Oakville secondary school students achieve perfect scores in International Baccalaureate programme


Published July 12, 2021 at 5:24 pm


Three students from an Oakville high school recently achieved a rare perfect score in their International Baccalaureate (IB)  programmes.

The IB program is a program that is recognized worldwide and provides a curriculum that offers high academic standards in various subjects. It is offered globally at 5,000 schools including the following four in Halton; Georgetown District High School, Craig Kielburger Secondary School, Burlington Central High School and White Oaks Secondary School (WOSS). 

Olivia Lau, Heather Li and Harrison Thorpe, three Grade 12 students from White Oaks Secondary School (WOSS), scored a record 45 out of 45 diploma points in all subject areas.

“I’m grateful that the work we’ve put in over the past two years has culminated in the scores we received, especially since almost a year and a half of our IB experience was during a pandemic,” said Heather Li, who will be attending the University of Oxford for a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Harrison Thorpe, who is attending McGill University in the Joint Honours in Economics and Finance program, also expressed excitement over the accomplishment. “I’m really excited to move to a new place and experience a different environment. Although my area of study is commerce, I hope to foster my passion for music by participating in the university’s wind orchestra.”

Olivia Lau, who will be attending McMaster University for Health Sciences, said, “When I reflect upon the past two years in this rigorous program, I can’t help but think of the countless late nights and all of the hard work that led up to this result.”

Erin Davidson, IB Programme Coordinator for WOSS, expressed his excitement for all three students.

“We are excited and proud of all our students, in particular these three students who earned perfect IB Diploma scores of 45 out of 45 diploma points.”

“Along with the additional individual academic work, IB students are encouraged to get involved in their community and school and to be physically active. Olivia, Heather and Harrison embody the spirit of the IB programme. It encourages students to give back to the community while attaining personal growth goals, such as taking risks and being a respectful global citizen.”

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