IB and ‘O’ Level results: Joy and gratitude in ACS (Independent)

ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (INDEPENDENT)students had much to celebrate when the results of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and the GCE ‘O’ Level examinations were released last month.

On January 6, it was revealed that 37 IB students from ACS (Independent) formed the lion’s share of perfect scorers from Singapore who sat for the November 2012 examinations. Nationally, 41 candidates in Singapore achieved a perfect score in the November 2012 session, and globally there were 176 perfect scorers for 2012.

This sixth cohort of ACS (Independent) IB students also improved on the school’s average score, raising it from 41.35 points last year to 41.65 points this year. Significantly, the quality of passes has improved, with 84.6 per cent of students scoring 40 or more points, compared to 78.2 per cent in the previous year.

According to the International Baccalaureate Organisation, over 4,300 students in Asia-Pacific took the IBDP examinations in November 2012 and the average score worldwide was 30.06.

Among the students who received their results was the school’s pioneer cohort of 23 Humanities Scholarship Programme (HSP) students. They performed well, with nine of them among the perfect scorers.

ACS (Independent) took in its first batch of HSP students in 2011 and is the only HSP centre in Singapore offering the IBDP. The Humanities Scholarship is offered by the Ministry of Education to encourage outstanding students to study the humanities at the pre-university level.

Mr Winston Hodge, Principal of ACS (Independent), said: “The outstanding set of results is testimony to the rigour and quality of the IBDP Programme offered by ACS (Independent).”On January 10, the joy was doubled as students who sat for the 2012 GCE ‘O’ Level Examination achieved ACS (Independent)’s best results since 2005.

The cohort improved on the Mean Subject Grade (MSG), L1B5 aggregate (First Language and five Best subjects) and the percentage of students qualifying for junior college. In terms of overall academic performance, the MSG was 2.46 (it was 2.57 in 2011) and the L1B5 aggregate was 11.99 (previously 12.94 in 2011). Smaller numbers in these indicators denote a better result.

Significantly, more students (43.1 per cent) obtained an L1B5 score of 10 points and below, compared to 30.9 per cent the year before. Based on their results, 98.8 per cent of the cohort will be able to pursue a Pre-University education, of which 96.1 per cent can be admitted into a junior college and 2.7 per cent to a three-year Pre-University course.

Of the 28 subjects offered by the school, 15 had higher percentage distinction scores than the national average. The subjects are English Language, Literature, History, Combined Humanities, Mathematics D, Additional Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Malay, Tamil, Higher Art, Higher Music (MEP), Hindi and Japanese.Mr Hodge said: “As always, God has been faithful and kind to our school and we have much to be thankful for. Our school SCHOOLSIB and ‘O’ Level results: Joy and gratitude in ACS (Independent)family and community share in the joy of all our students’ success.

“We are pleased that their hard work, motivation and cooperation with their teachers have been recognised by this solid performance. The results also recognise the dedication of our teachers who have journeyed so faithfully with their students on their path of learning and growth and the unwavering support of parents and their families.” The school is also grateful for the encouragement and support from its Board of Governors, the Board of Management, the ACS Old Boys’ Association, The Methodist Church in Singapore, the Ministry of Education (MOE) and its stakeholders.

Above all, ACS (Independent) is thankful to God for His blessings and favour on its students, their teachers and the school.

Above picture caption: International Baccalaureate students from ACS (Independent) react with cheer to their outstanding results. -ACS (Independent) picture.

Joy is likewise seen in the faces of these ACS (Independent) students at the good news of the GCE ‘O’ Level results. ACS (Independent) picture.