Southland students score top grades in international qualification

Southland Girls' High School students who got an A* grade for their Cambridge Global Perspectives qualification, from ...
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Southland Girls' High School students who got an A* grade for their Cambridge Global Perspectives qualification, from left Lily Brankin, Sophia Witham, Hannah Sutton, Thalia Ridd, Jessica Smith, Madison Flannery (back), Pippa O'Connell and Kayla Boniface, all 14.

A group of Southland Girls' High School students are among top academics in the world for their research on global issues.

The students were awarded for their work in gaining Cambridge Global Perspectives qualifications at a school assembly on Tuesday.

From the school eight girls got an A* grade, while four others got an A and one got a B.

Southland Girls' High School students who got an A* grade for their Cambridge Global Perspectives qualification, from ...
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Southland Girls' High School students who got an A* grade for their Cambridge Global Perspectives qualification, from left, Lily Brankin, Pippa O'Connell, Sophia Witham, Kayla Boniface, Thalia Ridd, Hannah Sutton, Madison Flannery and Jessica Smith, all 14.

The school's global perspectives teacher and international students academic tutor Sharee Ineson said it was the first time the school had so many students achieve at such a high level.

Global Perspectives is an International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) subject that the girls completed last year, Ineson said.

The students completed a group project, two individual portfolios and an exam in November, which were based on global issues including education, language, culture, peace and conflict, she said.

Southland Girls' High School students say the qualification helped them understand global issues better.
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Southland Girls' High School students say the qualification helped them understand global issues better.

Ineson took a different approach by linking the qualification to the Worlds Largest Lesson programme, a digital-based programme that educates students on global issues.

It was a "natural fit" that extended the students' thinking, allowed them to learn in a real-life context and gave them a stronger knowledge and skill base to transfer their learning into the students Global Perspectives assessments, she said.

Student Madison Flannery said the course helped her think beyond New Zealand and link knowledge to global issues.

"It makes us realise how lucky we are here," she said.

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Cambridge senior manager for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands Roger Franklin-Smith said about 160 countries, with more than 12,000 schools, took part in the programme.

It was an opportunity for students to communicate, exchange viewpoints and learn internationally, he said.

"It gives them the chance to enrich the school curriculum," he said.

"It's growing quickly in Cambridge and Internationally."

Students from all over the world including China, the USA, Europe, Australia and the Middle East take part.

"New Zealanders seem to do very well," he said.

"There's a fairly serious growing for it in New Zealand."

Ineson took a "unique" approach to combing the qualification with the Worlds Largest Lesson programme, he said.

Cambridge took note of the approach and would look into linking the qualification with other courses, he said.

A* achievers - Sophia Witham, Lily Brankin, Madison Flannery, Pippa O'Connell, Jessica Smith, Hannah Sutton, Kayla Boniface and Thalia Ridd.

A achievers - Olivia Gray, Aisha Abdul Jabbar, Meg Laker and Destiny Schmidt.

B achiever - Emma Macdonald.

 - Stuff

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