1. Four SJI International students earn IGCSE ‘Top in the World’ awards

Four SJI International students earn IGCSE ‘Top in the World’ awards

Published on 03 Aug 2021

Four students from SJI International have placed Singapore on the global academic map yet again after achieving the highest honours for last November’s International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations.

Jenny Zhuo, Isha Rajadhyax and Kelly Hangchi earned the prestigious Top in the World awards for Art & Design, Co-ordinated Sciences, and Literature in English, respectively.

Tanya Rai won for Hindi as a Second Language and International Mathematics, making her the second SJI International student to win two Top in the World awards.

“I have had problems focusing for many years and when I really need to focus I will study beside my mother. But during my IGCSEs, she had to travel to India – one of the countries worst-hit by COVID – because my grandparents were unwell. This led to a very stressful environment at home. As a result, this is so unexpected and it means so much to me,” said Tanya.

“My only goal was that I wanted to do my best no matter what… I dedicate this to my friends who were wonderful company throughout,” she added.

Tanya Rai receiving the Outstanding Cambridge Learning Award 

Tanya also thanked maths teacher Patrick Denousse and Hindi teacher Jyoti Ahuja for supporting her.

This is the second time our school has won multiple Top in the World awards.

“To be 'top in the world' is such a tremendous accolade for our students who have worked incredibly hard to achieve these results. We are so proud of each and every one of them,” shared Mrs Roisin Paul, High School Principal. 

The awards are given by Cambridge University to the top-performing student for each subject in the IGCSE, one of the world's most popular international qualifications for 14 to 16-year-olds. Students from almost 5,000 schools in over 145 countries around the world take the exams each year.

165 SJI International students sat the IGCSE exams last November. As a cohort, they achieved 58.6% A* grades, making them the best performing cohort in the school's history.

SJI International has a policy of entering students for the most appropriately challenging course and so numbers taking first and second language Chinese, and additional mathematics continue to rise.

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