83 ACADEMIC Review The year began reviewing the excellent 2013 results and setting goals for 2014.We are glad to report that our motto of teaching and assessing is working well and that our relationships with the boys are positive. We welcomed the largest group of grade 8s this year.They have very different abilities but have been a pleasure to teach.They settled quickly and soon found themselves at home.We also bade farewell to a large group of seniors who improved radically. The grade 10 and 11 boys did not disappoint during the isiZulu cultural evening held at St Anne’s.They left the stage amid thundering cheers and ear spitting screams and applause. A number of boys participated in the isiZulu olympiad this year.Their participation allowed us to benchmark the department against other ISASA schools.We are proud to announce that in the final round for grade 8s, six boys made the top ten with Mngomezulu Hlumela (95%) coming second nationally.Two of our grade 9 boys, Clinton Cele (88%) and Linda Wandile (90%) also made the top 10 and came 5th and 6th respectively. Travis Louw made the third round in grade 10 and did the school proud by coming fourth with an overall aggregate of 92%.With such excellent results, the future of the department looks bright.We would also like to congratulate Morena Malakoana for scooping the isiZulu subject prize at speech day with an average of 94%. One of our strengths is having smaller classes and being able to stream the senior phase.This allows us to teach the syllabus according to the abilities of the boys without compromising it. All this is only possible through the considerable team effort of Manzini Zungu. He provides me with invaluable assistance throughout the year. All in all, 2014 was a fulfilling year and hopefully, the IEB results will reflect this. Bongi Ndaba IsiZulu For the past few years the department has been riding the crest of a wave, attributed to planning, hard work and focus on the goal.This year has not been any different.