DIRECTOR of public schools Orange, Maree Angus has been in education for 30 years and in that time she has never seen the like of Mullion Creek Public School student Charlie Southwell.
The mild-mannered 10-year-old is potentially the smartest child Mrs Angus has met, she said.
“I guess what has really impressed me is that he is involved in everything and everyone speaks so highly of him” she said.
Charlie obtained distinctions in the subjects of writing, English, spelling, science and mathematics and a credit in computer science in the University of New South Wales 2013 international competitions and assessments for schools.
It is a big deal says Mullion Creek Public School principal Gay Stone.
“Charlie is not only a very diligent and successful student but has a sensible, unassuming character,” she said.
“A great role model and citizen of Mullion Creek Public School.”
Mrs Angus said there was nothing unusual about a small school producing such a clever student.
Charlie said he does not really study at all and is just lucky to be naturally talented.
“I just try my best and sometimes it is hard but sometimes it isn’t,” he said.
He said his friends are “pretty proud” of him but sometimes they get a little bit jealous of how clever he can be.
Charlie is so clever that being awarded with a certificate from Mrs Angus recognising his achievements is no longer all that exciting.
“I think, it’s like not as exciting because it happens a lot,” he said.
But Charlie said he is always grateful when people congratulate him and loves to help his friends because there are some things that they can do better than him and they always return the favour.
He wants to be an author when he grows up and write children’s books because “you don’t have to be so serious as you do in adult books”.