You may have heard of it, but just what is the IB Diploma? The globally recognised IB Diploma is an academic pathway for Year 11 and 12 students, and is offered as an alternative to the HSC at Trinity Grammar School. It was established in 1968 by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and was introduced to provide students with a balanced education, facilitate geographic and cultural mobility and to promote international understanding.
By Christian Ciarroni, Year 6
Year 6 Trinity Grammar Junior School students are encouraged to take a world view in exploring some of society’s biggest issues. Boys explored a wide variety of topics from environmental and cultural, to technology and health; researching, interviewing, surveying and being mentored to prepare exhibitions about their chosen subject.
The daily routine of regular school hours, wearing uniforms and following rules are a distant memory for our HSC and IB scholars. Instead they are faced with being independent, making their own decisions, and not having a teacher remind them of when assignments are due. For some the change is a breath of fresh air, while for others it can take a bit of getting used to.
By Deborah Williams, Academic Dean
In Trinity news the recent Scholars’ Assembly formally acknowledged the most outstanding academic achievements of the 2018 Year 12 cohort across HSC and IB. It was a recognition not only of numerical results, awards and scholarships earned, but also of the deliberate commitment and effort of the students themselves, and those who joined with them in their learning, particularly parents, siblings and Trinity staff. One of the highlights of the assembly, for me, was listening to Dr De Lany interview two young men about their experience, and to what they attributed their success.
Every December the media publishes comparison tables of secondary schools in the state. However, the published school comparison tables are incomplete and provide an unfair evaluation of schools in NSW as they omit critical information and do not take context into consideration.
Trinity Grammar School Sydney’s 2018 International Baccalaureate results are its best on record and demonstrate once again the School’s reputation for academic excellence, enabling individual students to excel across a wide range of subjects – and achieving world-best results. NIne Trinity students earned the perfect score of 45 (equal first in the world, with an ATAR of 99.95); a further five students were just one mark off the perfect score with 44 (ATAR of 99.85); and an impressive 23 percent of the IB cohort achieved an ATAR of 99 or higher.
Trinity’s Class of 2017 are dispersed near and far. Having completed the HSC or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in 2017, some have remained close to home, like Aruren Ravichandran, who is studying a double degree in Commerce and Law at the University of Sydney, or Ronak Nand, a Dalyell Scholar completing a Bachelor of Commerce/Advanced Studies at the University of Sydney’s Business School.
By Brendan Geddes, Year 6, Preparatory School
My name is Brendan Geddes and I am a student from Trinity Grammar School’s Preparatory School. I’ve been asked to share what I want to be when I grow up.
Beyond academic rigour, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme helps students develop essential skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
By Aiden Ngo, Year 5, Preparatory School
Last week, Year 5 finished the incredible journey that was Market Day. Market Day is a three-week project where we have to make a plan about how we are going to execute a market stall; creating a product to sell at the gym for a profit. We were put with people we wouldn’t normally work with so that we would experience what it feels like to work without established friends.