Drama and rugby for balance - now the sky is the limit for St John's star

03 January 2019 - 09:08 By Iavan Pijoos
Daniel Archer from St John's College achieved a 87% average in the 2018 Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matric exams.
Daniel Archer from St John's College achieved a 87% average in the 2018 Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matric exams.
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Striking a healthy balance between schoolwork, sports and creative expression was the secret for Daniel Archer from St John's College in Johannesburg, who achieved a 87% average in the 2018 Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matric exams.

The IEB results were released at midnight on Wednesday, revealing a 98.92% matric pass rate for 2018 - compared to last year's 98.76%. 

Archer, who is not only the captain of his school's first team rugby team but also an amateur actor, dramatist and producer, was described by his school as one of the "finest all-rounders in the country".

"It’s been a good year,” he smiled. “Drama and rugby combined to give me a balanced matric year."

For Archer, giving your best in everything you do will always see you come out on top. "I always give my all to whatever I do and I try to do as much as possible ... Whether you win or lose on the rugby field, or anywhere else in life, it’s important to stay true to yourself and what you believe in. Without that, very little will go right,” he said.

Before writing their matric exams last year, Archer and a group of school friends entered their own production, Woza Superman, in the 2018 Festival of Excellence in Dramatic Arts. The production was ranked in the top eight of the prestigious amateur competition.

Paul Edey, the headmaster of St John's College, praised Archer and the entire class of 2018 for their hard work.

"This is the very essence of St John’s College, a school where the captain of the rugby team is also celebrated on the stage and in cultural activities. It’s a school where every student is encouraged to realise his optimal potential,” said Edey. 

Archer now has his sights set on a career in aerospace engineering. He is currently waiting for feedback from universities in the US and UK, where he has been offered a place for 2019.

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