AWESOME FOURSOME SCORE 44

Do Yeong Kim, Alexandra Louey, Bernice Ng and Ally Routley achieved near-perfect International Baccalaureate (IB) scores of 44 out of 45 when results were released on Thursday 3 January. Their score converts to an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 99.85.

Do Yeong, Alexandra, Bernice and Ally headline the School’s strong IB results. 66 students completed the IB Diploma in 2018 (in addition to the 156 students who completed the VCE) and 12 students achieved a score of 42 or above – Alexandra, Allyson, Bernice, Do Yeong, Edwina Jackson (43), Tae Yeong Kim (43), Archibald Whitford (43), Chloe Chang (42), Mieke Fowles (42), Oscar Hollands (42), Mimi Holmes (42) and Jaius Rhyon (42) all achieved outstanding results.

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Do Yeong and Tae Yeong at the 2018 Allen House Dinner.

From Point Cook, Do Yeong arrived at the School in Year 7 alongside his twin brother, Tae Yeong. When it came to selecting a secondary school, it was the image of GGS as being a "more well-rounded school, rather than one focussed solely on academics" that appealed to both Do Yeong and Tae Yeong. A day boarder in Allen House, Do Yeong was House Music Captain and received half colours for Music. Across both IB and VCE, the results coming out of Allen were outstanding and you need only listen to Do Yeong talk about the environment to understand why. "I loved Allen so much. Mr Hutley was really supportive. Within the house, we had that balance between academics while still having a lot of fun," he said. Do Yeong hopes to study Medicine at James Cook University.

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Ally at the Year 11 Resilience Retreat

Ally, from Connewarre, started at the School in Year 6 in Otway House, progressing through Middle School and onto Timbertop before completing Senior School in Allen House. Upon learning her results on Thursday, Ally was pleasantly surprised. "My predicted score (going into exams) was little lower and I felt that I could have done better in a couple of exams, so to get a score of 44 is fantastic," Ally said. Ally's decision-making process that led her to the IB, rather than VCE, follows a similar thread to a number of other IB high achievers in recent years- she was unsure of what she wanted to study beyond GGS, so the IB helped to keep her options open. "The IB allowed me to try a bit of everything, while also maintaining a language (Japanese)," Ally said. A subject list of Biology, Chemistry, English, Geography, Japanese, Literature and Mathematics reflects that approach. Ally hopes to study Bio Medicine at Monash or The University of Melbourne.

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Bernice with her family at Speech Day in 2018

Lee Hysan scholar Bernice Ng followed in the footsteps of fellow Lee Hysan scholar and joint dux of the School in 2017, Nat Lam, by achieving 44 out of 45. Bernice received the Westpac Bank Prize for Economics, was part of the Corio Music Programme and performed in two GGS Ballet Concerts; A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018) and Peter and the Wolf (2017). The Lee Hysan Foundation Scholarship Scheme sends one student to GGS and one student to Rugby School (UK) each year who would be unable to attend without financial assistance. Candidates for a Lee Hysan Scholarship need to have a solid academic background and good potential for all-round development; Bernice, and indeed Nat before her, are well on the way to fulfilling said potential.

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Alexandra, from Melbourne, attended GGS from the age of three at Bostock House. Alexandra received a number of awards during her time at GGS, including the Cuthbertson, Sanderson and Isabel Henderson Essay Prize, Sinclaire Trust Prize for Entrepreneurship, and the Charles Murray Maxwell Prize for Chemistry, while receiving colours for Tennis after playing for the Girls' 1st team in 2017/18. She was a member of the Karen Homework Club and completed the Lorne 160 in 2017. Alexandra credits the working environment generated by a committed Garnett House IB cohort as a factor in her academic success. "The general support that everyone showed for one another, which I think came from that common understanding (of students undertaking the IB) of how the others were feeling, made a big difference," Alexandra said. She hopes to study Science at The University of Melbourme. Alexandra's sister, Stephanie, was one of the School's top three VCE performers in 2016.