Awards ceremony is the highlight of the Kumon Northern Ireland calendar

May 2018
Students proudly showing their achievement certificates.

The buzz of excitement rippled around the Orangefield Presbyterian Church on 21 April 2018, as the annual Kumon Northern Ireland awards ceremony got underway. Families from across Belfast and Lisburn gathered for the Advanced Student Honour Roll ceremony as they celebrated their work and individual achievements. 

Top achievers
A total of 190 students of all ages from the Belfast, Ballyhackmore, Belfast, Windsor and Lisburn Kumon study centres, were called up on stage to receive their certificates and medal of achievement from their Instructors. Awards were given for reaching the Kumon International Standard, working at least six months, two years and three years ahead of school grade level. There also were merit awards given to students for exceptional achievement, progress and perseverance. 

Kumon is the UK’s largest supplementary education provider, offering individualised maths and English programmes to help any child of any ability to progress and reach their potential. Their aim is for every child to become an independent, advanced learner with a positive attitude to study. 

The Kumon Method of Learning enables children to self-learn with Instructor guidance, helping students to take charge of their own learning journey and develop the confidence to strive for their goals and aspirations.

Two of the hosts of the awards ceremony were young Kumon students, Riya and Dinesh, who inspired the audience of parents and students by sharing their own personal Kumon study journeys. 

Strong foundations
Riya started Kumon in 2012, and although she was able to keep up with the maths at school, said “I was not especially interested in maths – I was not confident or quick.” Riya has since gone on to represent her school in the National Junior Maths Team Challenge, where her team won! She credits Kumon for building her strong foundations in mathematics. She describes the Kumon centre as a safe place where I get a chance to clarify my doubts”.

Building confidence
Dinesh, started his Kumon journey at age eight. He had a love for English but explained that maths posed a challenge for him. To his own surprise, Dinesh described how confident he has become in maths since joining Kumon and said, “I even came to like maths more than English!” 

Dinesh has now completed both the maths and English Kumon programmes and reflects "Kumon has shown me the importance of concentration, working hard, and most of all having fun in what I was learning.”