. Declan Murphy, a pupil from the school, passed away before receiving his matric results.
Declan Murphy died in an accident while on holiday with his parents in Plettenberg Bay.
However, it has been revealed that he obtained an impressive five distinctions in subjects including English, Geography, Maths, Physical Science, and Life Orientation.
The school expressed their devastation at the loss of Declan, highlighting his role as the school chaplain’s altar boy during his junior high school years.
Known for his leadership qualities, Declan was admired by his peers who sought his advice and guidance. His commitment to his faith and academics was evident in his exceptional academic performance.
St Benedict’s College is also proud to announce that they achieved a total of 250 distinctions in the 2023 academic year.
The top pupil, Dylan Ho, earned eight distinctions with an average of 91.3%. Dylan’s achievements extended beyond the classroom, as he excelled in hockey and received accolades for his oratory skills.
The college’s head, David Jeffrey, emphasized the importance of acknowledging the efforts of the students, their parents, and the teachers. He recognized that the matric results symbolize years of dedication and hard work.
“It’s crucial to acknowledge that the matric final results signify the culmination of 13 years of dedication and they are a nod to the boys’ ongoing efforts, their parents’ unequivocal support and the determination of their teachers.”
In addition to Dylan Ho, several other students achieved exceptional results, with five scoring above 85% and 19 achieving more than 80%. Notably, Andrea Thomas, Sabelo Shangase, and Alex Bezuidenhout achieved results in the top 1% nationally in a subject.
As the St Benedict’s College community mourns the loss of Declan Murphy, they honour his memory and recognize his contributions to the school. Declan’s words, “Always remember to pray … not for easier days, but to be a stronger man,” will forever resonate in their hearts.