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Syrian refugee top student in Australia school






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A Syrian refugee who couldn't speak English two years ago has passed his high school exams in Australia. Saad Al-Kaab, 19, graduated with top marks. His grades put him in the top 4 per cent of graduates in Melbourne. Saad escaped civil war in Syria to start a new life. He said it was "really hard" in Australia because he could not understand English. He said he is sad for his friends in Syria who have not had the opportunity he has had.

Saad studied English with his cousins in Australia. He also watched a live show on TV. It was politicians asking their prime minister questions about different issues. The show helped his English because: "They use the best, persuasive language in parliament. They speak slowly and you can find the words." Saad said: "I just want to say thank you so much to Australia for giving me the opportunity. It's revived me and given me a new life."

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