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With the IB Diplomas for the Class of 2016 now en route to us from Cardiff, I thought it time to pause and reflect on where we are at on our IB journey at Shekou International School (SIS). SIS was authorised to deliver the IB Diploma in 2010 and graduated its first IB cohort in May 2012. Since that time SIS has worked tirelessly to improve the quality and scope of the IB Diploma Programme year on year. Testimony to the commitment and passion for continual improvement are the results from the class of 2016.
The graduating class of 2016 has been the most successful cohort of the past five years. The results trumpet a string of exemplary results: the highest Diploma point pass of 40 out of a possible 45 for an SIS student; the highest ever SIS average cohort Diploma pass rate of 86.4%, 7.4% above the world average; the highest ever SIS average point score per subject of 5.25 compared to the world average of 4.6; the highest ever SIS average Diploma point score of 33 compared to a world average of 30. And to top this already impressive record of excellence, the class of 2016 also saw the very top IB score of 7 awarded to each of its Visual Arts students.
So what has lead to this success?
It comes as no surprise in educational research that the single biggest determinant of student performance is the relationship between the student and the teacher. A student who is cognitively engaged and academically challenged, yet socially and emotionally secure is ready to achieve more than they thought they ever could. This is the environment teachers create for students at SIS, a learning environment that is second to none. Each dedicated and committed teacher strives to offer a challenging, authentic and personalised learning environment to each and every one of their students, coaching them at every step to reach their full potential.
Our teachers not only have the attitudes and dispositions purposefully suited to the creation of an optimal learning environment, they also have the experience and instructional content training to deliver it. Each of our IB teachers is specifically trained in their respective field of expertise and this training is regularly updated to ensure our teachers have most up to date pedagogical tools at their disposal.
In answer to the question, what has lead to this impressive success? The evidence would strongly suggest that the potent mixture of cognitive engagement and academic challenge for students coupled with the commitment, perseverance, patience and compassion of each of our teachers, leads to the quality results we have just witnessed from the class of 2016.
Mark Robertson-Jones | IB DP Coordinator