Pupils win gold for maths, science

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 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 year.

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 learning''.

- nigel.benson@odt.co.nz

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