14 Feb 2018

Wednesday 14 February 2018

King’s College is proud to have been congratulated by the Cambridge International Examinations Board for producing some of the best-performing learners in New Zealand, and around the world, in the June 2017/November 2017 examination series.

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The King’s College examination results produced four ‘Top in the World’ grades, four ‘Top in the Country’ grades and eight ‘High Achievement’ grades.

For our four ‘Top in the World’ students, the grade signifies that the students have achieved the highest standard mark in the world in their individual subject.

“I’m delighted by the results King’s College students have received in CIE again this year”, says Headmaster Simon Lamb. “They continue to excel, are an inspiration to the staff who have taught them and a role model for students looking to achieve as impressively.”

Last year more than two million students sat Cambridge examinations in more than 10,000 schools in countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, United States, China, India and Singapore, as well as throughout Europe, South America and the Middle East.

The outstanding achievements of the students will be recognised at New Zealand’s Cambridge International Education awards ceremony and formal dinner on Thursday 22 February 2018 at the South Stand Lounge, Eden Park.

Qualification
Syllabus
Student Name
Cambridge Award

Cambridge International A Level

Mathematics

Cuyu Zheng

High Achievement

Cambridge International AS Level

Marine Science

Janneke Olivia Zwager

High Achievement

Cambridge International AS Level

Thinking Skills

Jonathan Joshua Ta

High Achievement

Cambridge IGCSE

Latin

Nicholas James Langrell-Read

High Achievement

Cambridge International A Level

French

Danuja Senith Thilakarathne

High Achievement

Cambridge International AS Level

Chinese Language

Yiming Amber Wang

High Achievement

Cambridge International A Level

Marine Studies

Guo Hao Ni

High Achievement

Cambridge International AS Level

Media Studies

Lily Louise Stelling

High Achievement

Cambridge International A Level

Classical Studies

Rohith Vinod Pillai

Top in Country

Cambridge International A Level

Design & Technology

Saksorn Sespattanachai

Top in Country

Cambridge International A Level

Economics

Marcus Gerbich-Pais

Top in Country

Cambridge International A Level

Geography

Joshua Christian Salthouse Grant

Top in Country

Cambridge International A Level

Literature in English

Lara Flynn Hodgson

Top in World

Cambridge International AS Level

Classical Studies

Fabiana Isabella Mazza-Carson

Top in World

Cambridge International AS Level

General Paper

Tanay Mukherjee

Top in World

Cambridge International AS Level

Thinking Skills

Harsh Prasad Talathi

Top in World

We caught up with the ‘Top in the World’ winners to hear how they prepared for their exams and how it felt to achieve such an accolade:

Harsh Prasad Talathi (Year 13, Major):

“I will freely admit that Thinking Skills is not a conventional subject but that was one of the main reasons why I took it. I found the subject very engaging and I felt that I really improved my level of thinking and reasoning over the course of the year. Another benefit is that there was something I could take from Thinking Skills into every other subject. It's not a course you take by itself but rather something you take to extend yourself to become a better learner and thinker.

In preparation for the end-of-year exams, I reserved to 6-7 hours each day for study. For Thinking Skills, I focused on getting into the mind of the examiner and looking at how he would approach the questions. This is something Mr. Coombe, my teacher for the subject, had drilled into me. My goal walking into the exam room was to impress the examiner and I think this focus is what gave me the edge.

I will say that I was bit shocked when I heard that I got Top in the World. I’d never imagined that I had done so well to receive such an accolade and it felt amazing to know that all my hard work preparing for the exams had paid off. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mr. Coombe and indeed all of my teachers for helping me develop as a learner and pushing me to do my very best.”

Tanay Mukherjee (Peart, 2016-17):

“I received a ‘Top in the World’ result in the AS General Paper, which is an essay-based exam focused on developing arguments in response to moral, philosophical and cultural questions. I decided to sit the paper as it tied in perfectly with the similar Law Admissions exam for UK universities.

My preparation consisted of wider reading around current affairs, philosophy and the law, whilst also recapping empirical knowledge gleamed from studying other CIE A level subjects. I was especially pleased with the result as it required aptitude across a range of different subject areas and the skills which were examined closely relate to my chosen tertiary degree.”

 

 

 

 

Fabiana Isabella Mazza-Carson (Year 13, Taylor):

“I received my award for Classical Studies. The paper was divided into ancient Greek and Roman cultural and historic studies, spanning from around 420BC to 19BC. To prepare for the exam, I ensured I knew the topics we were studying inside and out and from there I made essay plans covering every question our teacher had warned us might come up. I also wrote as many practice essays as I could with the aim of creating a style and structure I didn’t have to think about producing during the exam, so I could focus completely on content recall.

As for how it felt to receive this award, it was a little surreal to be honest! Although I was proud of my efforts on the day, no-one leaves an exam hall thinking the paper they just wrote is ‘top in the world’ worthy, especially not when it’s a qualification as widely observed as CIE.”