International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Results 2021
On behalf of everyone in the Canberra Grammar School community, I am delighted to congratulate the students of Year 12 2021 who just received a truly outstanding set of final results for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). Results for the Higher School Certificate (HSC) will be released in late January.
Despite the enormous challenges that disrupted their senior studies in 2020 and 2021, the IBDP students have achieved the School’s strongest ever IB results by a considerable margin, confirming the on-going success and momentum of the School’s large and thriving IB programme.
43% of the year group, or 83 students, undertook the IBDP, making the cohort one of the larger in Australia and with a very broad range of abilities. Collectively, the students attained a median IB point score of 38, which is equivalent to an extraordinary median ATAR of 96.25, the School’s highest ever.
The School is particularly delighted to congratulate Lachlan Byron, Eliza Fergusson, Maddison Klar and Linus Zwahlen, who each earned perfect IB point scores of 45, equivalent to an ATAR of 99.95. They are joint duxes of the cohort for 2021, and they stand amongst the very highest achievers of all IBDP students in the world.
In addition to a record number of students at the School attaining perfect IB scores, a further 5 students attained near-perfect scores of 44, equating to ATARs of 99.75, again a truly superb achievement. In other words, more than 10% of the cohort attained IB scores of 45 or 44, with many of their peers following very closely. Indeed, 19 students earned ATARs above 99, with 59% of the cohort gaining ATARs over 95, and 79% above 90. 100% of students attained ATARs above 70, and all students attained their Diploma.
Along with their excellent results, the cohort also attained an impressive set of university offers, with around 80% gaining early offers.
While all subjects performed very well to produce such outstanding overall results, notable subject performances with particularly strong upper level grades in either Higher or Standard Level courses include English Language and Literature, French, Chinese, Geography, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics Analysis and Approaches. We were also pleased to see very strong performances in a number of new or revised subjects, including English Language and Literature, and Mathematics Analysis and Approaches. Both were offered for the first time this year as part of our growing and flourishing IB programme, which includes one of the broadest subject offering of any IB school in Australia. All involved are to be congratulated.
We look forward to celebrating with the Higher School Certificate students in due course.
In the meantime, I congratulate the entire year group – IBDP and HSC – on their exceptional achievements in the most difficult of times. The Year 12 of 2021 endured two years of disruption to their senior studies, they grieved the loss of a friend, they missed opportunities to lead and represent the School, and they studied through months of uncertainty about whether their exams would even go ahead. Yet, they stayed positive and focused. They stayed strong and cared for each other. They stayed gracious in the face of disappointment, and they led the School with dignity and optimism.
It should also be remembered that between and before the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 they performed at the highest levels in music and drama. They proudly represented the School in a wide
range of competitive sports. They presented art and design exhibitions, and they took part in outdoor education and overseas exchanges. They organised House projects and carnivals. They instigated many student-led service initiatives and they raised tens of thousands of dollars for charitable causes.
I thank them for the spirit of the School under their leadership. Their many achievements – along with their outstanding final results – are fitting tributes to their dedication and talents.
I also thank all staff for their dedicated teaching and support, especially amidst the trials of the past two years, and for their enormous efforts in working with students to secure such an exceptional array of results and tertiary opportunities despite the disruptions. Likewise, I thank and congratulate parents. Their support in such difficult times is to be recognised and honoured more than ever. I hope that their pride is matched by their own fulfilment.
Once again, on behalf of all, I thank Year 12 for their enormous contribution to the life of the School. I congratulate them on their success, and I wish them every happiness for the future.
Head of School