AIRLIE MATCHES GEORGINA’S PERFECT SCORE
Airlie Kinross joins Georgina Calvert as the joint Dux of the School, having achieved a perfect International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 45 out of a possible 45 points when her IB results were re-marked earlier this week.
The pair were two of just 34 students across Australia who achieved a perfect IB score, which converts to an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 99.95.
“It is absolutely unbelievable,” Georgina said. “It (45) was my predicted score but you take that with a grain of salt and you’ve got work very hard to achieve it. It feels incredible.”
Airlie and Georgina headline the School’s outstanding IB results. 53 students completed the IB Diploma in 2016 (in addition to the 156 students who completed the VCE) and 10 students achieved a score of 40 or above – Airlie, Georgina, Eliza Chomley (44), Sasha Culley (43), Peter Fair (42), Tom Grills (42), Lucy Stewart (40), Isabelle Stringer (40), Sarah Ellice-Flint (40) and Grace Creati (40) all achieved excellent results.
Originally from Irrewarra, near Colac, Georgina joined Geelong Grammar School as a Day Boarding student in Year 10 and immersed herself in all aspects of school life – she was Captain of Debating, Captain of Hockey, Captain of Tennis, House Prefect in Fraser House and played bassoon in the Senior School Band. “I am so grateful for all the opportunities that Geelong Grammar has given me. It is a very special and unique school and I believe that the sense of community is unparalleled. Day Boarding gave me the best of both worlds. Everyone in Fraser House was so supportive and inclusive. There was always someone next door willing to help and I think that brought everyone up. The teachers were fantastic. They were contactable at any time I needed them and their words of wisdom and encouragement were invaluable.”
She said that the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma enabled her to flourish in her final years of secondary school. “It forces you to balance your academic subjects with extra-curricular activities as part of CAS (Creativity, Action, Service), and it encourages you to really engage in your subjects, to think creatively and outside of the box.”
Georgina also excelled at debating and sport, winning the Swannie Award for Best Speaker in the Geelong Region of the Debaters Association of Victoria Schools Competition in 2015 and 2016, while representing the APS in both hockey and tennis. “Sport really gave me a break from academic work. It relaxes you and brings you back to reality. The team environment is also a really welcome change.”
Georgina is planning to study a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney while staying at Women’s College.
Airlie, hailing from Bowral in NSW, joined the School at Timbertop in Year 9 and progressed to Garnett House for the remainder of her schooling. She was a vice captain of Garnett and earned Colours for Hockey. Airlie was the recipient of the Charles Murray Maxwell Prize for both Biology and Chemistry; the Psychology Prize; the Russell and Austin Prize for Poetry; and was part of the Monash Scholars Programme.
There are a number of advantages associated with the IB but, according to Airlie, the January 4 results release date was not one of them. "It was such a long wait but, in the end, it's all worth it," Airlie said. Agonizing wait aside, Everything else about the IB just seemed resonate with her. "The best piece of advice I received, concerning the IB, was if your subjects fit it, do it."
Moving from Bowral to begin Year 9 at Timbertop was at times daunting and Airlie admits that it wasn't until she came to Corio in Year 10 that she really felt comfortable away from home. "I loved the freedom of boarding at Corio and the positive environment within Garnett House - created by both the teachers and students - was great for me." With the Corio Campus feeling now like a second home, Airlie looked to involve herself in everything the School had to offer; from playing the guitar or singing in the Choir, to getting involved in the Karen Homework Club. "It was such a privilege to attend Geelong Grammar School and, whether I was good at it or not, I wanted to make the most of every opportunity."
Airlie plans to study Medicine after taking a gap year; which she hopes will be a mixture of work and play. "After working for the first half of the year, I'd love to go to France," Airlie said. "I vowed to myself that if I achieved a 7 in French I would work really hard to become fluent."