New Delhi, 18th February, 2015: Young film makers from schools in Pune and Noida have won study trips to Australian Universities, awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment – a department of University of Cambridge – and the Australian Trade Commission in India.
Students from Vibgyor High School in Pune and STEP by STEP School in Noida beat 96 other entrants in a competition to produce short films for the International Schools Video Competition.
Organised by Cambridge English and the Australian Trade Commission, the competition was sponsored by National Australian Bank and Singapore Airlines. Their prizes – one week study trips to Australia – are provided by Curtin University in Perth Western Australia and Bond University in Queensland.
Ms Serena Susan Abraham and Ms Yogita Tahilram of Vibgyor High School in Pune produced a video on Astronomy which impressed the judges with its well-crafted storyline, its artistic freshness, and its sense of humour. As a result, they and their teacher Ms Neelshri Singh will travel to Curtin University, Western Australia’s largest and most multi-cultural university to get a taste of what it is like to study in an Australian university.
Mr Dhruv Sachdev and Ms Gauri Ahuja from STEP by STEP School in Noida created a highly professional video on Digital Business which was praised for its technical skill, its imaginative treatment of the subject and it’s excellent storyline, both written and oral. Their prize is a trip to Bond University in Queensland, accompanied by their teacher Mr Rajakrishnan. Like Curtin University, Bond is known for offering education of the highest international standard.
The prizes were presented by The Australian High Commissioner to India Mr Patrick Suckling in a ceremony at the High Commission at Chanakyapuri, New Delhi on 11 February.
Ms Angela ffrench, Cambridge English Director of Operations for South Asia said “The Australian Trade Commission and Cambridge English decided to run this competition to showcase the excellent standards of English which so many students achieve in schools all across India, and to encourage them to use the language as part of a creative project. Research shows that the students who learn English most effectively are those who use it outside the classroom, making it part of their everyday lives, and we hope the success of these talented young film-makers will be an inspiration to other students in India.”
She added “We were delighted by the very high standards demonstrated by all the entrants to our competition, and we would like to congratulate all the students and schools who took part.”
The 1st Runner-Up for Digital Business is Billabong High International School, Bhopal and the 2nd Runner-Up is The British School, Delhi.
The 1st Runner-Up for Astronomy is National Academy for Learning, Bangalore and the 2nd Runner-Up is D Y Patil International School, Mumbai.
About Cambridge English Language Assessment
‘’Cambridge English Language Assessment is part of the University of Cambridge. We develop and produce the most valuable range of qualifications for learners and teachers of English in the world. Over 5 million Cambridge English exams are taken each year in more than 130 countries. Around the world over 15,000 universities, employers, government ministries and other organisations rely on our exams and qualifications as proof of English language ability. Cambridge English exams are backed by the work of the largest dedicated research team of any English language test provider. Cambridge English Language Assessment – a not-for-profit organisation.’’