Congratulations to the TGS IB Class of 2020

At the beginning of Term 4 we farewelled our IB2 students. The last few weeks have been extremely busy for them, having to complete the core components of the IB Diploma in record time after the challenges of lockdown and prepare for their final exams.

Our students completed their Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Presentation at the end of Term 3. As part of this IB component, each student chooses a knowledge question and delivers a presentation where they explore all relevant aspects of theories and philosophies they have learnt and apply them to a real life situation. In the Theory of Knowledge course our students are able to showcase their critical thinking skills and familiarise themselves with philosophy and metacognitive concepts that they can then apply to all areas of learning. The topics for their presentations included the trust that the public placed on celebrities when they delivered Covid messages on social media, and the role that politicians’ religious beliefs should play in their decision-making.

This was also the time for their Creativity, Activity and Service sign-off; another IB Core component where our students need to actively engage in sports, creativity and community service experiences. Through this component our students were exposed to a vast range of opportunities, such as Model United Nations, leading various TGS clubs, helping run community events like Vauxhall Primary's Centenary Celebrations, tree planting, or the Glow Festival in Devonport, and sports like baseball, basketball or archery.

Our students’ achievement was acknowledged in our IB2 Prize Giving Ceremony, where Aislin Wells was awarded the Jackie Rodgers Cup for Overall Academic Excellence in International Baccalaureate. Will Dalzell was awarded Proxime Accessit in the International Baccalaureate. Madoka Yamaguchi and Ella Schenkel are Summa cum Laude in the International Diploma Programme. In addition to these awards, Aislin Wells was honoured as Takapuna Grammar School Proxime Accesit and Will Dalzell as Summa cum Laude at the Senior Prizegiving.

Other IB students who were recognised for their achievements were Laiba Batool who was awarded the AFS Award for Promotion of International Understanding. Laiba and Madoka Yamguchi were also awarded Gold Merit Awards for their outstanding co-curricular involvement.

We would also like to pass on our special congratulations to Ella Schenkel, who is the recipient of the Otago University Leaders of Tomorrow scholarship.

We would like to wish our IB2 students at Takapuna Grammar great success for their external exams that are now in progress and all the best for their future studies and careers. 


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