Promoting Academic Excellence

The June exam results showed a good improvement in the academic performance of the Hall due to the collective efforts of the House Committee members for the respective residences as well as the Hall Committee.

This is evident in the Hall’s leap up the academic rankings, moving to 2nd place overall out of all the Halls on Campus after the June examinations, with each house giving a strong showing.  Graham House was congratulated for their amazing move from 49th place in the November 2017 exams, to 8th place in the June 2018 exams, out of all the Residences on Campus.  

Constant initiatives from each Academic Rep, including mentoring programmes, academic talks, library study visits, converting common rooms into study venues, one-on-one support and motivation, and the advertisement of assistance in the dining hall, have all played their part in this incredible success.


November Exams 2017 – position/ranking

June Exams 2018 – position/ranking

Drostdy Hall



Allan Gray House



Graham House



Prince Alfred House



Recognising Academic Excellence

At the Welcome Dinner certificates were awarded to the top 5 students in each undergrad residence from the November 2017 exams.  Advocate Shuaib Rahim, Senior Lecturer - Faculty of Law, handed out the certificates.Welcome Dinner Awards - group photo

In the second term Graham House had a top 10 academics dinner (top 10 students from Nov 2017 exams).Graham - top academics dinner May 2018

At the Leavers Dinner the top first year from the June exams received an award, as well as the top second and third year from the November 2017 and June 2018 exams combined.  Evert Knoesen, Drostdy Hall Fellow, handed out the awards.Leavers Awards - Bridget - first year academic award

Allan Gray, Prince Alfred and Graham House held a function to congratulate and celebrate their top academic achievers from the June 2018 exams.

Academics - PA Top Academics Breakfast

Academic Achievements

Graduation 2018

Grad 2018 - Sheldan

The following number of Drostdy students graduated:

  • Allan Gray:  5 current, 17 recent.
  • Prince Alfred:  2 current, 7 recent.
  • Graham:  3 current, 9 recent.
  • Celeste:  14 current, 16 recent.
  • Edward Horn, Drostdy Hall Fellow, attained his MCom.
Prince Alfred House student, Yonela Ntshakaza, received an ORU Bursary Award, for the 3rd year in a row.

ORU Award - Yonela

  • Drostdy Hall Alumna, Lindiwe Tsope, is the first Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls Graduate to pursue a PhD.  Lindiwe is pursuing a PhD in Sociology.  Lindiwe attained an Honour’s Degree in Sociology in 2016, and a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences in 2017 at Rhodes University.  Lindiwe was a 2015 and 2016 Prince Alfred House Sub-Warden, and the 2014 Prince Alfred House Community Engagement Rep.  She was also the 2015 and 2016 Drostdy Hall Academic Rep.
  • Masters Student, Buhle Ndebele, a former Celeste House Student, won first prize for her oral presentation at the 8th annual DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC) Workshop.  Buhle was a 2016 & 2017 Celeste House Sub-Warden.
  • Kudzie Tsvetu, a former Prince Alfred House Student, was part of the team that won second place at the International Trade Law Moot in Kenya.  Kudzie was awarded the prize for Best Oralist in the African Grand Final against the Kenyan School of Law.  Kudzie was a Prince Alfred House Sub-Warden in 2016 and 2017.

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