Students shine in English

STUDENTS at Snowy Mountains Grammar School (SMGS) continue to challenge their peers within the NSW and the ACT by producing outstanding results in the recent International Competition and Assessment for Schools (ICAS) English Competition. In total, 142 SMGS students from Year 2-11 competed in the International Competition.

"ICAS is an important opportunity for our students to demonstrate their talents and to apply the skills and concepts they learn in their classroom to complex and unfamiliar questions", said Director of Studies Geoff Greentree.

"In a world where students question the purpose of their learning, the ICAS Competition provides a stage for students to understand the importance of learning more than just content - skills are fundamental to a ever-changing society".

In total, 20 per cent of the SMGS cohort achieved a credit or above in the competition, with nine students placed in the top 11 per cent of the state for their age group.

"Being placed within the top 11 per cent of your cohort in a competition where many schools select only their brightest students to compete enhances the achievement factor for our students where all students have a go," said Michael Barton, Director of Teaching and Learning at SMGS.

"In some cases, our students achieved in the top 2 percent of the state and that is a remarkable achievement."

Ely Frize, a SMGS Year 2 student, achieved a score of 30 out of 35 placing him in the 98th percentile for his year group across the state. His mother, Wendy Frize, was ecstatic with his result,

"Ely has a mind that questions the world around him and through his sense of wonder, he seems to join the dots together to form a picture and I'm so pleased that this wonder has been harnessed at SMGS'," she said.

In the Secondary School, Year 11 student Grace Woonton achieved a distinction and was in the top 9 per cent of the state. '

"t's great to see our secondary students shine too', said Andrew Bell, school principal.

"Grace is an exceptional scholar - in and out of the classroom - and was recently appointed a 2014 Academic Captain at the School. Her determination for all things academic is outstanding."

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