Each year the International Baccalaureate Awards Ceremony is held at Deakin Edge Federation Square, Melbourne. This event honours those students who achieve IB Diploma scores of 40 and above. The fact that such a result is acknowledged by a ceremony indicates the magnitude of these students’ achievement. This year the ceremony was held on Wednesday 21 February and Tintern Grammar students Ada Chen, Eliza Mignot, Josephine Owen, Sophie Paul, Brittany Read, Karly Rosenbrock, Sabrina Wang and Alison Yang were recipients of awards.
The evening was well attended by past students, their families and staff members from all 19 participating schools. All musical items were performed by an IB Representative Orchestra and Mr Brad Fry, Mrs Alison Bezaire and I were delighted to see Holly Fryer and Steven Zhang (Year 12 IB students) lending their considerable expertise to this wonderful joint venture.
Mr Stuart Jones, Head of IB World Schools, Asia Pacific, International Baccalaureate Organisation, travelled from Singapore for the ceremony. He delivered a message of congratulations to the IB graduates. Mr Jones observed that the Diploma Programme is a course of study like no other, which developed discerning thinkers and knowledge creators who learnt to achieve balance in their lives. He urged the graduates to be citizens of the world rather than just clients. The guest speaker was Taylen Furness, a past IB student of the host school, Kardinia International College. Since leaving school in 2008, he has completed an Arts Degree at The University of Melbourne and a scriptwriting course at the Victorian College of the Arts, written a musical and is currently in his third year of a medical degree. He also played violin in the IB Representative Orchestra. In his thoughtful and inspiring speech, Taylen reflected on the IB life and the importance of vision and ideals, the ability to see things differently in a complex way and to think in an open-minded and creative way. He showed that we can solve the problems of the world by approaching life in this way. Taylen’s experiences and achievements, as well as his observations and advice, reminded us of the considerable benefits of the IB Diploma in which risk-taking, reflection and respect for others are part of the learner profile.
Tintern Grammar has been running the IB Diploma Programme for 26 years, with great success. It is an important part of our culture as well as a highly desirable academic pathway in Years 11 and 12. We regularly have our past IB students return to the school to speak at information nights and assemblies where they remark upon the many benefits of the programmes which include excellent preparation for university study and a balanced life. An IB Information Evening will be held in late Term 2.
by Nola Brotchie, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator