On behalf of everyone at Canberra Grammar School, I am very pleased to congratulate the students of Year 12 2019 who sat for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and received their results on Friday (3 January 2020). Like their counterparts who received their NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) results in December, they can be very proud indeed.
In 2019, 45% of students took the IBDP, achieving a median IB score of 34, which equates to a median ATAR of 91.40; an outcome that is all the more impressive given the large size and broad range of the cohort and the requirement for all IBDP students to participate actively in Sports, the Creative and Performing Arts and Service Initiatives as part of the IBDP’s Creativity, Activity and Service component. More than a quarter of IBDP students attained ATARs above 95 with over half attaining ATARs over 90.
We are especially glad to congratulate the dux of the IBDP cohort, Sean Taylor, who achieved a superb IB score of 43, equating to an ATAR of 99.60.
We also congratulate students and teachers in subjects that attained notably strong results in the upper grades, including Chinese, Chemistry, Film, French, Geography, Global Politics, Indonesian, Latin, Physics and Theory of Knowledge. All students who took Languages a year early attained excellent grades. Extended Essays in English, Latin and Sports Science attained particularly positive final results.
Once again this year, many students received early university offers, and we expect the great majority of university applicants to attain their higher preferences.
In addition, of course, the students of Year 12 2019 led the School with passion and integrity. They performed at the highest levels in music, in multiple concerts, and in major drama events. They represented the School in a wide range of competitive sports. They presented art and design exhibitions, and they took part in outdoor education and leadership development activities. They organised House projects and carnivals. They participated in the Sony Foundation Camp and instigated many other student initiatives and service projects, including raising tens of thousands of dollars for charitable causes this year.
They have been a great 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