Excellent Academic Results for Kristin School Students
Academic excellence is one of the key drivers for families choosing a Kristin School education for their children, and Kristin’s proud record in this arena has been further strengthened with another set of excellent examination results for 2018. Kristin’s Senior School students choose to follow either the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or NCEA pathway, and the recently released 2018 results are evidence of the strength of both programmes of study at Kristin.
In the IB Diploma, Kane Wang achieved the perfect score of 45, placing him in the top 0.3% of candidates worldwide; while Polly Huang, Andy Jiang, Jake Lyons and Clementine Rose followed closely behind on 43. These were among 18 Kristin students to achieve a score of at least 40 points, qualifying them as NZ IB Top Scholars. The average score of Kristin students was 35 points, compared to the world average of 30.
Kane was thrilled when he received his results. “When the results came I was surprised, and it took me quite a while to finally calm down and reflect on them. I think the main reason for me to achieve the 45 was luck. I was lucky that I chose the subjects that interest me; I was lucky to study together with motivated people; I was lucky that I've found a study style that suits me; I was lucky to have good teachers; and I was lucky enough to finish my assignments on time. However, I guess the luck would never come to me if I didn't believe in myself, so I'm glad that I did. My advice is that you should always aim for the best. I know it sounds really generic, but it's like playing basketball: you're never going to score if you just aim for the backboard.”
Kane Wang, who achieved a perfect IB diploma score
With over 30 years of experience in teaching the IB Diploma, Kristin School had the largest number of candidates of any New Zealand school in the November examinations session, and over the past 10 years boasts an average pass rate of 98%.
Kristin’s NCEA results also demonstrate the level of academic excellence that is expected from students in such a high achieving environment. With an overall NCEA pass rate of 93.2%, Kristin’s commitment to the national qualification is celebrated throughout the school. A total of 369 students sat Level 1, 2 and 3 NCEA at Kristin in 2018 and of those who sat Level 1, 78.4% were awarded Merit or Excellence endorsed certificates. Across all three NCEA levels, more than 75% of Kristin’s students achieved Merit or Excellence endorsed certificates, compared to 60% from similar schools (decile 8 – 10).
Senior School Principal David Boardman is incredibly proud of his students’ achievements. “Once again our students have shown that with dedication, hard work and the support of excellent teachers they can achieve the difficult goals that they set themselves. My hope is that their time at Kristin has prepared them as fully as possible for the challenges, not purely academic, in life that will lie ahead of them.”