January 03, 2020

Congratulations to our International Baccalaureate (IB) students of the Class of 2019, who received their results today. These complement the outstanding results of our VCE students, whose results we celebrated in mid-December (article here).

It was wonderful to join many of our students as they returned to the College to receive their results this afternoon. 

Five* students have achieved perfect IB scores of 45, which equates to the highest possible ATAR of 99.95. Congratulations to Doonya Haputhantrige, Julia Hu, Anjali Jackson, Hazel Thenamkodath and Faith Woon for this fantastic achievement.

Further congratulations to three more students who achieved an IB score of 44, equivalent to an ATAR of 99.85.

  • 22% achieved an ATAR of 99 or above
  • 49% achieved an ATAR of 95 or above
  • 72% achieved an ATAR of 90 or above
  • Median ATAR is an exceptional 95.45
  • 65% of our students also received at least one subject score of 7, which is the highest score possible in IB.

This year’s outstanding IB results complement the success of MLC’s graduating VCE Class of 2019, with 54.24% of the full cohort achieving an ATAR of 90 and above. The median ATAR for the full cohort of Year 12 2019 is 91.4.

“Congratulations to our IB students on these exceptional results,” says Diana Vernon, Principal. “The well-rounded, inquiring nature of the IB Diploma has long aligned with our College’s approach to education, where students graduate not only with an ATAR, but with an education where they have been challenged to think critically, follow new paths of discovery, and to embrace co-curricular activities. 

“I applaud the dedication that each of our students has displayed, the support they have shown one another and the enthusiasm for their learning. I know that each of our students was focussed on achieving her very best. 

“I am immensely proud of every student, and we celebrate all of their achievements during their two-year IB journeys, not simply the ATARs that they receive today. Whilst our students have now been awarded an ATAR, over their journeys they have gained so much more: courage, new skills, personal triumphs, resilience, lifelong friendships and many happy memories”.

To receive their results, many students opt to come into the College to collect them and collectively celebrate their achievements. Naturally, there are many hugs and exclamations of delight!

Three of the students who achieved a perfect score of 45 were unanimous in their emotions: "shocked!"

"It feels surreal, it doesn't feel like reality yet," says Hazel.

However the students agreed that the secret to their success was not solely focusing on study.

"Keep a balance, keep your mental health in check," advises Doonya. "The CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) program in IB really helps."

"We perform our best when we're not just fixated on study," Hazel agrees.

"Enjoy the process, and really look out for each other," Julia adds.

Our Class of 2019 now await Round One university offers on 15 January.  As they embark on the next stages of their journeys – as unique as they will be – we look forward to seeing the positive impact that our students will each make in the future. 

Edited 15/1/20: Previously reported as four students achieving a top ATAR of 99.95. One more student was awarded this ATAR after a Enquiry Upon Results.

Hazel, Principal Diana Vernon, Julia and Doonya

Students find out their results with IB Coordinator, Becc Bunnett

Students celebrate their achievements

Students chat with Diana and Becc

Hazel, Julia and Doonya reflect on their year


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