NZ Exclusive Brethren school takes top spot in global competition

Exclusive Brethren school, Westmount, has taken out first place in a global online learning series, beating more than 1,600 schools around the world. 

Westmount students have come out on top as the highest ranked school in the annual Education Perfect World Series for 2017. The series saw more than 500,000 students from more than 1,600 schools competing across five events covering social sciences, languages, maths, English and science.

Students answered questions aligned to the New Zealand curriculum, earning points for questions they answered correctly. Westmount students answered 1,405,518 questions and spent 4,581 hours learning and revising, with students achieving 685 individual awards.

Westmount regional principal Jon Bowen says that to be first in the world is recognition for students’ high level of motivation and self-direction. “Through Education Perfect, our students have engaged in areas of learning that are already traditional components within our school curriculum. It has enhanced a voyage of learning discovery, particularly in the area of languages, and enabled positive progress for learners in years seven to 13.”

Considered to be the world’s largest online learning event, the Education Perfect World Series is strategically designed to motivate, engage, and inspire students towards academic success. Education Perfect CEO, Craig Smith, says: “We’re passionate about the role Education Perfect can play in students’ learning, and are incredibly proud of everyone that participated this year. When students discover a love of learning and we can give them more confidence, everyone wins.”

Mr Smith says the success of Westmount School is “nothing short of impressive”.

Westmount School is a private school which operates multiple campuses in Northland, Kaipara, Auckland, Waikato, East Coast, Manawatu, Taranaki, Wellington, Tasman, Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury, Dunedin and Invercargill. 

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Jim Seumanu
Jim Seumanu
6 years ago

I’m a teacher at Westmount School. I was so pleased to see this article because this result was well earned. The school leads the way in 21st century education, but often flies under the media radar. All teachers are from outside of the Brethren Community, we get fantastic support to grow and develop in our professional practice. It’s a great place to work and learn in and, without doubt, the best school I’ve ever worked in.

6 years ago

Wow. Well done, although it is terrible sad how when I was a member of this cult not that many years ago, I was “shut up” (not allowed any social contact with anyone or to attend any church events until I confessed and repented) for being wicked enough to use a computer at school, and the same also happened to me for winning at school sports, as apparently back then, God did not take pleasure in our human ability. This also happened to many people, and some even had their whole families taken off them over the issue of using computers and other wireless technology. Oh, how times have changed. Here’s hoping its for the better.

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