IB Asia Pacific Newsletter
Quarter One, 2008
Authorised: DP:59 MYP:23 * PYP:47 Total:129
(*+ 22 partner schools)
Candidate: DP:14 MYP:19 PYP:44 Total: 77
LOI: DP:11 MYP:20 PYP:22 Total: 53
November 2007 Session IB Diploma Results
IB Diploma candidates in the Australasian region of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea made up 25.6% of the November 2007 cohort, with a total of 1,663 students from the worldwide November total of 6,488 registrations.
22 perfect scores of 45/45 were awarded worldwide in the November session, and 12 of those were awarded to candidates in Australasia. Whilst the highest average score for an individual school in Australasia was 40.22, making comparisons can sometimes be a little misleading as some schools have much larger cohorts than others and open the programme to a wider ability group. Overall about 90% of Australasian Diploma students were successful and the average for all schools was several points above the world average. The holistic approach taken by many Australasian schools is commendable and the quality of the work being done in CAS, developing the Learner Profile and in international-mindedness and intercultural understanding is also to be encouraged and applauded.
We would like to extend special congratulations to all students, and to the teaching and support staff at their schools.
Some Australasian Results Statistics
- The worldwide overall pass rate for November 07 was 80.92%. The pass rate of registered Australasian Diploma & retake candidates was 89.98%
- Australasian candidates as a whole compared very well against the worldwide average. The Australasian average score was 33.58 and the worldwide average was 30.72.
- 131 Australasian candidates were awarded a Bilingual Diploma
(Data extracted 9 January, subject to change)
At the end of 2007 Ravenswood School for Girls’ Yr 11 IB
students hosted a Theory of Knowledge student day, to which
they invited their fellow students from Trinity Grammar and
Queenwood School for Girls’. The overall aim of the day was to
make a connection between schools that would allow students to
share and reflect on common IB experiences.
TOK was one obvious area of common ground and this was
used as a springboard for discussion and activities amongst the
mixed groups of ten or so students at each table. There were
excerpts from the film ‘Baraka’, to inspire conversation about
the roles of culture, beliefs and language in acquiring and
shaping knowledge, and the series ‘Summer Heights High’ to
assist discussion of gender as a factor in the nature of
knowledge (and add an element of fun!).
As CAS is also a common experience, another session saw TOK
thinking skills being applied to the discussion of designing,
executing and reflecting on possible CAS projects.
Of course, there was much peripheral discussion about IB
academic subjects and similarities and differences regarding
how each school approached IB.
The TOK student day resulted in many new friendships and a
definite sense that ‘we’re all in this together’. Many students
expressed the wish to get together more frequently, perhaps
collaborating in CAS projects, or other inter-school events.
Thank you to Robin Julian Diploma Coordinator at Ravenswood
for sharing this with us.
Diploma students at the ToK Day held at Ravenswood School for Girls
(We are aware that many IB World Schools in Australasia are
actively participating in a wide range of community and
environmental projects as well as inter-school events. We
encourage you to let us know about them as we’d love to hear
about it and share it with other schools in the IB community.
Please feel free to write to us at email@example.com)
Diploma Student Conference in Sydney
On 15 of February ten schools from NSW, ACT, VIC and New
Zealand gathered together for the 2nd IB Diploma Student
The conference was hosted by Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy
College who welcomed over 400 current and potential IB
Diploma Students. Students and coordinators came together to
explore the theme Connecting Hearts, Connecting Minds through
sharing knowledge, experiences and new ways of learning.
The event began with an acknowledgement of the indigenous
owners of the land and a welcome by Monte Sant’ Angelo’s
Principal, Ms Catherine Alcock. Following that, keynote speaker
Mr Kartikeya V. Sarabhai, Director of the Centre for
Environment Education in India, addressed the students,
encouraging them to look at ways that they can be drivers of
change in their schools towards sustainable environmental
development. He introduced the concept of making a positive
environmental ‘hand print’ (taking action) as well as being
aware of their environmental footprint (personal impact made
on the environment).
The auditorium was arranged so that students sat at round
tables with students from each school represented on the tables.
This created a great opportunity for students to connect, build
friendships and share experiences with students from other
schools who are also studying the IB Diploma.
The students attending the conference, who have just begun
either the first or second years of the IB Diploma, or are
considering taking it on next year, benefited greatly from the
ex-students’ perspective session which featured Joan Li, a
graduate of MLC School and Harry Constantin a graduate of
Trinity Grammar. Both Joan and Harry were highly encouraging
and motivational speakers, who truly personified the IB Mission
and Philosophy. As did current IB Diploma students, Anna
Brankin and Helena Schwertheim, of St Margaret’s College in
Christchurch New Zealand, who gave insight into the role of the
IB Learner Programme in their life and study, and shared how it
had helped broaden their cultural understanding.
CAS was also a focus of the student conference.
Representatives from Conservation Volunteers and International
Student Volunteers offered inspiration to students with
information about the exciting programs they have available to
students. Madeleine McCloy and Andie Webster, students of
Monte Sant’ Angelo also shared their recent CAS field trip to an
Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory. Judging from
their passionate presentation, there is no doubt that this trip will
have lasting impact on the students.
The conference closed with a panel session with representatives
from NSW and ACTs leading universities. Each representative
had the opportunity to give a short address to the students,
describing what their university could offer IB graduates in
terms of admissions, scholarships and student life. This was
followed by a question and answer time in which the students
had the opportunity to ask important questions and raise issues
directly with the universities. Regional Representative Greg
Valentine also had an opportunity to meet with University staff
during the day.
Overall the conference was a great success. Our thanks to
Monte Sant’ Angelo for organising the NSW/ACT IB Schools
Student Conference for 2008.
Following the release of the November 2007 Diploma results,
major IB Centres in Australia hosted Awards ceremonies
Canberra Schools presented IB Diplomas to their 2007
graduates on Wednesday 6th February.
On Friday 15 February at Ravenswood School for Girls,
Professor Steven Schwartz Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie
University presented IB Diplomas and AAIBS Merit Certificates
to students from the fourteen IB schools in NSW & ACT.
Students from the eight South Australian IB schools attended
their Awards ceremony on Monday 18 February where Sir
James Hardy was Guest of Honour.
Phoebe Wynn-Pope was the Guest of Honour for the 2008
Victorian IB Awards Ceremony on Thursday 28 February 2008
at 7.00pm. Phoebe (née Fraser) spent six years working in
emergency situations throughout the world and presented a
unique world view.
University representatives will be present at all Awards
Annual IB Art Exhibition
The annual VIC/TAS IB Visual Arts Exhibition was hosted by
Geelong Grammar School from Monday 25 February until
Tuesday 4 March 2008 inclusive. The exhibition highlighted over
150 works by students from 15 Victorian and Tasmanian IB
Diploma World Schools. The exhibition, which was held in the
Sinclaire Centre of Geelong Grammar School, was opened by
Jason Smith the Director of the Monash Gallery of Art Victoria,
where he curated over twenty-five exhibitions. IBAP Australasia
Regional Representative Greg Valentine was very impressed by
the quality and diversity of the work displayed and
congratulates all IB Diploma Art students as well as their Art
Our thanks to Dr Mathew White, IB Coordinator at Geelong
Grammar for organising the Event and the Victorian and
Tasmanian schools for supporting it.
Greg Valentine, Regional Representative Australasia
Stefanie Sandford, Personal Assistant
Monte students at the registration desk
NSW/ACT IB Diploma Student Conference
The Student Conference was a great opportunity to meet with fellow IB Diploma students from other schools
Students had the opportunity to discuss tertiary study options with university representatives