Students’ excellence recognised by Cambridge

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Two students from Garden International School (GIS) have been to a special ceremony after achieving world-class exam results.

Hyo Kyung (Sarah) Chi was named as 1st in Thailand for IGCSE Music and IGCSE Combined Science following the May 2013 examination sessions.

Sirin Pornthipsakul (Yeen) was named as 1st in the world for IGCSE Thai.

Sarah and Yeen went to Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok, on November 28 for the Cambridge Outstanding Learner Awards. Also there were their families and IGCSE Co-ordinator at GIS, Mr Stokes.

Sarah and Yeen, together with their families, at the Cambridge Outstanding Learner Awards in Bangkok.Sarah and Yeen, together with their families, at the Cambridge Outstanding Learner Awards in Bangkok.

They were presented with their special awards by the British Ambassador to Thailand, HE Mr Mark Kent. GIS was the only international school from the Eastern Seaboard region to be fortunate enough to have award-winning students at this year’s ceremony.

Yeen, 16, from Rayong, joined Garden in 2009. She said, “After the exam, I didn’t expect to get even an A because Thai is quite a hard subject for me. When I knew my score was the best in the world I was impressed!”

Sarah collects one of her two awards from British Ambassador HE Mr Mark Kent.

Yeen gained 7 IGCSEs in total, with grades ranging from A* to B. Sarah, meanwhile, was awarded 6 A*s and 2 As. Yeen and Sarah are now studying in GIS’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams are the world’s most popular international curriculum for 14-16 year olds.

Top in the world! Yeen is given her award from British Ambassador HE Mr Mark Kent.Top in the world! Yeen is given her award from British Ambassador HE Mr Mark Kent.

This year’s IGCSE results were the best-ever at GIS, with 86 percent of entries gaining an A*-C grade. GIS, based in Ban Chang near Pattaya, has been offering IGCSE examinations since 1996.