Vijay International School Praslin
You are not born for yourself...but for the world
Vijay International School, Baie St Anne, Praslin, Seychelles
Students from the Vijay International School, Praslin were once again celebrating this week, following the publication of IGCSE and A-Level results. The school has already established a reputation for outstanding results at IGCSE Level and over the past 2 years has shown rapidly improving A-Level exam results too.
This year, A-Level results were outstanding with 100% of students passing all exams at that level. Overall 87% of exams were awarded at C grade or above, a figure which would be well above the average for a school in the UK and well above most international schools worldwide. In particular, there were outstanding academic performances by Chloe Verlaque, Mandy Omath and Sumitha Pillay. These exceptional results mark yet another step forward for the school in terms of A-Level success and open doors in terms of university places for these students.
IGCSE results from the school were again pleasing with many students achieving the 5 grades at A* - C benchmark. The top academic performers were Trishia Labiche, Rona Pirame and Amadine Leste. All students at VISP sit a minimum of 9 IGCSE's and therefore leave school with a broad range of qualifications to take on to post-secondary education. A notable mention should also go to S4 student Charlotte Vanacore who secured 3 A*, 3A, 1B and 1C grade, having sat several exams a year early.
Headteacher Mark Howell was very pleased with the results. He said, "These A-Level student have now earned the right to go on and study at Unisey, in the UK, in Switzerland and in Malaysia on courses ranging from Law to Hotel Management. It is pleasing that once again a small school on a small island can enable students to access such high quality tertiary education. Students at both IGCSE and A-Level should be congratulated on their successes and we wish them all the best in the future."
15 VISP students took part in the 2019 Australian Maths Competition. The AMC is an international competition run by the Australian Maths Trust and attempts to rewards the highest achieving Maths students globally. Students sit an exam and are given a mark and percentile ranking against other students their age.
All VISP students received a pass mark with a school best of 6 students gaining a ‘Distinction’, meaning they were within the top 20% of students in the age category globally. Ved Vithani, Slok Vithani, Davide Bouchereau, Victoria Rouillon, Phin Samraj and Noah Labuschagne all secured a prestigious Distinction in their test. In particular Ved fell within the top 6% globally, Victoria within the top 8% and Davide within the top 10%.
In addition, Grace Weaver, Sahashra Singreddy, Berachah Porpatham, Daniel Drotsky and Nelza Gardette all scored ‘Credit’ marks with Jessica Drotsky, Karthick Savariradjou, Aneira Cousin, and Stuti Vithani all gaining ‘Pass’ grades.
The competition, which takes place each September is run every year at the school with letters of entry circulated shortly before the long holiday each year.
Maxim le Gac scored the 2nd highest mark in the world in IGCSE French in 2018. Following his presentation by the exam board in June, he, along with other high achievers in Seychelles, received a special prize from the President of Seychelles. Maxim, along with his parents and Mr Howell, were invited to State House for the afternoon to participate in the presentation.
Sadly, these awards are based on the November exam series, in which VISP, along with ISS, sits few exams and therefore many of our students are ineligible for these awards. Fortunately however, Maxim sit his French 18 months early and was therefore able to secure this prestigious honour.
Four children from Vallee De Mai club were lucky enough to be invited to take part in 'World Wetlands Day 2020' with the Seychelles Islands Foundation. Members of TRASS and Raffles also attended and gave some interesting talks about the importance of our marshlands. We were then separated off into groups to take part in a variety of activities. We assessed the water quality and discussed our findings, looked at the different sea life, plants and birds that are commonly found in and around a marsh and also planted a number of mangrove seedlings.
We really enjoyed learning new things and are looking forward to sharing our new knowledge with the rest of the Vallee De Mai club!
Thanks to the generosity of the PTA and Vijay Construction, the children of Reception 1 and 2 are benefitting from some big changes in the Early Childhood section.
We are excited to have a newly installed Jungle Gym and a fully resurfaced playground to the rear of the building – the children love it!
Meanwhile indoors, a spectacular retractable wall means our ever-growing section now offers two fully air-conditioned classrooms, providing comfortable learning environments for both classes.
Further improvements to the classrooms and the outside space are expected over the next 12 months so watch this space!
Fregate were the eventual winners after two hard fought days of competition at this year’s sports day. After the last couple of years have been very close, this proved not to be the case this year with Fregate winning by the widest margin ever. The lead was already commanding after the field events with Mikael Karlsson setting a new school record in the high jump. Desroches managed to keep things somewhat interesting in the field events with school records for Calvin Esther in High Jump and Antoine Vargiolu in Shot Putt.
Entering the track events, Fregate already had a commanding lead and cemented victory with outstanding performances from Ronel Marie, Jahnila Brioche, Naida Stravens, Jean-Claude Grandcourt, Ruth Stravens and Luke Burian, all of whom won multiple events.
Despite the winning margin, there were some outstanding individual performances within the other houses. Desroches talisman and athletics superstar, Antoine Vargiolu, once again stole the headlines with new school records in Shot Putt, 100m and 200m as well as the relay along with team mates Dean Jean-Louis, Doger Rose and Calvin Esther. Dean was another top performer for Desroches setting a new record in the 100m for his age group.
Meanwhile for Aldabra, although they came third overall, Camilla Cupidon emerged as their best athlete gaining a new record in the girls 100m and winning a number of other events.
We now look forward to taking a large team to the La Digue heats next month.