IB Diploma is the 'upper hand' to a global career

Posted 8 February 2013 10:43am

PHOTO: CGGS International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) graduate in 2012 Rati Venkatesh with CGGS IB Diploma Coordinator Francis McGuigan. CREDIT: Courtesy of The Chronicle newspaper.

Canberra Girls Grammar School's (CGGS) first ever results in the IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma exams have exceeded expectations, setting up graduates for top international careers.

CGGS students recorded an average IB score of 36 out of 45 (an ATAR equivalent of 94.85), topping the global IB average of 30 out of 45.

CGGS IB Diploma Programme coordinator Francis McGuigan said CGGS had received a lot of interest in its IB program.

"We are the first independent school in the ACT to offer the IB Diploma in Years 11 and 12. Globally, the course is so popular, it is said that a new IB school opens up every day somewhere around the world," he said.

CGGS IB graduate Rati Venkatesh, who scored 40 out of 45, has accepted a place at the University of Sydney to study a Bachelor of Pharmacy and hopes to follow a career overseas with Medecins Sans Frontieres.

She says the IB Diploma has been an invaluable and challenging journey that has given her an upper hand in pursuing an international career.

"You have to go all the way with this diploma. There's no point not putting in 100 per cent. You have to be able to sacrifice a lot of spare time to manage the extra study, but I know it's all been worth it," she said.