New Zealand students have been recognised amongst the world's best with the release f the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results for 2011.

The stand-out results for New Zealand came from four students who achieved a perfect score of 45 - placing them in the top 0.2% of students worldwide.  These students were Carla Boniolo of Kristin School, Harim Lee and Elynna Yang from St Cuthbert's College, and Karl Zhu of Auckland International College.


 A high achieving 17-year-old student from Auckland’s Diocesan School for Girls has won the 2011 Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Award for her outstanding research into a possible link between the early onset of short sightedness and mental concentration.


As 2011 draws to a close we are already focused on the New Year and what it might bring for the private schools sector. With a National-led Government in place for the next three years we remain optimistic that there will be increased support for choice in education, that choice will be advanced so that more families have the capacity to exercise their fundamental right to choose the school that best meets the needs of their individual children.

We hope that this government stands by its election platform that “Good schools are vitally important.” Good schools should be supported so that they can continue to offer educational opportunities that will prepare young New Zealanders for a successful and productive work life and enable them to make a valuable contribution to the growth of this nation.


How do we prepare our young people for a world beyond our imagination?  How do we craft a student’s learning journey towards a job that hasn’t yet been created?  And how do we measure up against educators around the globe?

At our annual conference in Wellington next May, ISNZ will create an opportunity for delegates to hear some of the world’s leading strategists, thinkers and innovators provoke and ponder on the 2012 conference theme, Going global: preparing students for the unknown.

The annual conference is ISNZ’s flagship professional development event.


In another “first” for ISNZ’s professional development programme, the inaugural Small Schools Seminar was held in Wellington on 18 November, with 33 attendees.  The diverse range of schools represented by their Heads/Principals, senior managers and board members was both impressive and exciting, reinforcing our desire to offer relevant and practical events across the entire spectrum of our membership.  In acknowledgment of the excellent feedback received, we have already begun work on the programme for next year’s Small Schools event.

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