International School Bangkok (ISB) 2016 graduate, Jasmine Burr from the UK, has been honoured with the Excellence Award from The Royal Geographical Society (RGS) in the UK for receiving the highest score globally in the IB Geography Standard Level Course. Jasmine received a raw score of 95 out of 100 for IB geography SL, easily achieving an IB level 7. This was not the only subject she achieved high results in; she also received a highest possible grade of 7 in English, Geography, Physics and Chemistry, three of which were at Higher Level. Her overall IB score was 42 points, where the maximum result is 45. Jasmine also scored a 30/30 for her geography Internal Assessment and received the maximum of 3 bonus points for the Extended Essay and her Theory of Knowledge class. These results were exceptional, putting her in the top 2% of IB students worldwide in the May 2016 session – she is a world-class scholar.
The Royal Geographical Society’s Excellence Awards aims to celebrate the hard work and success of students who achieve high marks in Geography in certain programs and no one could be more deserving than Jasmine Burr.
In the announcement released by the Royal Geographical Society in January, Steve Brace, the Society’s Head of Education and Outdoor Learning, shared, “The pupils receiving these awards have all demonstrated their excellent understanding of geography as a subject and how it can inform us about the world we live in. Their exceptional marks reflect both their ability as geographers and the high quality teaching that takes place in their schools.”
“Jasmine’s impressive achievement is the result of both a keen interest in global issues and a committed, sustained effort to constantly improve her understanding of how the world works. She demonstrated excellence in the field of Geography right from the start of the two-year IB programme. A big part of her success came from her ability to integrate her learning from other IB subjects and educational experiences into Geography,” explained Richard Harvey, Jasmine’s Geography teacher at ISB.
The award took Jasmine by surprise. “I feel really fortunate to have won this award. It is unexpected. Geography wasn’t my favourite subject but my teachers were great and they made it so interesting for me. My geography teacher Mr. Harvey was awesome and I am very thankful to him and all my teachers at ISB,” said Jasmine.
“We are extremely proud of Jasmine and her outstanding achievement and look forward to following her progress in college and beyond”, commented Dr. Andrew Davies, Head of School at International School Bangkok.
Jasmine has traveled to Australia to further her education studying chemical engineering at The University of Queensland.
Jasmine’s recognition from the Royal Geographical Society comes as ISB is breaking ground on its Environmental Wilderness Campus, which will be the first outdoor education centre in Thailand. It will serve to provide even greater encouragement and experiential learning to exceptional geographers and students, like Jasmine.