NAT AND HARRY TOP IB RESULTS

Nat Lam and Harry Wyatt were joint Dux of the School for 2017, having both achieved a near-perfect International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 44 out of a possible 45 points. The pair's score converts to an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 99.85.

Harry and Nat headline the School’s strong IB results. 60 students completed the IB Diploma in 2017 (in addition to the 143 students who completed the VCE) and 10 students achieved a score of 40 or above – Harry, Nat, Sophie Hiscock (43), Finn Orford (43), Liv Sewell (41), Ieva Guoga (41), Dan White (41), Anita Jiang (40), Sophie von Doussa (40) and Abbie Whitton (40) all achieved excellent results.

From Russells Bridge - about a 20-minute drive up the Midland Highway - Harry attended Geelong Grammar School from the age of three; beginning in the Early Learning Centre at Bostock House all the way back in 2003. "I've enjoyed every minute of it," Harry said of his time at GGS. "It will be weird to no-longer go to school and be entrenched in that community (like I have been), but there's still that connection with the School through the OGGs." Harry felt a mixture of surprise and delight upon receiving his results; he knew he'd put the hard work in throughout the year, but understood that hard work doesn't always translate to a 44 or 45. "A couple of the exams were harder than I expected, so I was pleasantly surprised when I received my results. All the hard work has really paid off."

For Harry, the broad offering of the IB Diploma appealed to him in Year 10 as he didn't really know what he wanted to do post-school. "I chose the IB to keep my options open as I was unsure what path I wanted to take," he said. "Once I started the IB I found that I really enjoyed sciences, and now I plan to study Advanced Science at ANU." Harry received the Francis Hope Lascelles and Lady Robinson Prize for Reading, the R G Brokenshire Prize for Practical Physics and Chemistry, and the Ray Stalker Prize for Physics. He was awarded Colours for Academic Work and Soccer; Harry was the goalkeeper for this year's 1st XI Soccer team.

Nat came to Corio in Year 8 from Hong Kong as the first Lee Hysan Scholar* to attend GGS. Candidates for the Lee Hysan Scholarship must exhibit "potential for all-round development" and one need only look at Nat's snapshot in the 2017 Corian to see what a great all-rounder she is. Captain of Badminton, Captain of Choir, Charity Captain, Colours for Ballet (among other things) and seven prizes (ranging from the Charles Murray Maxwell Prize for Biology to the Garnett Parents' Association Environmental Prize); the resume of a graduate who took every opportunity the School offered to her. "I like to try new things but I feel my experience at Timbertop gave me the confidence to do so," Nat said. "I'd never hiked or run any distance longer than 800 metres before going to Timbertop. The Timbertop experience not only forced me out of my comfort zone, but also proved that I have the potential to do things that I once thought to be impossible." Like Harry, Nat was quite surprised and pleased by her results and hopes to study Veterinary Science (either in the UK or in Australia).

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Nat expressed her gratitude once again to the Lee Hysan Foundation. "I feel very grateful for all the opportunities the scholarship has offered me. It really was a life-changing experience to have the opportunity to go to GGS."

 

*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.