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Top of the class: Jewish students honoured

AT least three Jewish students were among those honoured by the International Baccalaureate earlier this month for receiving perfect scores of 45.

INternational Baccalaureate students Sara Pisacane (left) and Mia Moshinsky.
International Baccalaureate students Sara Pisacane (left) and Mia Moshinsky.

AT least three Jewish students were among those honoured by the International Baccalaureate earlier this month for receiving perfect scores of 45.

Wesley College graduates Mia Moshinsky and Sara Pisacane, as well as Amelie Graham from Lauriston Girls School, were celebrated at the awards ceremony which was hosted this year by PLC and IB Schools Australasia and took place at Federation Square.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) requires the study of six subjects over two years, and students can choose courses from within six subject groups – studies in language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics and the arts.

The Diploma Programme also includes three core elements: a philosophy course known as theory of knowledge, in which students reflect on the nature of knowledge and on how we know what we claim to know; a 4000-word thesis; and an independent project related to the three concepts of creativity, activity and service.

Speaking to The AJN about the rigorous program, Amelie said, “The IBDP spans both years 11 and 12, and it tests knowledge and skills in all facets of learning. Having to undertake a subject from every discipline, I am proud of how I rose to that challenge. The most rewarding aspect of my IB experience was the completion of the extended essay component, on the topic of ‘the influence of Japonisme on Degas’.”

Amelie Graham

The Diploma Programme provides an internationally-recognised qualification and is accepted by many universities worldwide, but is currently only offered by 25 schools in Victoria. The IBDP is not currently offered at any Jewish schools in Victoria, however Mount Scopus Memorial College does offer the IB Middle Years program (MYP).

With the world as their oyster, all three of the high-achieving students will be studying at the University of Melbourne and have been awarded the Chancellor’s Scholarship.

Sara said of her IBDP experience, “Coming from a Jewish background and being first-generation Australian, I’ve seen the hard work and effort my family has instilled to achieve all that we have. For me, these results are a reflection that determination and drive to succeed really do pay off. No matter the difficult circumstances and struggles over the past two years, I’ve never lost sight of my goals and always had the support of my school and family.”

Mia told The AJN, “The two-year IBDP program is an incredibly challenging but rewarding educational pathway that requires discipline and self-motivation, particularly during extended lockdowns. I was fortunate that art was one of my six subjects because painting provided some balance and relief.

“I was also lucky to be part of a great study group and to have such supportive teachers. Receiving a score of 45 was a big shock, but it felt great to be rewarded for all the hard work I put in.”

Echoing her sentiments Amelie said, “I was never expecting a perfect score and so the result was a big shock but also a welcome reward for lots of hard work! The support of my teachers and peers at Lauriston enabled me to do my best and to enjoy what is a rigorous educational program.”

Mazal Tov to Mia, Sara and Amelie.

 

 

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