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Alexandra aces ICT

Last updated 05:00 04/02/2010
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TOP STUDENT: Alexandra Bird from Springbank School was top in New Zealand for IGCSE Information and Communication Technology .

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Springbank School student Alexandra Bird has been awarded the top mark in New Zealand for Information and Communication Technology in IGCSE and will attend a special Outstanding Achiever Award in Auckland next month.

Her teacher Caroline de Kock says she is extremely proud of Alex’s achievement.

Year 11 students studied for their International General Certificate of Secondary Education qualification and have been rewarded with a 97 percent pass rate overall and a very high level of grades.

Springbank students achieved a 16 percent A*, (A* equates to 90 percent to 100 percent), 39 percent of grades were A (over 80 percent) and 85 percent of grades were above 60 percent. Subjects studied included business studies, ICT, physical education, English language and literature, science, mathematics art and design.

Students in year 6 sat Cambridge International Primary Programme exams in English, maths and science, with several students achieving the top grade possible.

In year 9 the Checkpoint examination results reflected more than a third of students achieving excellence grades.

For a school where students of all abilities sit the Cambridge exams, this is a wonderful result, says principal Sophia Warren, who congratulates students and staff for their success.

"This is an internationally recognised examination held in high regard world-wide and will provide our students with a clear pathway to great opportunities."

About 10,000 students sat Cambridge examinations in more than 50 state and independent New Zealand schools in November, including Springbank.

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