Achieving the top Mathematics score across all students who completed ICAS assessments in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific regions is an outstanding achievement by our Year 9 student, Alia Cauty. Her fantastic result has seen her earn a High Distinction award and medal, which she will receive at a special celebration at Auckland University this month. Alia says her score came as a surprise. “I wasn’t expecting it at all. There were a few questions that were difficult but I just chilled out and tried my best to figure them out and hoped.” After almost completing her first full year at Long Bay College Alia says she is really enjoying her studies. Mathematics has always been one of her strong subjects and she says she has enjoyed growing her skills under the guidance of her Mathematics teacher, Ms Boran Alkhudairi. “She is so good at explaining things thoroughly and giving time one to one.” ICAS assessments were developed for students in primary and secondary school years and assess higher order thinking and problem-solving skills.