Congratulations to our International Baccalaureate Diploma Students

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

At the end of 2014, our fifth cohort of 35 Year 13 International Baccalaureate Diploma students completed their two year course of study, culminating in their final external examinations. As in the previous years, our students performed extremely well.

100% of those examined gained 24 points or more with 97% being awarded a Diploma. The Average Diploma Points for Saint Kentigern College was 36 points which compared very favourably against the world average of 29.94 points and 34.15 points for the rest of New Zealand. (See below for an explanation of the point system.)

We are particularly proud of three students, Shuo Yang (43 points), Rachel Smith (42 points) and Andrew Qi (42 points) who gained ‘40 points and over’ from a maximum of 45. They join the elite few that gain more than 40 points in the Diploma Programme worldwide; their results are outstanding. Later this term, the three students will be honoured at the New Zealand IB Schools High Achievers Awards Ceremony at Government House, Auckland, in the presence of the Governor General Lt Gen The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Top Performing IB Diploma Students

Shuo Yang: 43 points

Rachel Smith: 42 points

Andrew Qi: 42 points

Explanation of the IB Diploma Points
NB:  The point scale used for IB subjects is 1 (poor) to 7 (best).  Students take six subjects = 42 points. A further 3 additional points* are available based on individual performance in the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. Therefore, the maximum available score is 45.

HL = Higher Level SL = Standard Level

Three subjects are studied in depth at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). Students decide which subjects they will study at Higher Level at the end of the second term in Year 12.

*Additional points

A maximum of 3 extra points can be gained for successful completion of the Theory of Knowledge course and the Extended Essay but to be eligible for the diploma, students must also meet the requirements of Creativity, Action and Service.

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