Students from the Vijay International School, Praslin were once again celebrating this week, following the publication of A-Level results. In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, A-Level examinations went ahead as normal at VISP with students sitting their papers throughout May and June 2021. On top of the usual stress of revision, this year’s graduates had to contend with school opening and closing and additional health protocol in the exams themselves. This means that the class of 2021 is a resilient and self-motivating crop of students.
A-Level results were again excellent with 100% of VISP students passing all exams at that level for the 3rd consecutive year. Rona Pirame was the highest achieving A2 Level student, having gained the necessary grades to move on and study Marine Biology at Plymouth University in the UK. Trishia Labiche, Rasika Pillay and Amadine Leste all also performed well and secured the grades required to access their first choice university overseas.
The first year A-Level students performed exceptionally well in their AS examinations, with an amazing 79% of AS grades being awarded at C or above. Some outstanding individual successes were also recorded with Noah Labuschagne scoring 4 A grades and 1 B, Phineas Samraj scoring 4 A grades and Nathan Ernesta scoring 2 A grades and 1 B.
Headteacher Mark Howell paid tribute to the work ethic of these students, who complete these exams in such difficult circumstances. “In many countries students did not sit examinations this year due to concerns about COVID-19, however in Seychelles the tests went ahead as normal, despite school closures. This meant that these students had to prepare for these exams independently with only remote teacher support for periods of time. These students should be more proud than ever with their achievements, which are very well deserved indeed.” Mr Howell went on to praise parents and staff for their contributions to these results. “COVID has changed the role of teachers and parents in the education of young people. Staff had to adapt to delivering the curriculum in a mixture of face to face and remote lessons whilst parents had to support students to a greater extent than is usual. These results really are therefore a community effort and we should all be proud of the outcomes given the very difficult circumstances.”
Places at VISP are still available for September in some classes, including IGCSE and A-Level classes and enrolment is taking place now. Prospective families should be made aware that waiting lists are now in effect in some primary classes. Please email Headteacher Mark Howell at [email protected] for any further details about the school.