Students ace their exams

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St Kevin’s College deputy principal Kerry Ryan is praising pupils after their success in last year’s Cambridge international examinations.

There were 11 students in year 10 last year who took part in the exams, and pupils generally did very well, Mr Ryan said.

Of those 11 pupils, four received a star for their results, which meant they scored in the 90s on their tests.

The lowest score was about 60 per cent.

“We were very, very pleased with our results.”

The pupils and Joy Jackson, the teacher who taught the Cambridge class, had done well, especially as the course was designed to be done over two years but was done in one, Mr Ryan said.

“They were kids who wanted to pick up the challenge.

“The beauty of this is it has extended our students.”

The school now plans to extend the Cambridge exams.

“All our students will be doing Cambridge maths.”

This year, Waitaki Boys’ High School is joining St Kevin’s College in offering Cambridge International Examinations to pupils.

Waitaki Boys’ High School rector Paul Jackson said the idea of offering the Cambridge classes had been in the pipeline for a while.

Offering the exams was part of his strategy to improve students’ exam performances, Mr Jackson said.

By DAVID DE LOREAN