The IB program’s curriculum consists of six subject groups and three core areas: theory of knowledge, creativity, activity, service (CAS) and an independently-researched extended essay.
Wesley College school captain Lucy Poole, who is planning to become a doctor and aspires to study medicine at Monash University, was overwhelmed at finding out she had
achieved a perfect score of 45.
“I didn’t expect it, it was super exciting,” she said.
Fellow Wesley student Jacky (Zetian) Lyu also achieved a 45, but he has his sights set abroad, having applied to do mathematics at Oxford, Imperial College London, and two other UK universities.
“It’s best not to compete with others and instead always seek to improve,” Lyu told The Age.
Wesley College Principal Nicholas Evans said he was absolutely thrilled with the school’s results and considers the IB to be an outstanding course.
Tessa Van Veenendaal from St Leonards College wants to study medicine at Monash after receiving the school’s equal second IB score this year of 43 (99.6 ATAR).
St Leonards’ Daniel Harvey also achieved a 43 and wants to do a double degree of biomedical science and economics at ANU in Canberra.
Emerson Hurley from St Leonard’s achieved a 41 (98.7 ATAR) and said juggling
responsibilities in and outside of school was challenging at times throughout the year.
“This year I was in the jazz program, the classical orchestral program, I was in the senior
school play, I went to Canada for public speaking, I did the debating competition and I was
the captain of a few things. There was a lot of juggling and at times it was particularly onerous,” he said.
“But having things to take your mind off academics is very useful for studying effectively.”
St Leonard’s principal Stuart Davis said the IB was “the best pre tertiary qualification in the world in terms of readying students for university life,”
“There has to be a purpose more than just getting a score from a silo of subjects. To me it’s about the holistic development of an individual.”
“This year’s results are very similar [to last year’s] in terms of median ATAR around 95 or 96
and dux was 99.95 which is a 45, so we know we are right up there in the same sort of belt.”
Lauriston Girls’ school had more than 35 percent of IB students receive an ATAR score over 99,
and of the 30 IB students, 26 achieved an ATAR of more than 90.
Dux of IB Lara Bennett now wants to pursue paediatric dermatology after achieving a perfect
Fifteen Melbourne schools offer the International Baccalaureate, including Tintern Grammar,
Methodist Ladies’ College and Carey Baptist Grammar, as well as five rural Victorian schools.
St Leonard’s College was the first Victorian school to offer the program in 1972.
Brighton Secondary College will be offering IB in the coming year alongside other government-funded schools Albert Park College and Werribee Secondary College.