St John Vianney’s student tops state for computer skills
A Year 4 student at St John Vianney’s Primary, Doonside has achieved the highest score for his year in NSW in an international computer skills competition.
Nine-year-old Rohan Krishnaswamy was the top performer in the state in Educational Assessment Australia’s (EAA) International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Computer Skills test. EAA is a not-for-profit testing organisation wholly owned and operated by the University of NSW (UNSW).
To achieve his outstanding result, Rohan had to answer a series of multiple choice questions on various aspects of computing including common operating systems and hardware, word processing, graphics and multimedia, spreadsheets and databases, Internet and email and programming and scripting.
For Rohan, winning the medal for the top score in NSW was a pleasing result.
‘I entered the competition to test my computer knowledge. I like computing because it’s fun, easy, and it will help me in the future as I either want to work for Microsoft or to be a scientist.’
Principal, Glenn Patchell said the school was exceptionally proud of Rohan’s achievement.
‘Participation in competitions such ICAS are an opportunity for students to extend themselves and to see how they are going in comparison to other students around the world. At St John Vianney’s we have a high focus on IT and Rohan’s interest in this area has been fostered by the teachers and supported by his family at home.’
Every student taking part in an ICAS test receives a detailed diagnostic paper and online reports measuring their progress from previous years and a UNSW certificate acknowledging their level of achievement. At St John Vianney’s Primary, all students who achieve a credit, distinction or high distinction in an ICAS competition are presented with a trophy.
‘We place a high priority on academic achievement and this is a way of celebrating the students’ success at school level,’ added Glenn.
Rohan was presented with his first place medal at ceremony at the University of NSW on Friday 21 November.
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