SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) – On July 6, 2020, eighteen students of the St Dominic High School International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme received the results of their two-year commitment to the IB. This year there were 15 diploma candidates and three course candidates in the programme.
Maintaining its current trend once again, 12 of the 15 (80%) IB Diploma candidates met the requirements to be awarded the internationally recognized IB Diploma.
Yvette Serrata Rosario and Daniel Naawu scored the highest with a cumulative score of 32 points out of a possible 45 for their six subjects. Both students received 2 bonus points for Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. They also studied a seventh subject, Physics SL, since they will be furthering their education in the field of Biomedical Sciences. Yvette and Daniel have been accepted to Maastricht University. To qualify for an IB Diploma students must take 6 subjects and complete Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and write a 4,000-word Extended Essay.
Noteworthy performances were demonstrated by the following candidates: Gaurav Lakhwani who received a grade 7 in the subject Business Management HL and Galena Remy achieved a grade 7 in Biology SL and she will major in Forensic Psychology. This year students have been offered acceptances at the following institutions:
University of Delft
Eindhoven University of Technology
University of Groningen
Kingston University London
University of Kent
London South Bank University
Manchester Metropolitan University
University of East London
University of Manchester
University of Toronto
University of East Anglia
Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Saxion University of Applied Sciences
Stenden University of Applied Sciences
Queen Mary University of London
Oxford Brookes University
HAN University of Applied Sciences
Den Haag School of Applied Sciences
According to the Diploma Programme Coordinator Ms. Marie Richardson: “These students faced unprecedented challenges and almost insurmountable obstacles having to continue their studies via Zoom, Google Classroom and Google Meet. According to the IB learner profile, they are true risk-takers who had to approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage. The results for their Diplomas and Course certificates were based on the students’ internal assessments and practical work for each subject and guided by the rigorous assessment and quality measures established by the IB organization’s 52 years of expertise. St. Dominic High School’s IB Diploma candidates achieved an average score of 29. Once again, we are in line with the global mean diploma point score of 29.90. I am confident in saying that the IB Class of 2020, is best prepared for whatever they may encounter in this fast and ever changing times we live in. The teachers, students and parents deserve hearty congratulations.”
Dr. Siva Kumari, the IB General Director, expressed the following when IB results were released on July 6: “An IB education has always been about more than results and this year, students have had to deal with a level of global disruption that has never been experienced before. Every IB graduate should be proud of their achievements, not just reaching this milestone, but in the great flexibility and commitment they have shown in overcoming such obstacles. We know that the IB has prepared them to be better learners for life – to be better, more critical thinkers, better at formulating excellent questions and finding the answers, and better suited to adapting to our ever-changing world.”
St Dominic High is one of 3,421 schools worldwide offering the Diploma Programme. The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous and academically challenging pre-university curriculum where students select and study six subjects from six groups – literature, foreign language, individuals and societies, experimental sciences, mathematics and the arts. In order to qualify for the diploma, students must complete the following core requirements: a 4,000 word Extended Essay (EE), the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course which examines how knowledge is acquired and the various kinds of knowledge that exists, Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) requiring students to engage in the arts, sports and the community. The Diploma Programme was designed to not only address the academic needs of each student, but also to target the students’ social, emotional and physical well-being in order to give them the skills to be successful contributive citizens and members of our global community.