On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending the IB Schools of New Zealand Top Scholars’ Awards Ceremony at Government House Auckland. There, two 2012 Year 13 students, Lydia Hingston (2012 IB Dux) and Sarah Novak, watched by their proud parents, received awards from the Governor General, Jerry Mateparae. To achieve the title of a Top Scholar, graduates must gain at least 40 points: a feat achieved by just 6% of the world’s IB Diploma students. Congratulation to our Top Scholars, Sarah and Lydia, who this year will be studying Health Science at Otago and Auckland respectively.
Earlier in the week, NZQA released the Level 4 Scholarship results. Click to view Seventeen Scholarships were gained, five more than last year. This is an impressive tally as half of the cohort of 75 girls, those who sat IB diploma, could only sit a few scholarship subjects as the course content in so many IB subjects is quite different. Last year’s NCEA Dux, Ashna Basu, deserves special mention gaining Scholarships in Chemistry and Statistics and Modelling. I congratulate Ashna on her superb results and the fact she has gained direct entry into Sydney University to study Medicine. The staff are thrilled with the strong academic performances of 2013 and we will acknowledge QMC ‘Top Scholars’ at a special assembly to be held later this term.
There was a good turnout for the Year 12 Level meeting held this week. Next Friday, 22 February, there will be the traditional Year 13 barbecue and I look forward to catching up with parents of girls in their final year. These year level events are such a positive way to start the year as, despite the fact we communicate electronically in so many ways, nothing surpasses personal interactions. One message that I have conveyed at all of these meetings is the importance I place on communication with parents. We are always looking to improve this. To this end, this year we have a Parent Portal on the website, MyQMC. Details on the Parent Portal follow.