This has been far from a ‘normal year’ and yet, the Class of 2020 has done themselves proud with some outstanding IB grades this year. We are extremely proud of the group of 69 pupils who, despite the challenges that are specific to this year, managed to score an average of 35 points (5 points above the world average) and have shown themselves to be truly world class!
The IB diploma programme is internationally recognised as an extremely robust and academically challenging two year course. Pupils study six subjects across the curriculum with a core programme of academic research, philosophy and action, creativity and service activities. The maximum score is 45 points and we are especially proud that over 90% of pupils achieved the bilingual diploma, studying both Portuguese and English as a first language, and that our modern languages continues to be a real strength in the school. For the second year running, all pupils studying a modern foreign language scored only a 6 or 7, and in Portuguese as a second language every pupil scored the top grade – 7. This truly is remarkable and our teachers of foreign languages and their pupils must be both pleased and proud of all they have achieved this year!
Brazilian social studies, a relatively new subject at the school, also scored only 6 and 7 grades, and higher level maths, acknowledged as an extremely challenging course for the strongest mathematicians, scored 90% 6 and 7 grades – the budding engineers, statisticians and economists in this group will go a long way with such excellent maths scores as they head off to university. 100% of our theatre pupils secured a 6 or 7, for the first time in some years, and they must also be congratulated.
Achieving 40 or more points is a great achievement, and only 2% of candidates globally succeed in this; this year we have 9 pupils in this category and we send them our special congratulations. Very well done to Isabella, Gonzalo, Luigi, Pedro, Laura, Aida, Gian Luca, Amelia and Estela. These are extremely impressive young people and they should be very proud of what they have managed to achieve, in such challenging circumstances.
This group of young men and women now look ahead to life beyond school and many of them have excellent offers at the best universities in the world. As they become Old Pauleans, we wish them success and happiness for the future, and we thank them, their parents and teachers, and all those who have contributed to this fabulous set of results. Parabéns to them all!