Allandale Primary: pupils excel in national olympiad

2009-12-01 00:00

ALLANDALE Primary School will end the year on a high, celebrating the achievements of its pupils who excelled in the National Natural Science Olympiads.

Two grade 4 pupils, Revania ­Pillay (10) and Joash Nandhlal (9), clinched second and third positions respectively in the competition. The school was placed first overall out of 112 participating schools.

Grade 7 pupil Suhail Syed (13) also took second position in his grade category.

Principal Vassie Rajah described the achievement as “excellent and something to be proud of”.

“It feels good. And I have to say that there has been a great amount of perseverance from the children and their teacher.”

Last year, the school was placed third overall, although one of their grade 4 pupils came first.

“They have made a great comback considering that there were 112 schools participating in this category, and for our children to come second and third out of 1 494 other children in that grade is quite outstanding,” said Rajah.

Their teacher, Lalitha Ramdutt, said her motivation comes from wanting to see her pupils do well in life.

“As a teacher, you recognise the talent and you want to push them and see them achieve beyond their limits.”

However, she said, credit goes to the children for sacrificing their breaks for extra tuition since they could not work after school.

Suhail’s teacher believes it is his inquisitive mind, fuelled by his love for reading, that allowed him to claim second position in the Olympiad.

This is his second outstanding achievement. He excelled in grade 4 while Ramdutt’s pupil, in her first year at the school.

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