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Siblings make St Mary’s proud

Kieren and Drew Cahill at the UNSW Global ICAS presentation ceremony

SIBLINGS Kieren and Drew Cahill are eager to return to school on January 23.

The excited students have great news to share with staff and fellow students at St Mary’s School, Beaudesert, about the medals the University of New South Wales (UNSW) presented them with during the holidays.

The pair received individual International Competitions and Assessments (ICAS) medals from representatives of UNSW Global at a presentation ceremony held at the Brisbane Convention Centre attended by family, friends and St Mary’s Principal Kevin Billion.

ICAS is an independent, skills-based assessment program that recognises and rewards primary and secondary student achievement.

Assessments are conducted annually in Australia as well as more than 20 other countries.

Students with the top score in each subject in each year level are awarded a medal

In 2017 more than 980,000 entries were received with only 514 students from Australia and 100 students from New Zealand and the Pacific Region awarded medals for their outstanding achievement.

Kieren received her medal for the highest score in Year 5 Digital Technologies while brother Drew earned his for the highest score in Year 3 Mathematics.

Mr Billion said the entire school community was very proud of them both.

“Kieren is a fine, diligent student who is humble and hard-working and will be involved in our youth ministry (this year),” he said.

“Her younger brother Drew has just finished grade three and has very strong talents in mathematics.”

He said it was an outstanding achievement to win an ICAS medal but very rare for siblings at the same awards ceremony to be recognised for scoring top results.

“They are both highly intelligent and capable children and St Mary’s is extraordinarily proud of their achievements,” he said.

“We are pleased to have contributed in some way by differentiating the curriculum to cater for their education needs.”

Mother, Melissa, said it was the second time Kieren had won the medal for digital technology, having also won when she was in Year 3

“They did quite a bit of study for the assessments on the weekends, studying old UNSW ICAS papers from the past three or four years," Melissa said.

“They both enjoy playing on the computer and working with programs like PowerPoint to make stories and graphics,” she said.


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