Katelyn Dyer, a Year 8 student at Good Shepherd Lutheran College, has been presented with a medal for achieving the highest score in Year 8 English for the whole of Australia at the recent International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Medal Presentation Ceremony at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Commonly referred to as the University of New South Wales (UNSW) competitions, Katelyn was one of only ten recipients in Australia to receive such an honour.
According to Mr Michael Stock, Deputy Principal at Good Shepherd, this is an extraordinary outcome, especially given Katelyn also received Distinctions in the 2017 Mathematics, Science, and Writing competitions.
“Katelyn received a medal for the 2015 Year 6 English competition. To win a second ICAS Medal is outstanding,” said Mr Stock.
“Katelyn’s reaction was one of surprise and elation when she was announced as the winner of a Year 8 ICAS English medal at the College’s ICAS awards assembly.”
When asked about her achievement, Katelyn was very down to earth and focussed on the experience of the competitions more than the outcome.
‘‘The UNSW competitions are great to participate in, as they contain a range of interesting and challenging questions that test all sorts of skills, not just those being taught at a particular point in time.”
“It is also good to be able to compare my results to those of Year 8 students all around Australia, not just those in my school or class,” said Katelyn.
Mr Stock said Good Shepherd had participated in the competition for over 17 years, and students did exceptionally well this year.
“Good Shepherd students received 93 Distinctions, 315 Credits and 164 Merits; as well as seven students who received High Distinctions, which are awarded to the top 1% of entrants nationally.”
“We congratulate our students on their outstanding achievements and we are so proud of their efforts,” said Mr Stock.
Good Shepherd has also entered into a partnership with UNSW Global Assessments as a Lighthouse School.
This partnership program, limited to 10 schools in Australia, is designed to develop and maintain excellence in student assessment practices.
The UNSW Competitions are a competition, coordinated by schools, for students in Years 2-12 from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region.
Generally, parents nominate their child to sit the competition, which is offered in the categories of English, Mathematics, Science, Spelling, Writing and Digital Technologies.
This year, the UNSW competition received over 980,000 entries, but only 514 students from Australia, and 100 students from New Zealand and the Pacific Region, were awarded medals for their outstanding achievement.
Further information on the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) can be found at https://www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/