Yi An tops her class as 1 in 7 students earn an ATAR of 98+

Posted 8 January 2018 4:02pm

On the back of impressive ATAR results announced last month, Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) has more reason to celebrate with the announcement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) results.

The strength of these results, combined with the Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) scores, is evidenced through one in seven of the 2017 cohort earning an ATAR of 98 or above.

With a score of 44, equating to an ATAR of 99.85, Yi An Lai also secured the title of 2017 Dux of the School. Yi An is a gifted musician who balanced her academic studies with extensive musical endeavours throughout her six years at CGGS. 

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to have been able to take the International Baccalaureate,” said Yi An, who hopes to study medicine at the University of New South Wales while also continuing to make music.

“The friendships and relationships that I built in CGGS were amongst the things that I loved most about my time [at school]. I am truly grateful for my amazing friends and teachers who spurred me on to work and play even harder together.”

Adele Burke was the School’s top performer in the BSSS system and with an ATAR of 99.80 she plans to study a Bachelor of Aeronautical (Space) Engineering at the University of Sydney. Adele credits CGGS for encouraging young women in STEM fields – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

“Attending CGGS and being passionate in STEM from a young age, there was never a question of whether I could or could not achieve in the field,” said Adele.

“CGGS plays an invaluable role in teaching young women that they can achieve whatever they wish to achieve in the STEM field, young women, who will never be impacted by subconscious bias or peer pressure. Of course, this goes beyond STEM alone, with CGGS graduates succeeding across a wide variety of fields.”

Principal, Mrs Anne Coutts, said the School’s philosophy to give students every opportunity to achieve underpinned the ongoing decision to offer the IB.

“Having access to two very different systems in the BSSS and IB allows our students to play to their strengths and I congratulate all our Year 12 students on their achievements,” said Mrs Coutts.

“We encourage the girls to ‘learn how to learn’ which assists them in exploring their learning and thinking preferences and ultimately, helps them decide which path will serve them best.”

The IBDP median score of 34 increased the School’s median ATAR for 2017 to 85.60, while more than 15% of IBDP students earned an ATAR equivalent of more than 99.

CGGS ATAR snapshot

  • One in seven students earned an ATAR of 98 or above
  • One quarter of the 2017 cohort earned an ATAR above 95
  • Over 40 percent earned an ATAR of 90 or above
  • CGGS is one of only five schools in the ACT which offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
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Photo above: Dux for 2017 - Yi An Lai
Photo below: Top BSSS student - Adele Burke