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1 February 2018

Kumon student tops NSW ICAS English exam

Ten-year-old Kimberley Dawson reads books, “Everywhere I go, literally everywhere.”

And she just doesn’t love to read stories, she loves to create them. At school, and in Kumon tuition, English is Kimberley’s favourite subject.

“Writing is one of my most favourite things to do and people write about things in English,” Kimberley says. “You can make up characters and you can make them do whatever you want. You can make it a funny story; you can make it a sad story, a mysterious story, you can make it anything.”

Kimberley’s dedication to and passion for English also shows. She scored 100 per cent on her latest ICAS English exam, topping the state in her year level in English. She received a certificate and a medal for this achievement.

ICAS is an international test measuring student ability in subjects like maths and English. One million student entries are accepted from over 6,300 schools in Australia and New Zealand annually. In addition, students from over 20 countries participate in ICAS each year.

John Dawson, Kimberley’s father, says he is “extremely proud” of Kimberley’s achievement, but not surprised.

“I knew that she was going to do well because I’ve been watching her over the years,” John says. “The first time she did the ICAS, for example, she was in the top seven percent, and then the next year she was in the top four percent.”

Kimberley begins Year 5 in an OC program this year. She is also a student at Kumon Castle Hill - Terminus Street, and she says Kumon helped develop her natural affinity for English.

“At first I thought I was doing well just because I was reading books, but that’s not it,” Kimberley says. “Kumon’s helped me a lot, it’s helped me to progress further than the actual ICAS English standard and the test was a bit easy because of Kumon.”

Kimberley is not sure yet of what she wants to be when she grows up, though she suggested maybe “becoming part-author, and part something else.”

Kumon is an individualised and complementary maths and English programme designed to help children develop the ability to self-learn. Around 53,600 students are currently enrolled in 330 Kumon Centres across Australia and New Zealand. Kumon is also the world’s largest after-school education provider with 4.3 million enrolments across 50 countries.

Kimberley Dawson (right) with her father John (left) at Kumon Castle Hill - Terminus Street.

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