SJI International bags Top in the World awards for IGCSE exams

THREE 16-year-old students broke new ground for St Joseph's Institution International (SJII) this month by winning four Top in the World awards for last November's International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams.

Pham Minh Tue from Vietnam received the award for additional mathematics, while Singaporean Juan Ru Hoong won for international mathematics.

Joshua Fung from Malaysia won for additional mathematics and coordinated science, making him the first SJII student to win two Top in the World awards.

"It is a great honour and I am very, very pleased," said Joshua, who lives with his grandmother, whom he called "a solid rock of support". His father, a lawyer, and mother, a doctor, live in Malaysia. Joshua also thanked maths teacher Patrick Denousse, who taught all three award winners, for inspiring him.

This is the first time the school, which had 123 students sit the exams last year, has won four Top in the World awards.

They are given by Cambridge University to the top performing student for each subject in the IGCSE, which is the world's most popular international qualification for 14 to 16-year-olds.

It is taken in more than 2,900 schools in 144 countries around the world.

Other international schools here also did well. Shasta Kaul, 17, from Anglo-Chinese School (International) won the award for her performance in the IGCSE English literature examination.

The prefect, student councillor and Model United Nations club president from India was thrilled to have won for her favourite subject. "With literature, I can express my personality through my analysis," said Shasta, whose parents are a finance professional and a housewife, when asked what motivates her.

"I really thank my parents for instilling in me the passion for it."

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