St Paul’s students aim for international qualifications


Ace: St Paul’s Grammar’s Rashmi Shingde, who got the International Baccalaureate’s top score. Picture: Gary WarrickSt Paul’s Grammar School’s year 12 students excelled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma last year, with many receiving high marks and two earning perfect scores.
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Rashmi Shingde, 18, from Leonay and Andrew Coulshed, 17, from Mount Riverview scored 45 from 45 in the International Baccalaureate (IB), which equates to an ATAR score of 99.95.

Other top-scoring IB Diploma students included Kara Cummins (IB 42: ATAR 99.40) from Mount Riverview, twins, Joe (IB 41: ATAR 98.80) and Tom (IB 40: ATAR 98.15) McMahon both from Cranebrook, Sally Armsworth (IB 40: ATAR 98.15) from Bligh Park and Mikey Epiha (IB 40: ATAR 98.15) from Richmond.

Ms Shingde said she and her whole family were surprised by the high result.

“I was jumping around and crying and calling my best friends,” she said.

“You work towards it but when it does come it always surprises you.”

She said her most rewarding IB subject was chemistry.

“I had a really awesome teacher, Mrs Clapin and we worked together,” Ms Shingde said.

“In the beginning I didn’t know much about it, but with a steep learning curve I knew a fair bit about that science by the end.”

Ms Shingde said the experience of doing the IB while other year 12 students did the HSC in her grade became normal.

“We still see our friends, doing common things like chapel, and other places.”

Her short-term goal is to complete her Bachelor of Medicine at the University of NSW where she’s been accepted and the long-term is crafting health policy.

“I want to help close the gap between the best information and technology and what is realistically accessible,” Ms Shingde said.

She believes St Paul’s Grammar was a good place to be an IB student.

“There are lots of resources you can tap into,” Ms Shingde said.

“The teachers are really good because they know the course well and their passion rubs off on you.”

Andrew Coulshed said the IB ideas were similar to the HSC but provide a broader focus.

He said each student completed three extra units called Creativity Action and Service that require 50 hours of extra-curricular time.

“I did hockey for action, piano for activity and did a community organisation at the hockey program for community service,” he said.

Mr Coulshed hopes to study medicine after focusing on greater Sydney health outcomes for his IB extended research project.

“I did a research essay on health outcomes of patients in the Sydney basin and how socio-economic factors influenced those outcomes.”

Mr Coulshed said the teachers and students supported each other.

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