IB students are continuing to share their results after they were released on Thursday, and among them are yet more perfect scorers and ones from English Schools Foundation (ESF) schools. The schools include Sha Tin College and King George V School, where eight and four students respectively achieved full marks on the exam There was also a handful of perfect scorers from West Island School and South Island School.
A total of 15 students from English Schools Foundation (ESF) students achieved a top International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 45. ESF reported an average of 35.8 points among its 951 students who sat the May 2017 exams.
Eight perfect scorers came from Sha Tin College. They were Henry Lui (a Young Post junior reporter), Peter Chau Ling-yat, Virginia Ip Hei-tung, Michael Bowen Law, Li Tuoyuan, Joey Wong Cho-wing, Candy Wong Wai-ling, and Jeffrey Yam Pak-hei.
Henry is considering studying a dual degree programme specialising in law and another undecided subject at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) or University College of London. Peter and Michael plan to study law and international business programmes, respectively, at HKU.
Other top scorers from Sha Tin College are considering pursuing their bachelor’s degrees overseas. Virginia wants to study economics at Northwestern University, Chicago, while Tuoyuan is eyeing an economics degree at University of Chicago. And Joey is hoping to study political science at the University of Cambridge.
Henry says the friendly competition among students may have contributed to Sha Tin College boasting so many perfect scorers. What surprised Henry was finding out he was among that list.
“I was really quite shocked. I knew it would be more than 40 but I wasn’t expecting this; especially since I felt I did poorly in English literature,” he said.
Asked for study tips for future IB students, Henry said getting enough sleep is essential.
“I stopped studying at 11pm every night, as I believe having time to rest helps me focus better.” He added that it is important not to put too much emphasis on one set of results: “Try your best and don’t give yourself too much stress. There are many pathways to success. Be open-minded and consider how you can contribute to the community.”
Further, Henry said being part of Young Post's Junior Reporter Club helped him in his studies. That writing columns, especially for Young Post's op-ed page, improved his writing skills. “Many IB subjects required me to write a lot, and writing YP columns has improved my style and technique. I think it’s one of the reasons why I’ve achieved a top score.”
Candy from Sha Tin College hopes to study dentistry at either a university in Hong Kong or in Canada, because she believes good dental hygiene is an important part of overall health and well-being. “Clean teeth were key to giving us confidence,” she said.
King George V School also produced four top scorers: Cyrus Chan Wang-kit, Alexander Li Lin, Michelle Lin, Siri Livingston. Cyrus plans to study medicine, and Alexander is considering biology at the University of California, Berkeley.
Doran Helen Yi-ching and Mila Hazel Lytherao are West Island School's perfect scorers, and Helen tells Young Post she's overjoyed and shocked at her results, and that she plans to study experimental psychology at Oxford University.
Jasmine Wong Yan-lam from South Island School also achieved top score, and has decided to study medicine. She has received conditional offers from HKU, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and from two other universities in the United Kingdom. And Helen credits music for helping her manager her stress during the exams: “You can sing anytime and anywhere. It helped me calm down,” she said.