International students praised

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Rouzbeh Mohtasham Ansari with Mr Greg Prior
Rouzbeh Mohtasham Ansari with Mr Greg Prior, Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance

Yawen (Kirstan) Xing with Mr Li Huaxin
Yawen (Kirstan) Xing with His Excellency Mr Li Huaxin, Consul General of the People's Republic of China

The Department of Education Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance Greg Prior has praised the academic excellence, leadership, service and achievement of international students who studied at NSW government schools last year.

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Speaking at the International Student Awards on 27 February 2015, Mr Prior said 96 students from China, Vietnam, Korea, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and Iran who attended 44 NSW government schools were nominated for the awards.

Mr Prior presented the School Service Award to Rouzbeh Mohtasham Ansari from Iran, who studied at Castle Hill High School.

The Academic Achievement Award winner, Yawen (Kirstan) Xing from China, who studied at Burwood Girls High School was presented with her award by His Excellency Mr Li Huaxin, Consul General of the People's Republic of China.

"Kirstan gained the highest Australian Tertiary Entrance Rank of 99.9 in the 2014 Higher School Certificate," Mr Prior said.

"She was placed top of Burwood Girls High School in English (English as a Second Language), Maths Extension 1 and Chemistry.

"Kirstan stands out in a strong field of academic achievement among international students with 23-per-cent of the 588 students who sat for the HSC joining the Distinguished Achievers merit list for scoring over 90 in a subject.

"Rouzbeh's commitment to Castle Hill High School and the local community was remarkable and a great example to all.

"He was a "Big Brother" mentor and helped set up many school events.

"Rouzbeh was also a leader in his community and for various charities including Daffodil Day, Jeans for Genes, Pink Ribbon Day, Westmead Children's Hospital Appeal and Canteen Bandana Day."

Mr Prior said that in 2014 there were 4,422 international student enrolments in 280 NSW government schools.

"International students make an important contribution as individuals to the cultural richness of their schools and communities," Mr Prior said.

"I hope the cultural understanding this brings continues to flourish in our schools, our communities and our state and that the friendships and connections our international students develop at school grow throughout their lives."

International Student Awards Ceremony Group Photo

Left to right: Mr Greg Prior, Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance, Rouzbeh Mohtasham Ansari, Yawen (Kirstan) Xing, His Excellency Mr Li Huaxin, Consul General of the People's Republic of China and Ms Elizabeth Webber, R/Director, International Students - Schools, DE International.

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Published: 05 March 2015

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