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NZ students excel in International Baccalaureate

author:Lucy Wilson, Communications Manager, Kristin School

Growing Number of NZ Students Excel in International Examinations

New Zealand students have been recognised amongst the world?s best with the release of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results for 2011.

The 450 students who completed the Diploma in New Zealand represented less than 1% of the participants worldwide, however this small group have made their mark, producing impressive results in the demanding two-year programme.

55 of the New Zealand students were awarded a total score of at least 40 out of 45 - placing them amongst the top 6% of candidates in the world.  As a group, the New Zealand contingent achieved an impressive average of 34 points ? 4 points higher than the international average.

The stand-out results for New Zealand came from Carla Boniolo, Head Girl of Kristin School, and Karl Zhu, of Auckland International College. These two students achieved a perfect score of 45 ? placing them in the top 0.2% of students worldwide.

These impressive results are clearly indicative of the talents, motivation and commitment of the students, but they also demonstrate the growth of the IB Diploma Programme in New Zealand schools.

First introduced in NZ in 1986, there are 10 schools nationwide who currently offer the dual secondary qualification pathway of IB and NCEA. Students in Year 12 can elect to either complete the two-year IB Diploma Programme or to continue through with their NCEA levels 2 and 3. The quality of the IB qualification is recognised by leading Universities throughout the world and Kiwi students who complete the IB Diploma are regularly accepted into institutions in Australasia, Europe and the US, many on fully funded scholarship programmes.

Chairperson of the NZ IB Schools Heads Association, Peter Clague, is proud of the reputation New Zealand is developing as a leading country for IB study. ?As more schools in New Zealand are taking up the International Baccalaureate programmes we are seeing a significant growth of interest from both the domestic and international markets. Families overseas are seeking to send their children to New Zealand to take advantage of our highly-regarded learning environment.  At the same time, NZ parents are recognising the power of an internationally renowned qualification in the current economic climate and the opportunities that become available in the world?s leading institutions upon graduation.?

The IB Diploma consists of six subject areas including native and acquired languages, social sciences, experimental sciences and mathematics and the arts, and is designed to be academically challenging and holistically balanced. In addition to their six chosen courses, students are challenged to broaden their educational experience through community service, self-directed research (in the form of a 4000-word extended essay) and critical examination in the Theory of Knowledge.

In recognition of the growth of IB in New Zealand the inaugural IB National Top Scholars Awards Ceremony will be held at Government House on February 15, where the success of the highest achieving IB students will be acknowledged and celebrated.


New Zealand Schools offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma:

?         Auckland International College

?         Diocesan School

?         John McGlashan College

?         Kristin School

?         Nga Tawa School

?         Queen Margaret?s College

?         St. Cuthbert?s College

?         St. Kentigern?s College

?         St. Margaret?s College

?         St. Peter?s College

?         Scots College 2012