George Street Normal School pupils Paxton Hall (left) and William Scharpf with their gold medals this week. Photo by Craig Baxter.
George Street Normal School may have to change its name.
The Dunedin school's achievements have been anything but
normal over the past two years.
Pupils won five gold medals in the University of New South
Wales International Competitions and Assessments for Schools
(ICAS) last year and have made it a golden double this year.
William Scharpf (10) was awarded the 2012 ICAS year 6 science
gold medal, and Paxton Hall (9) the year 4 mathematics gold
medal this week.
William also won a gold medal in year 5 mathematics last
ICAS exams have been held in New Zealand for the past 18
years and attract more than 150,000 entries every year.
Principal Rod Galloway said the medals reflected the hard
work pupils had put into the competition.
''Our children have participated in record numbers in many
areas, won the ODT Extra! Otago current events quiz, and
Dunedin mathematics competition,'' he said.
Mr Galloway put the school's success down to ''naturally able
children, high-quality teaching and strengths-based