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Students Achieve Great Results

February 18 2005

New Zealand secondary school students participating in the 2004 University of Cambridge International Examinations have again achieved outstanding results.

Figures received by the Association of Cambridge Schools In New Zealand highlight 18 students who have achieved Top In The World results in a variety of subjects including English Literature, English Language, French, Physics, Spanish, Co-ordinated Science, Economics and Physical Education as well as a number of other students who have come Top in New Zealand in a range of subjects.

Students sit IGCSE in Year 11, AS and A2 (A Levels) in Years 12 and 13.

Two Westlake Boys' High School students, Jonathan How and Thomas Reynolds, tied for first place in IGCSE English Literature out of 899 entries from New Zealand and 5167 students across the world. This is the first year Westlake Boys High has participated in the examinations. Two students, Tim Williams (Psychology) and Zahra Zaiton (Painting), both of ACG Senior College, were the top students in their subjects at A Level across the world.

Worldwide, University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) are offered in over 150 countries and sat by over 300,000 students every year, with examination sessions held in June and November. Its qualifications are recognised by universities worldwide, including New Zealand. CIE is a section of the University of Cambridge and all aspects of its curriculum development and student assessment including the security of the examinations and the release of results are operated under a strict Code of Practice.

More than ten percent of New Zealand secondary schools, both independent and state schools are registered as CIE centres. In 2004 5,300 NZ students entered the examinations in almost 14,000 subject entries, rising from 1,200candidates in just over 3,000 subject entries in 2002.

Announcing the results,John Morris, Chairperson of ASCNZ said, ".Schools are delighted by their students' achievements and it is very pleasing to see so many excelling at the international level. It is our experience that both teachers and students enjoy these courses and that the assessment procedures provide a good challenge for those sitting them."


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