Exceptional Results for Redlands IB Students

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Redlands large cohort of 61 IB students achieved exceptional results in the 2015 International Baccalaureate exams with 25% achieving an ATAR of 98 or more.  

Top performing student Olivia Thompson achieved a perfect IB score of 45 out of 45, equivalent to an ATAR of 99.95 and Tamae Ishikawa achieved an IB score of 44 out of 45, which is equivalent to an ATAR of 99.85. 

In total, 9 Redlands IB students achieved an ATAR of 99 or more, 15 Redlands IB students (25 per cent of the 61 IB candidates) achieved an ATAR of 98 or more, and 26 (more than 40 per cent of IB candidates) received ATARs of 95 or more.

Dr Peter Lennox, Principal of Redlands, said the large IB cohort – some 50 per cent of the Class of 2015 – met and exceeded the challenges of the rigorous international course, and their results reflected their personal best. 

“All of our students pushed the boundaries of their knowledge, and to see the outcome of those years’ worth of work is extremely rewarding,” said Dr Lennox.

“A special acknowledgment must be made for Olivia and Tamae, who achieved truly spectacular results of which they should be very proud.

“Redlands has offered the IB for more than 25 years, longer than any other school in NSW, and for many of these students the wait was certainly worth it.

“I congratulate the whole year on their hard work, whether they were amongst the group who have just received their IB marks, or those who received their HSC marks last month.

“The Class of 2015 was a motivated group of young people who were actively involved in school life, and I have no doubt that they will go on to apply those attributes in their future endeavours.” 

The top achieving Redlands IB students included:

  • Olivia Thompson achieved a perfect IB score of 45/45 (ATAR 99.95). Olivia, who was awarded the 2015 Redlands IB General Merit Prize, has already been accepted into four universities in the United Kingdom, where she plans to undertake tertiary study in English Literature.
  • Tamae Ishikawa achieved a near perfect IB score of 44/45 (ATAR: 99.85). Tamae was awarded the 2015 Redlands IB Prize for Academic Excellence and plans to study either Linguistics at a university in the United Kingdom or Law at Keio University in Tokyo. While at Redlands Tamae participated in the Ballet and Dance program, the Choir and the School Musical.   

They join top achieving Redlands HSC student:

  • Sonia Kalcina, who achieved an ATAR of 99.55 and placed 5th in the state for English Extension 1. In 2015 Sonia was awarded the Redlands HSC Prize for Academic Excellence and is now considering her tertiary study options.  These include a place at Oxford University to study Mathematics, a place at UNSW to study Medicine and a place at Sydney University to study Advanced Mathematics and Arts.   In addition to her studies, Sonia was a School Prefect and Captain of Tennis, represented the School in Snowsports and was a talented performer in our Music program, participating in Orchestra, Strings and Guitar Ensembles and Choir. 

In total, nine Redlands IB students received a bilingual diploma, qualifying in both English and languages as diverse as Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Chinese and Japanese.

Around half of the 2015 Year Group chose to study the IB, with the other half having received their HSC results in December last year.

Amongst a strong performance in the HSC candidates were five students who received top five rankings in the state, in Japanese Background Speakers, Swedish Continuers and English Extension 1.