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Kristin’s IB Top Scholars Honoured at Government House

The academic success of 14 Kristin students was celebrated at the annual International Baccalaureate (IB) Top Scholars’ Awards Ceremony at Government House Auckland on Tuesday night.  
Now in its third year, the Top Scholar Awards Ceremony honours the New Zealand candidates who achieve a score of 40 points or more, out of a possible 45, in the prestigious IB Diploma. Students who attain this score are ranked in the top 6% of students worldwide. One in six of Kristin’s recent IB Diploma graduates achieved this result.
The ceremony, hosted by His Excellency, Lieutenant General the Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, Governor General of New Zealand, was attended by New Zealand’s top IB Diploma students, their families, IB Heads Caucus of NZ, School Heads and academic dignitaries from throughout the country. His Excellency addressed the guests and presented the awards.  
Isobel Campbell received special recognition for being one of eight individuals to achieve a perfect score of 45 in her Diploma – something achieved by only 0.2% of IB Diploma candidates worldwide. Following closely behind Isobel were fellow Kristin students Lucy Bayliss (44), Mack Lee (44), Lingshu Liu (43), Nadia Sussman (43), Tabitha Yeoh (43), Alec Xie (42), Celina Chang (41), Isabelle Hunt (41), Holly Thomas (41), Sorina Casvean-Muresan (40), Louis Harden-Bull (40), Ji Youn Kim (40) and Andrew Wetherell (40).
At last year’s Senior School Prize-giving, Isobel was awarded the Claudia Wysocki Memorial Trophy for IB Dux of School.
The IB Diploma at Kristin
All of Kristin’s Senior School students undertake Level 1 NCEA in Year 11 before being offered the choice to either continue with Levels 2 and 3, or to begin the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma programme in Year 12. While NCEA and IB are both challenging qualifications, the dual pathways provide the opportunity for students to take greater control of their learning, allowing them to choose an academic format to suit their learning styles and to customise their qualification towards their tertiary aspirations.

Year 5 Scientist Achieves NCEA Success
While most 9-year-olds are yet to fully understand the notion of exams and the NCEA achievement standards that will define their school years in the future, one young Kristin student has excelled well beyond his age group, achieving remarkable results in NCEA Level 1 Science.
Currently a Year 6 student in Kristin’s Junior School, Iain Lam has been studying advanced Science since Year 3 when his classroom teacher identified Iain’s exceptional talent for understanding scientific concepts. Iain was identified by an Educational Psychologist and Occupational Therapist as a gifted child with learning difficulties when he was in Year 0 and he skipped Year 1 after the assessment and recommendation from the school.
In consultation with Rod Fee, the teacher in charge of Gifted Education and Advanced Inquiry at Kristin, the Junior School pastoral team established a programme that would allow Iain to expand his science skills while supporting all areas of his development and learning.
Through weekly lessons with Rebecca Simpson, a science teacher and Senior School House Dean, and regular maths tutoring, Iain’s knowledge and understanding quickly developed, allowing him to officially join the NCEA Level 1 class at the beginning of Year 5 under the guidance of Dawn Sullivan, Head of Kristin’s Science faculty.
After a year at this level, Iain achieved 16 credits in Level 1 Science, 12 of which were with Merit. Iain stays with his Junior School class for all other literacy subjects and more importantly, still enjoys his social life with his peers in the Junior School.
This model, which brings together teachers and support staff from all three schools, has proven to be a very effective way to support the academic and pastoral needs of gifted children such as Iain.
Kristin’s Junior School Principal, Diana Patchett, believes that students such as Iain can benefit hugely from a multifaceted approach like what has been demonstrated at Kristin. “We pride ourselves on offering a differentiated programme in all classrooms, so that there is an appropriate level of challenge in place for all students to extend their learning.  Where we identify students with exceptional abilities, Kristin is able to mobilise resources within our community to develop their unique skills while taking care to ensure a balanced approach to their overall wellbeing and education.”
Iain will be taking part in NCEA Level 1 Further Science this year.

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