We are of course referring to the annual Education Perfect Northern Championships 2020! Students from 283 schools around the world competed for points by learning and revising material from the wide range available on this Education Perfection e-learning platform.
As winners of this prestigious competition for the previous two years, to say that BIS Abu Dhabi students had a hard act to follow is an understatement. As the week-long competition got underway in November, the question on everyone’s minds was definitely, ‘could we maintain our winning streak?’
As the school rallied together and the points started racking up, by the end of day one we were still in first place. Complacency is a dangerous trait though, and whilst still performing admirably over the days following, we were eventually overtaken by our long-term rival, yet good friends, at the ABC international School in Vietnam.
Still, friendly competition aside, it was great to see the students broadening their horizons and covering material from Italian, to Indonesian, to Maori and not just subjects in the standard curriculum. When you look at our impressive statistics, BIS Abu Dhabi students performed exceptionally well by any measure – nearly 600,000 questions answered, almost 1,000 tireless hours of learning and a total of 151 Awards, including 1 Elite and 4 Emerald, which require thousands of points per individual to attain. All this, despite half of our school being online due to the present situation and missing on the enthusiastic cheers of their peers. This really shows how resilient and enthusiastic about their languages BIS Abu Dhabi students are!!
Special mention must go to the point-scoring machine that is Year 8 student Elyssar, who scored a whopping 12,357 points, securing BIS Abu Dhabi’s only Elite award this round and ranking her 16th in the world. Congratulations!
As the competition drew to a close, it was clear that our Vietnamese counterpart’s lead was unassailable, but that did not matter. With 267,288 points, our students rose again collectively to the challenge and did themselves proud by securing 2nd place. So, well done to all BIS Abu Dhabi students who participated, we are proud of you, have loved seeing your enthusiasm and determination, and as we said at the start - everyone loves seconds!
We hope to see many of you at the next competition in May.
The Language Team