Student enjoys academic success

18:51, Nov 12 2012
Benjamin Agnew and Robyn Steel
SMART STUFF: Sunnyhills Primary School pupil Benjamin Agnew, 9, with deputy principal Robyn Steel. Ben achieved the top score in New Zealand in ICAS year 4 English.

Bookworm Benjamin Agnew has an aptitude for English.

He has just been awarded the top score out of 4731 students in New Zealand who sat the English year 4 ICAS test.

The 9-year-old was thrilled to learn he had received the accolade for something he simply enjoys doing.

Deputy principal Robyn Steel says Benjamin is a bright young boy with a great future ahead of him.

"He has a passion for learning and thrives on challenges and competition, which is always great to see in a student."

This applies to all of his learning across all subjects, not just with English, Mrs Steel says.


Benjamin takes his learning home and even challenges his father in spelling competitions, which Benjamin often walks away from as the winner.

Year 4 is the first year students can sit the ICAS exams and he is determined to keep up the high standard.

"I am not really expecting to get top in New Zealand again, but I am expecting to get a high distinction," he says.

The young bookworm says no future career decisions stick for more than a month, although becoming an author is an idea that pops up frequently.

"I have read lots of Roald Dahl books, I have read the Narnia series and I've just finished The Hobbit.

"I enjoy the stories a lot. I just enjoy using my imagination but I like to read a variety of books, non-fiction as well."

Eastern Courier