Canberra Grammar School offers students a choice of curriculum in the senior years alongside a broad co-curricular programme of sports, arts, leadership and service opportunities. In 2018, roughly 60% of students took the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) and 40% of students took the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
On behalf of everyone at the School, I am pleased to congratulate the students of Year 12 2018 who sat for the IBDP and received their results today. These follow the release of HSC results in December.
As a group, the IBDP students can be very proud of their performance, having achieved a median IB score of 34, which equates to an impressive median ATAR of 92.10. Nearly one in three students attained an ATAR above 95 with over 60% attaining an ATAR above 90.
We especially congratulate joint duxes of the IBDP cohort, Jonathan Lee and Alex Park, who both attained the School’s first ever perfect scores of 45 in the IBDP, equating to ATARs of 99.95 each. Similarly, we congratulate Dimitrios Efstathiadis and Jasper Sheehan, who attained exceptionally impressive IB scores of 44 and 43 respectively, equating to ATARs of 99.85 and 99.70.
We also congratulate students and teachers in subjects that attained notably strong results in the upper grades, including Languages (Chinese, French, German, Latin, Indonesian and Spanish), Economics, Geography, Environmental Systems and Societies, English and Theory of Knowledge. Results in Languages, which all IBDP students must take, were outstanding and included a number above 95%. All students who took Languages a year early attained the highest possible grade.
Once again this year, many students received early offers to university, and we expect the great majority of university applicants to attain their first or second preference.
These IBDP results are all the more impressive given the size and range of the School’s IBDP cohort and the commitment all IBDP students must make to active participation in Sports, the Creative and Performing Arts and Service Initiatives as part of the IBDP’s Creativity, Activity and Service component.
In addition, of course, as for the HSC cohort, the students of Year 12 2018 led the School with passion and integrity. They represented the School in a wide range of competitive sports. They performed at the highest levels in music, in multiple concerts and in major drama events. They presented art and design exhibitions, and they took part in outdoor education and leadership development activities. They organised House projects and carnivals, including the House Music Festival and its accompanying, entirely student-led, Moonlight Concert. They participated in the Sony Foundation Camp amongst many other very powerful service initiatives, and they led the student body in raising over $100,000 for charitable causes this year.
They have been a pleasure to work with. They worked hard and they deserve their success. We thank them for their enormous contribution to the life of the School and wish them every happiness for the future.
Head of School
3 January 2018