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Congratulations IB Class of 2017

Thursday 4, January 2018

St Paul’s Grammar School, Penrith, Class of 2017 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students received their results, including an equal world best result, highlighting the long history of outstanding academic achievement at the School. St Paul’s Grammar School, Penrith, is celebrating the achievement of the Class of 2017 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students.

Sarah Bakker is the Dux of the Class of 2017, achieving a perfect IB score of 45 out of a maximum possible 45.  This equates to the top possible Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) equivalent of 99.95. This also means that Sarah is the equal top graduating Year 12 student in the world. Amongst other results, Yutong Chen and Susan Graham also received outstanding results of IB 44 (ATAR 99.85).

A total of 21 students achieved IB scores of 33 or above, equating to ATARs above 90. The number of students attempting the IB this year was 55, or 70% of the Year 12, 2017 class. IB Diploma results are not included in School Rankings based on HSC scores, and as such do not reflect St Paul’s Grammar School as one of the best non-selective schools in NSW for academic results. Combining HSC and IB scores, 22 students achieved ATARs above 90 (28%) and 38 students achieved ATARs above 80 (47%), affirming St Paul’s standing as a leading non-selective co-educational school.

Principal, Ian Wake, congratulated students, families and the staff of St Paul’s, noting that “these outstanding results reinforce St Paul's strong academic reputation, and demonstrate the incredible value of a holistic education. We are very proud of each and every one of our students, and acknowledge their significant efforts over the course of their studies. They remain in our prayers as they commence a new and exciting stage of life.”

Director of Learning Services and IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, Mr. Antony Mayrhofer also praised the students.  “The outstanding academic results of our IB Diploma Graduates reflect their commitment to their studies over the past two years. The dedication of their teachers, whose vast IB experience in the classroom, as IB examiners and in IB curriculum development is un-equaled in Australia, must also be appreciated as contributing significantly to these excellent results.  When considered together with this cohort’s HSC results, the academic achievement of our Year 12 Class of 2017 is one that reflects a deep culture of excellence in teaching and learning at the school.”

The IB Diploma is a highly regarded International Senior Secondary Programme of study that over 170,000 students  world-wide sit for each year in more than 140 countries. The IB is studied in more than 5,000 schools throughout the world.  It is an increasingly popular alternative to the HSC, with a dozen Sydney Schools now offering the Diploma Programme.  The IB offers a continuum of high-quality education that encourages international-mindedness, critical thinking, community service and a positive approach to learning. 

St Paul’s offers a continuum of IB education from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12. It has offered the Diploma Programme since 1990, and was the first NSW School to offer the IB Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes in 2003. Since 2006, approximately half of the St Paul’s senior school students have studied the IB Diploma and half have studied the HSC. It should also be noted that some of these students have only ever known an IB education.

For Media Information contact: Sharon Mallin (Assistant to the Director of Enrolments and Public Relations) on 02 4776 4851 or  sharon.mallin@stpauls.nsw.edu.au

For Academic Results Information contact: Antony Mayrhofer (Director of Learning Services) on 02 4776 4705 or antony.mayrhofer@stpauls.nsw.edu.au