2019 has been a record-breaking year in many respects for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) at Sri KDU International Secondary School (SKISS). For the first time, 24 students took the May 2019 IBDP exams and I am extremely pleased to say that it was our most successful exam session yet! I have always been proud of being a teacher at SKISS but July 6th 2019 was the happiest and proudest I have been at the school. It was fantastic to see so many students achieve so highly and set the highest standard in international schools in Malaysia.
Our average point score was 36.5 out of a possible 45 points, a remarkable achievement given that the world average was once again 29.6 points. The Diploma pass mark is 24 points and 100% of our students achieved 28 points or higher.
There were some standout individual performances as one of our students, Han Kai Ding Max achieved the maximum point score of 45 points. It is a truly remarkable achievement and one I am sure that will open many doors for him in the future. Only 213 students of 166,278 taking the IB Diploma achieved this score. Max has elected to take a gap year which will enable him to choose where he studies in the future after working on his passions in many fields, notably including a turtle sanctuary on the east coast of Malaysia.
For the first time we also had a student, Lee Yong, take 7 subjects. This in itself is a daunting task as Lee Yong elected to take Music on top of his standard 6 choices. As a result of this endeavour, he achieved a total of 50 points, 43 of which went towards his official IB Diploma. Lee Yong will be studying Chemistry at Imperial College London and his natural flair for the sciences will stand him in good stead I am sure.
Three other students also achieved above 40 points. Genevieve Ooi Jinhui and Melissa Huijun Goon both achieved 44 points and they are going to London School of Economics to study Law and the University of British Columbia to study Biological Sciences respectively. Calvin Tham achieved 40 points and he has also elected to study Law at University College London.
Many of our other graduates met the requirements of their first choices and the students will be studying an eclectic mix of courses from Dance Science to Business and Finance and Journalism. I wish them all the best for the future, our growing list of alumni are now having a huge impact on the world of work both in Malaysia and overseas.
It is worth mentioning a number of specific subjects who have again achieved some fantastic point scores. There were averages of 7 in Music and Chinese B and Mandarin ab initio enjoyed an average of 6.6. History and English were again among our strongest subjects achieving average point scores of 5.9 and 6.2 respectively. In Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay, there were 4 A’s in each subject giving us an average point score of 1.8 out of a possible 3 points.
The results in May 2019 were fantastic and here at Sri KDU International School, we are hoping to continue striving for excellence and making improvements to the programme each and every year.
Mr Edward Baxter