Graduating students of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme are outstanding examples of inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people.
We are pleased to announce that Shanessa Furtado, a graduating student of the IB Programme for the 2021-2022 school year scored 44 out of 45 possible points in her studies! Shanessa finished with a 7 out of 7 in her History, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and French courses; the highest score attainable in an IB course.
“Being a part of St. Thomas Aquinas’ IB Diploma Programme has been one of the most rewarding challenges. The IB Programme has transformed me into a critical thinker, a strong communicator and a risk-taker,” said Shanessa.
“Through components of the IB programme like the Extended Essay and CAS, I developed vital research skills and was able to explore various interests, such as creating a podcast,” she added.
“The best part about the IB Programme was the people I had the privilege of knowing. My like-minded peers and supportive teachers motivated me to work hard and grow. Over these past couple of years, my classmates, teachers and I have become a family, helping each other through the obstacles of the pandemic, online classes and IB exams. I believe my experience in the IB Programme has prepared me for the future and has made me into the student and individual I am today.”
We wish Shanessa all the best as she begins her studies in the Integrated Science Program at McMaster University in September 2022!
- St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School in Oakville received accreditation to offer the IB Diploma Programme to students in March, 2012.
- The IB Diploma Programme curriculum is made up of six subject groups, comprising theory of knowledge (TOK), creativity, activity, service (CAS) and the extended essay. Read more about the IB DP curriculum here.
About the IB Programme
Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme offers high quality and challenging educational courses to a worldwide community of schools. Schools must be authorized by IB to offer the Programme. Learn more: www.ibo.org.