Five former John McGlashan College pupils have achieved exam
results in the top echelons of the International
Baccalaureate diploma, and have been invited to a New Zealand
Top Scholars' dinner in Wellington.
Former Year 13 pupils Kyu Kim and Yoshi Nishimura gained 44
out of a possible 45 in the diploma examinations. Sam Guest
and Nick White achieved 43 and Joshua Quon 42.
Deputy principal David Boardman said their marks placed them
in a select group world-wide and gained them an invitation to
the New Zealand Top Scholars' dinner at Government House in
''I am overjoyed with how the students have done.
''It is a testament to the hard work and focus that they had
put in over the past 18 months.''
The boys were among 15 year 13 pupils who completed the
demanding programme last year, and another 22 were on foreign
language exchange at present, Mr Boardman said.
''The college average this year was 35 points, out of a
maximum 45, and this puts them well ahead of the 2013 world
average of 29.95.
''Students have reason to be very pleased with their
results,'' he said.
John McGlashan College has offered the International
Baccalaureate diploma alongside NCEA since 1999, and is the
only boys' school in the South Island delivering it.
Mr Boardman said the diploma was a broad-based programme,
requiring pupils to follow six subjects, including a second
language, a research project and a service component.
''Its real strength is how it prepares students for tertiary
education,'' he said.