Airlie Kinross and Georgina Calvert were joint Dux of the School for 2016, having both achieved a perfect International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 45 out of a possible 45 points.

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 was such a long wait (for the results) but, in the end, it's all worth it," Airlie said. 

“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.


 Joint 2016 Dux of the School, Georgina Calvert (left) and Airlie Kinross

From Bowral in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Airlie joined Geelong Grammar School in Year 9 at Timbertop. However, it wasn't until Airlie came to Senior School at Corio in Year 10 that she really embraced boarding school life. "I loved the freedom of boarding at Corio," she said. "The positive environment within Garnett House, created by both the teachers and the students, was great for me." Airlie was Vice Captain of Garnett House and a member of the Girls' 1st Hockey team, Senior School Choir and Karen Homework Club. She also participated in the Monash Scholars Program and received the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. "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 Medical Science-Medicine at Sydney University after taking a gap year. "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."

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. Georgina was Captain of Debating, Captain of Hockey, Captain of Tennis, House Prefect in Fraser House and played bassoon in the Senior School Band. She also won the Swannie Award for Best Speaker in the Geelong region of the Debaters Association of Victoria Schools Competition and represented the APS (Associated Public Schools of Victoria) in Hockey and Tennis. “I am so grateful for all the opportunities that Geelong Grammar has given me," she said. "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.” Georgina is planning to study a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney while staying at Women’s College.