Last term all students undertook the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) English Competition. The ICAS exam assesses reading and language skills in a range of contexts. Skills assessed include, reading for meaning in literary texts, reading for meaning in factual texts, textual devices, syntax and vocabulary. The questions require students to locate, identify, interpret, infer and synthesise information in and about texts. Students read a variety of texts which narrate, describe, explain, argue, persuade and review.
This is a an important competition, with more than one million student entries accepted from over 6,300 schools in Australia and New Zealand annually. This year, many of our students achieved excellent results, with a number of students receiving Distinction and High Distinction certificates. One student who has achieved an outstanding result is Eeleen Tey; who received the top score in the state for year 10 students, in English. In recognition of this, Eeleen will be the recipient of a UNSW medal. This is an incredible achievement, as there were 980,000 entries and only 514 students from Australia and 100 students from New Zealand and the Pacific Region were awarded medals for their outstanding achievement. Eeleen will be invited to attend a medal ceremony later this year. Congratulations Eeleen on this fantastic result!