Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Students Gain Perfect Scores in International Qualification

Students Gain Perfect Scores in International Qualification


Two Queen Margaret College students were awarded perfect scores in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Both Shruti Iyer and Tamara Jenkin gained marks of 45; they join just two others from New Zealand and 217 around the globe.

In 2013 students from 2,463 schools in over 140 counties participated in the IB Diploma. This is a two year pre-university course, which can be completed in place of Year 12 and 13 NCEA in New Zealand.

New Zealand currently has thirteen Colleges offering this international qualification, which has been running since 1968. Initially a qualification created for globally mobile families, it has become increasingly appealing for students who desire a broader internationally focused education.

At Queen Margaret College a further four students gained marks of over 40. All six girls will receive special recognition in the New Zealand IB Diploma Award Ceremony annually held at Premier House in Auckland with other New Zealand students who have gained marks of over 40.

“I offer my congratulations to all our IB Diploma students, in particular Tamara and Shruti, for their hard work and dedication over this two year programme. It is a tribute to the students and their teachers. We are all tremendously proud of their accomplishments.” Principal Carol Craymer comments.

“We deliver a dual qualification pathway, which prepares students for their choice of either IB Diploma or NCEA. The College currently has a 50/50 split between the two qualifications, as students are selecting the path that suits their unique ambitions and skills.”

The IB Diploma is known for its breadth and width. All students study six subjects, including their first language, a second language, a science, mathematics and a social science. It is also where East meets West with students in New Zealand studying the same Chemistry, Mathematics or French course as those in China.

The College’s average mark in 2013 was 34, while the global average was 30. Queen Margaret College is heading into its fifth year offering the IB Diploma and remains the only school in the lower North Island where girls can complete the qualification.

What is the IB Diploma?

A two-year qualification, widely regarded as the gold standard of global educational qualifications providing entry to universities in this country and all round the world.

The IB Diploma programme is known for its breadth and width. All students study six subjects, including their first language, a second language, a science, mathematics and a social science. Marks are also allocated for the 4,000 word Extended Essay which has them engage in independent research and Theory of Knowledge course designed to encourage critical thinking. In addition students undertake an extra-curricular programme (CAS) where they participate in sports, arts and community service. This is a refreshing counterbalance to academic studies.

The IB Diploma is marked on a worldwide scale, where each subject is graded from one (lowest) to seven (highest possible score) for all six subjects. Students must achieve a total of 24 points and fulfil other criteria in order to receive the IB Diploma. The marks are internationally moderated so the same standards apply throughout the world.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Howard Davis: 'Dunkirk'

The British have an extraordinary penchant for celebrating catastrophic military defeats. It is not only the Battle of Hastings, the Charge of the Light Brigade, and Gallipoli that have become immortalized in prose, poetry, and movies ...
More>>

Conservation: Gecko Stolen From DOC Visitor Centre

A long-term resident at the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre has been stolen. The Marlborough green gecko was reported missing on 19 July. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Rare Ingredients

When I heard Kiazim was publishing a cookbook, I jumped at the opportunity... I was back in New Zealand, but how hard could it be to create Turkish-Cypriot cuisine on the opposite side of the world? Well, it turns out — pretty damn hard. More>>

Remembrance: British Memorial Design Revealed

After years of work with Weta Workshop, the British High Commission has revealed the final design of the United Kingdom’s presence in Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: The Whole Intimate Mess

Alison McCulloch: Walker’s account of what she went through is harrowing and intimate, and, at risk of sounding trite, very brave. More>>

Howard Davis: The Kuijken String Quartet

Chamber Music New Zealand has scored another coup with the Kuijken String Quartet's current tour of New Zealand. As the co-founder of both La Petite Bande in 1972 and the Kuijken String Quartet in 1986, Sigiswald Kuijken is internationally recognized ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland