Well done brave Year 11 students

Issue 0715_Cambridge studentsImagine a group of students that is asked by their principal to undertake a year-long course in one term of just five sessions. Imagine that the course has an exam at the end of it.

Dr Burgis wishes to congratulate the twenty-plus students who took on the Cambridge 'A' Level General Studies Paper this year as volunteers.

“I am so very impressed by these students,” he said. “They took the risk of doing a course in a very short time, not for the mark, nor for the accolades, simply to challenge themselves. They are an exceptional group of young women.”

“The Cambridge General Paper is a great challenge because it expects students to read widely and to keep up-to-date with current affairs. We need to make sure our students are ready to take on the world when they exit,” he said. “I asked Year 11 to give it a go with me. They have responded brilliantly. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching them about logic and argument.”

These students took on the challenge because Cambridge is a different system, with high expectations. Students have not learned new material but have learned how to refashion current material. They have experimented in writing essays in different ways.

Students in our current Year 10 group are also undertaking the Cambridge General Studies Paper, but with the luxury of a year to do the course.

Good learners think. They think critically. We are very proud of these 24 students who volunteered to undertake a crash course in logic, rhetoric and critical thinking so that they could complete this paper.

Young women need to think about everything in the Universe. We are very proud of these students who had a go at this paper. They undertook no formal study in the topics – simply in how to argue a viewpoint. They kept themselves up-to-date with news and reviewed 'big ideas' with the Principal.

We look forward to seeing how they fare.

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