As the chair of the Heads of New Zealand’s International Baccalaureate Schools, part of my role is to organise the Top Scholars’ Awards Ceremony for the 2015 graduates. It was fantastic that ten St Cuthbert’s Old Girls gained this award and to see six of them there to receive their awards – wearing the Senior Academy uniform for what surely must be the last time!
In January this year, 11,673 students from all over the globe were eagerly awaiting their November session International Baccalaureate results; 340 of those students were here in New Zealand and 93% of those New Zealand candidates received their IB Diploma. New Zealand candidates had an average Diploma score of 34.58, compared with an Australian average of 34.45. 89 students qualified for the New Zealand Top Scholars’ awards.
The St Cuthbert’s graduates had a 100% success rate, with an average diploma score of 37.15, and with 66.6% of grades at 6 or 7.
With results like these, it is no wonder that the numbers of students taking the Diploma have increased in New Zealand and around the world. There are now 1.6 million graduates in 140 countries, with 63,141 students receiving their Diploma in 2015, 6.13% more than in the previous year.
The growth in numbers comes in part from the continuing success IB graduates have in gaining places leading universities here and internationally. But students and their families choose IB for much broader reasons: they know that through the IB experience they will be challenged to consider demanding concepts and philosophies, to give hours of service in their communities and to see themselves as citizens of a diverse, challenging and compelling world.
It is really satisfying here at St Cuthbert’s to see the way in which our dual qualification pathway allows students to choose the qualification that best suits their needs and their aspirations. Whether it is NCEA, IB or Scholarship examinations our girls are being challenged by, there is clear and sustained evidence that they are achieving at the highest level and that – really importantly – there is a pathway to success for students of all abilities and approaches.
By Love Serve for Fiji
Our deepest thanks to our College family for the warmth of your response to the mufti day in support of Fiji. A total of $6425 was generously donated by parents, students and staff; the assembly theme this week was that if we all do a little, together we do a lot and you have helped your daughters make this a reality.
Our Values Programme Manager Anna Wong reports that she has “ been in email contact with Habitat for Humanity Fiji, and has been informed that the houses built in 2013, and the shelters built last year, by St Cuthbert’s students survived the cyclone and are still standing – that was great to hear!” I know the girls who went on those builds will be really relieved to hear that news, in the middle of all that destruction and loss. We received a wonderful email from a member of the College family; she wanted to thank you for “the thoughts, prayers and generosity for my beautiful homeland of Fiji”. She said that it was wonderful for her family in Fiji to know that their granddaughter’s school was contributing to the relief programme.
Mrs Lynda Reid