Students tough year rewarded
SOUTH Gippsland’s Year 12 students have excelled, after final results were released on Friday.
Korumburra Secondary College’s Blake Johnson is believed to have achieved the highest ATAR score across South Gippsland and Bass Coast, of 98.8.
Wonthaggi Secondary College’s Matthew Sullivan was close behind, with 98.5.
ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.
Leongatha Secondary College principal Brett Windsor was over the moon with the results of his 50 ATAR-acquiring students.
The school had five pupils score in the 90s and seven in the 80s, with 50 per cent scoring above 70.
“We’re really pleased with this result. We weren’t really sure what to expect,” Mr Windsor said.
The college’s dux was Dylan Westaway, who scored 94.75.
The 18-year-old checked the internet at 7am Friday and was proud.
“I was hoping for something around the 90s, so I was pretty happy with what I got,” he said.
Dylan has the opportunity to interview for a scholarship worth $5000 a year to study at Deakin University next year.
He hopes to study environmental science, but has not yet mapped out a career choice.
Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College had some outstanding results, with Gillian Meikle named dux of the college with a score of 95.75.
Achieving an ATAR of 90 or better were Joseph Alexander and Jessica Shea with 93.05 each, and Megan Ryan with 90.85.
Another 12 students earned themselves an ATAR score in the 80s and seven more in the 70s.
Particularly outstanding was Joseph Alexander’s score of 50 in
This is the highest mark possible and a credit to the work of both Joseph and his teacher Peter Charles.
Principal Michael Delaney is pleased to see the students’ efforts rewarded by such good results.
“The 2011 Year 12 students are to be congratulated for the teamwork, academic leadership and commitment to personal best that they demonstrated to our college community in 2011,” he said.
“They have worked in true partnership with their teachers and we are so very proud of each and every one of them, as they should be of their results.”
Wonthaggi Secondary College’s Matthew Sullivan achieved a perfect 50 in Maths Methods while his Specialist Maths score of 46 was scaled up to 53.
Matt said he was happy with his result.
“I suppose I was expecting something in the 90s,” he said.
Matt hopes to study engineering at Melbourne University.
“I’ll have to wait until university offers are out, but I got the score I needed,” he said.
Fellow student Cassi deLacy-Vawdon from Inverloch also did well, with an ATAR of 98.00, and is pursuing medicine at Monash University.
Acting campus principal Phil Hughes said it was a great day for all 105 Year 12 students who had successfully completed their VCE.
“We are extremely pleased with the results our students have achieved across a wide range of study areas,” he said.
“Congratulations to all students for their focus and year of hard work in achieving their VCE.
“We are extremely proud of all of our students at WSC and wish all of our departing Year 12 VCE and VCAL students well.”
South Coast Christian College principal Peter Russell said all students successfully completed their VCE, with dux of the school going to Gabrielle Mackin.
“Most students will be able to access their preferred area of study or career option. One is continuing an apprenticeship commenced as part of their school studies,” he said.
“The college will continue to work with the students as they consider their change of preferences options for further study or career pathways.”
Korumburra Secondary College assistant principal Mike Shone was proud with all students’ results. The 98.8 ATAR score by Blake was the second best result by an individual in the last 20 years.
“Four of our students scored in the 90s while two-thirds of students scored above 50 in their ATAR,” Mr Shone said.
South Gippsland Secondary College’s Zoe Barikos scored 95.6 to head her class of 28
She was one of four students at the school to score in the 90s. A further four students recorded scores in the 80s.
Principal Cheryl Glowery said she was pleased with the results, “particularly the students who had worked hard to achieve good scores.
“And for those students who have found school tough at times, it was pleasing to see them pass VCE,” she said.
Mirboo North Secondary College saw three students collect scores above 90, with 17 per cent in the 80s.
The dux of the school, whose name cannot be revealed, scored 97.05.
“We’re really proud of the students. Some achieved scores much above their wildest dreams,” principal Karen Lanyon said.
“Some students were disappointed, but 10 years down the track no one will remember what number they got. It’s more about taking the knowledge they’ve learnt at school into their future studies.”
At Newhaven College, more than 90 per cent of students received an ATAR score of over 50, 31 per cent over 80 and 16 per cent over 90.
Dux Annie Cox received an ATAR score of 97.65. Annie was also school captain and involved in the school community.
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