Alice Matheson, 11, with the gold medal she received for scoring full marks in a NSW/ACT English exam.
Alice Matheson, 11, with the gold medal she received for scoring full marks in a NSW/ACT English exam.

Goonellabah student aces English test

By HELEN JACK

ALICE MATHESON doesn't know yet what she wants to do with the rest of her life.

But, as one of seven University of NSW International Competition and Assessment for School (ICAS) English champions, young Alice has a pretty good measure of her abilities.

"I am really proud," said Alice, 11, a student at Goonellabah Public School.

Alice sat the exam two months ago along with every other NSW and ACT primary school student and achieved the amazing result of 100 per cent.

Alice's teacher Stephanie Wallace said Alice is part of the school's gifted students program.

"Along with the other students in the class, Alice regularly gets distinctions and high distinctions," she said.

"But it was rare for students sitting the exam to achieve 100 per cent."

Mrs Wallace said the test challenged the children. "It's a chance for them to experience a test situation."

Sitting with her shiny gold medallion marking her achievement, Alice found it hard not to smile and giggle with delight at the thought of her achievement.

So does this change anything for this budding literary master?

"No not really, I'm just really proud I got it," said Alice. "I will cherish it for the rest of my life."



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