KAZ provide award-winning online typing courses and software to schools, businesses and individuals across the world. Their Worldwide Touch-Typing Tournament for schools was a new venture this year and they were delighted with the response:
“Learning to touch type can sometimes be considered a bit of a chore, but the launch of KAZ’s very first touch typing tournament earlier this year created a whirl of excitement amongst schools across the world. Not only did it encourage pupils to learn the skill, but it also brought out their competitive spirit.
“After fluctuations in leadership over the school term, we are delighted to announce that Mew Hansiriphan of Shrewsbury School has been crowned champion, with a score of 65 words per minute (WPM) and 89% accuracy.”
Touch-typing is one of the activities on offer to all pupils at Shrewsbury as part of the School’s co-curricular Societies programme. It is very popular among pupils and is championed enthusiastically by teacher Karen Mitchell, Head of Learning Support:
“Touch-typing is a valuable life-skill that not only supports pupils’ academic studies at school but also their future career paths. As your typing skills improve, you save time, you can focus on the text on the monitor rather than on the keypad, and it improves your accuracy. Learning to touch-type properly also has health benefits, as it ensures you sit correctly at your computer, which is good for your spine, increases your productivity and unleashes the potential of your brain.
“Our pupils very much enjoyed the challenge of taking part in the KAZ Worldwide Touch-Typing Tournament, and we were thrilled to be told that the competition had been won by Mew. He worked extremely hard at improving his typing speed and accuracy and he is to be warmly congratulated for his achievement.”
“Mew is a top academic student, excelling in many of his subjects, but especially in Science and Maths,” says his Housemaster, Henry Exham. “He is also a keen rower, representing the School at a high level, and is a highly motivated student who gets the most out of everything he does. He has a great attitude and work ethic – as his fantastic success in the KAZ Touch-Typing Tournament clearly demonstrates.”