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Top Athletes Bag Top Academic Grades

2018 IBDP November Examinations, GCE ‘N’ and ‘O’ Levels Examinations 

Picture 1: Nine special mention student-athletes, from left, Lenice Tan Yue Tong, Louis Tee Jun Jie,
Danial Haqim Mohammed Sophian, Chong Wei Guan, Terrence Ng Shu Hao, Chong Wei Kit, Chua Yi Jia,
Ng Jian Yan and Tia Louise Rozario

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
Twins Chong Wei Guan and Wei Kit were never far apart growing up. Both were in Singapore Sports School’s Track and Field Academy – Wei Guan, the older of the two, was a sprinter hurdler, while Wei Kit was a high jumper. In 2017, Wei Guan was named Chairman of the Council of School Captains, Sports School’s student-athlete leadership team. Wei Kit supported his older brother as Vice-Chairman, rallying and serving the student-athlete body together.

Even in the November 2018 International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Examinations, the twins were quite evenly matched. Wei Kit, the more studious twin, scored 44 out of a possible 45 points to top the 27-strong cohort when the results were released on 4 January 2019. Wei Guan trailed with one point less. The hurdler’s 43 points came as a surprise during a year where he juggled heavy sport commitments. 2018 was a record-breaking one for Wei Guan as he shattered the Men’s Under 20 110m Hurdles Record twice in three months – first at the National Schools Track and Field Championships in April, and then at the IAAF World U20 Championships.

Sports School’s fourth batch, the largest since the inception of IBDP in 2014, continued to achieve a high standard of academic excellence by maintaining the average score at 40 points over the four years. Shooting Academy’s Terrence Ng Shu Hao was the second top scorer, tying on 44 points with Wei Kit.

Among the 27 student-athletes was Louis Tee Jun Jie, one of four student-athletes on the Extended IBDP who sat for the November 2018 Examinations. The Extended programme, a collaboration between Sports School, IB Organization and World Academy of Sport, allows high-performing national athletes at Sports School up to two years more than the usual two to complete the curriculum. The golfer, the best local boy at the 2017 Singapore Junior Open Championships, attained a creditable 43 points in his final report card at the end of his three-year programme.

Picture 1: Seven special mention student-athletes with five and more distinctions at the GCE "O" Level Examinations. Front row from left, Lu Hua Yu, Cheah Wen Jun, Rachel Chua Xin Ying and Bliss Lee Fan Rui.
Back Row from left, Kiran Lim Tao Liang, Jeremiah Khoo Boo Cheng and James Ho Zhong Ze.

National Examinations: GCE ‘N’ and ‘O’ Levels
Student-athletes who sat for the 2018 GCE “N” and “O” Levels Examinations also matched expectations and were eligible for progression into the various paths – Secondary 5, Institute of Technical Education, Junior College or Polytechnic – when results were released on 17 November 2018 and 14 January 2019 respectively. In the GCE “O” Level, seven student-athletes ranked top among their cohort with five and more distinctions.