SJI International student Nathan Darius receives his Cambridge Top in the World Award from principal Brian Christian on June 8.SJI International student Nathan Darius receives his Cambridge Top in the World Award from principal Brian Christian on June 8.SJI International student Nathan Darius has beaten thousands of other students worldwide in achieving the highest score in the November 2011 Cambridge IGCSE Mathematics paper.

The Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is a popular international qualification for 14-16-year-olds. It is taken in 144 countries and in more than 2,900 schools around the world.

Darius received his Cambridge Top in the World award during his school’s scholarship awards ceremony on June 8.

The 16-year-old Indonesian, who joined SJI International in October 2010, is currently pursuing the two-year International Baccalaureate diploma programme at the school.

He told CatholicNews that SJI International “did a … lot in contributing” to his achievement.

He attributed his success in maths to his teachers, who prepared him for the exams with a diversity of maths problems, and the intensity of the workload he experienced.

“One of the skills I learnt was using the graphics display calculator which I did not have any clue of using before I entered SJI International,” he said.

Nathan, a Buddhist, shared that his parents and elder sister’s support helped him do well academically as they encouraged him to study new things early in life.

He also added that he finds it important to “seek a good balance” between studies, “socialising with friends” and engaging in sports and games. Without enough sports or relaxation time, it would be harder for him to concentrate on his studies, he said.

The school atmosphere also helped, he shared. “My learning is really supported by the people here, from the teachers, staff and students as everyone is friendly and there is an … atmosphere of togetherness,” he said.

By Martin See
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