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Trinity Grammar leads 2018 International Baccalaureate results

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jan 12, 2019 9:26:00 AM

Trinity Grammar leads 2018 International Baccalaureate resultsTrinity 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 students achieved an impressive 30 percent of all 45s awarded in Australia and 12 percent of the total perfect scores worldwide.

Trinity students achieved an average overall score of 37.20 (equal to an ATAR of 94.42), with an impressive 32 percent of the Trinity cohort receiving the IB Certificate of Distinction for scoring 40 and above (equivalent to the HSC Premier’s All-Rounder Award with an ATAR of 98.25 or above). The world average mark was 28.58 while the Australian average was 34.

An astounding 83 percent of Trinity IB students achieved an ATAR equivalent to 90 or higher, while 94 percent achieved an ATAR equivalent of 85 or higher.

Trinity student Nicholas Testa of Yowie Bay joined Trinity Grammar School in Year 2. He cites his greatest achievements as being awarded Dux in his Year group every year from Years 3 to 12, and forging strong friendships along the way. His diligence has paid off with Nicholas achieving a perfect IB score of 45. “In my senior years, Economics came to the forefront of my learning as it was a great symbiosis of my maths talents and real-world scenarios. The passion of the Economics department is what has inspired me to pursue this at university,” said Nicholas.

1.Marucs Buvac 3Marcus Buvac, who also achieved the top score of 45, said “I think that the IB really provides you with the opportunity to grow as an individual, and teaches you mental resilience and fortitude.” Marcus is most proud of the way he turned his academic career around between Year 10 and 11: “It was a pretty big achievement for me and I am glad that I got there in the end.”

1.Calvin Li 1Calvin Li of Cabarita has been a student of Trinity Grammar School since Pre-Kindergarten and used his brother as motivation. “I wanted to beat my brother who got 44!” exclaimed Calvin.  With the best possible score of 45 (ATAR equivalent to 99.95), Calvin has managed to surpass his brother’s achievements.

1.Alexander Maloof 1Alexander Maloof admits that managing heavy workloads and stress were a challenge, but he overcame this by regularly speaking with his peers, parents and teachers. “The teachers are intrinsically motivated and showed genuine care for my wellbeing and all-round school performance,” said Alexander, who scored 45.

The IB Diploma has continued to grow in popularity at Trinity Grammar School with almost half of the 2018 Year 12 cohort choosing to complete the IB instead of the HSC. This makes it the largest group ever to undertake this rigorous programme at Trinity Grammar School.

1.Adam Nazha 3Asked why he chose the IB programme, Adam Nazha responds, “It was quite a difficult decision for me, as I was certainly considering doing the HSC. I ultimately decided to do the IB because it allowed me to do a further maths course, and it didn’t place any emphasis on cohort rankings, which I definitely think helped develop a sense of camaraderie amongst the IB cohort. CAS (Creativity Activity Service) also presented the opportunity to give back to the community.” Adam too achieved the top mark of 45.

1.Nicholas Pavic 2Nicholas Pavic of Ryde credits his Mum as the inspiration for his top result of 45. A member of Cadets, Nicholas found that co-curricular activities provided a much-needed outlet for stress during challenging times of the IB. “I found participation in co-curricular activities and sport to be a perfect way to unwind during stressful times. There was nothing better than running a major Cadet exercise or playing some cricket to relax,” he said.

1. Steven Serb 02Steven Serb is pinching himself after learning he achieved the highest possible score of 45. “I was only expecting 42 so I’m still in shock,” he said. “During all my exam periods, I was very calm and I feel that this helped me do my best in my exams,” Steven added. He hopes to study Veterinary Medicine.


Many of our IB students are already well on their way. Lelland Hui has been offered a University of New South Wales Co-op scholarship for Marketing and a Macquarie University Co-op scholarship for Accounting. Finn Ritchie has been awarded one of only five Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Achievement Scholarships at University of Technology Sydney. “This award is usually given only to HSC students, so I think it is really promising to see some IB students get recognition,” commented Finn. Alexander Kolesnikoff has accepted a scholarship offer from Ivy League School, Harvard University, in the USA.

Nicholas Testa has recently completed admission interviews with Cambridge University in the UK and has been offered scholarships at Western Sydney University and St John’s College, University of Sydney where he has also been guaranteed entry. Clarinet player Andrew Kim has been given the opportunity to participate in the Advance Entry Scheme programme at UNSW, where he will start his Music degree with the second year syllabus/course in his first year.

When combining HSC and IB results, 24 Trinity Year 12 students came in the top one percent of the State while 111 (49 percent of the combined HSC/IB Year 12 cohort) came in the top 10 percent of the State.

“The Class of 2018 has performed exceedingly well and I’m very proud of its outstanding achievements across both the IB and HSC programmes,” said Head Master Tim Bowden.

“We are delighted for the Class of 2018 and the IB students’ amazing achievements in the programme. While these are outstanding results, they should not be the only measure of success – far more valuable is to look at the men of character that our boys have become. We hope they can step out and face the world with confidence, resilience and resourcefulness, with the wisdom to know when to speak and the courage to stand for what is right.”

“The widely publicised school rankings don’t paint the full picture. These are based solely on HSC results and exclude the ATARs of all International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students. While comparisons between the HSC and IB are inevitable, it is important to recognise that one is not better than the other! The choice will depend on the individual student and his learning style, his areas of interest, and what he hopes to achieve in the future. We strongly believe in choosing the path best suited to the individual student,” said Mr Bowden. 

Trinity established the IB programme in NSW in 1998 and delivers the widest range of IB and HSC subject choices within the State. The School expects academic success and has consistently maintained its high standard.

“As our Year 12 boys move into post-secondary education and vocation, we wish them well. They have done themselves proud in continuing the tradition of excellence at Trinity,” Mr Bowden concluded.

Trinity Grammar School encourages your son to realise his potential, pursue his passions and discover his purpose all within the context of a supportive Christian environment. We have guided boys to grow in mind, body and spirit for over a century and we know what boys need to truly flourish and succeed.

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