Two year 4 pupils at Newbridge Heights Public at Chipping Norton recently came first in the state in the International Competitions & Assessments for Schools, or ICAS.
This is an independent skills-based assessment program comprising six competitions for primary and secondary students to assess basic skills and learning abilities.
Newbridge Heights' pupils Graydon Nguyen placed first in NSW in the year 4 English competition and Nick Nguyen placed first in NSW in the year 4 maths competition.
The University of NSW runs the tests here and offers competitions in English, maths, science, spelling, writing and digital technologies. They're designed to match and test skills learned in the classroom and are updated each year.
They're reviewed by teachers to ensure accurate assessment of skills and relevance to classroom topics. The competitions use a variety of multiple-choice questions relevant to the child's year level.
This year the competitions were done online.
Students in over 20 countries participate, including in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.
Afterwards, all students got a letter stating their individual results and indicating which questions were answered correctly, as well as the average mark for the state.