On Wednesday 18th September, Shrewsbury International School was honoured to celebrate yet more examination accolades for our students at the inaugural Pearson Outstanding Achievement Awards. The Awards have been established to recognise students who have attained the highest individual marks in the Edexcel board’s examinations in Thailand, in Asia and across the World.
The ceremony, the first ever such event for Pearson in Thailand, saw 73 students from 14 different schools being honoured at the beautiful Shangri-La Hotel venue. However, it was Shrewsbury that featured most prominently of all schools, with 44 Shrewsbury students collecting no less than 48 awards between them, some way ahead of the 6 awards collected by the next most featured school. At the most recent equivalent annual ceremony of the CIE examination board, Shrewsbury students were also the most decorated of any school in Thailand, continuing a long running trend for Thailand’s most successful school.
And just like the CIE awards, Shrewsbury’s students earned their prizes in a range of subjects this time around, with Modern Foreign Languages featuring heavily in the Pearson list. In addition to several Top in Thailand awards, students also scored Top in Asia and Top in the World marks. Music Scholar, Karuna Taesopapong, achieved the Highest Mark in Asia in her French GCSE, Wanrada (Belle) Kordumrong achieved the same accolade in Spanish, while both Thanyataun (Thanya) Fox and Zoe Evans (winner of two awards) received the Highest Mark in the World for GCSE Religious Studies.
Speaking of her own department’s notable success, Ms Pethybridge, Head of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) at Shrewsbury said, “We are incredibly proud of our students who put so much hard work into their Modern Foreign Language studies, and grateful for the dedication of their teachers in helping them to achieve such remarkable success. It is a huge honour to receive this recognition from Pearson, and with awards being gained in each of the MFL languages taught here, an excellent indication of the strength of language learning at Shrewsbury”.
Mrs Pethybridge continues, “Opting to continue to study a languag ze at GCSE shows a significant dedication to the development of both linguistic skills and cultural awareness - even more impressive in an environment where students are often undertaking their other subjects in their second or even third language. My sincere congratulations to all of our students on their success.”
The Pearson Awards Ceremony also offered a stage for our Music Scholars to show their creativity and performing talent, as they performed two original compositions by our own A level musicians, including Music and Chinese exam award-winner, Varis (Tay) Sirisook. The audience were also delighted to listen to an inspiring piece composed by fellow music scholar Pannita (Eve) Mamanee. Both pieces represented the finest Shrewsbury has to offer and were quite rightly, appreciated by all. As well as providing warmly appreciated entertainment for the awards guests, the event was a valuable performance opportunity for the musicians ahead of the upcoming Music Scholars concert (10th October) and in the lead up to the prestigious Last Night of the Proms concert (7th November).
As ever, it is a pleasure to see so many students efforts celebrated in an event such as the Pearson Awards and a huge congratulations to all that were recognised.