Students celebrate ATARs

TUDENTS from across the region received their ATAR scores from 7am onwards on Friday, December 14.
Leongatha Secondary College’s 64 Year 12 students were congratulated for their VCE efforts this year by principal Wayne Chester.
“From everybody here at the college, we are very proud of this year’s Year 12 group. They received excellent scores, all their hard work paid off and it is very pleasing to note they now have plenty of options going forward into the future,” Mr Chester said.
Dux of Year 12 was awarded to Grace Thorson who attended Leongatha from years 7-12.
She attained an ATAR score of 94.5, completing English, specialist mathematics, chemistry, biology and history of revolutions.
Year 11 student Maddi Brew attained a perfect score of 50 this year for outdoor education. She looks forward to studying English, further mathematics, health and human development, biology and physical education next year.
Mary Mackillop College celebrated Year 12 results, with all 53 students satisfactorily completing VCE exams.
The top three scores were all above 90, with dux awarded to Molly Clark with a score of 93.9.
Ellie Homes and Emma Carlisle scored 91.25 and 90.0 respectively. The top five scores were 93.9, 91.25, 90.0, 86.1 and 85.05.
The highest individual study score was obtained by Tomei Dal Pozzo scoring 48 for health and human development.
The college reported initial calculations indicated 19 percent of ATAR scores above 80, 23 percent were in the top quarter, 34 percent were above 70, 3.3 percent of study scores were above 40 and 11 percent of students attained a study score of 40 or above.
“A very big thank you to the teachers who have worked so well to get the most out of their students this year. A particular feature is the depth of performance with a solid spread of scores in the 70s and 80s,” principal David Leslie said.
“We are proud of our 22 Applied Learners too. Six are in apprenticeships, 10 have places in their preferred TAFE, 6 are already employed, all successfully placed.
“Congratulations to all students and teachers on your results for 2018. Mary MacKillop College is proud of you and of your achievements.”
The “depth of the 2018 Mirboo North Secondary College cohort” was highlighted with 93 percent of year Year 12 students attaining an ATAR above 50 and all students satisfactorily completing their VCE.
64 percent attained an ATAR above 70, with 29 percent above 80.
Dux was awarded to Lucy Palmer whose ATAR score of 97.7 placed her in the top three percent.
“The hard work and dedication of our students has been rewarded with excellent results,” senior school coordinator Marina Bruzzese said.
“Seven students will additionally receive the VCE Baccalaureate award as a result of achieving scores above 30 in English whilst successfully completing Mathematical Methods and a language study (German).
“The efforts of the 15 senior Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students were also rewarded with all students successfully completing their VCAL certification. Throughout the year, they combined study, community building projects and working on-site with local employers.
“All of these students completed a VET vocational training certificate across a wide range of areas, with many already receiving offers of full time work, apprenticeships or TAFE positions next year.”
With a small cohort of students, Foster Secondary College had one ATAR in the 90s and two students with scores in the 80s.
“We had five study scores in the 40s (top 10 percent in the state) and 15 study scores above 36 (top 20 percent in the state),” school principal Matthew McPhee said.
“Many congratulations to our dux Cas (Maclean) and all our students and staff on an excellent year of studying and preparing for this cohorts final year of VCE.”
“60 percent of our students have applied to go on to tertiary study while the other 40 percent will enter the work force.”
Cas Maclean was the dux of the college with an ATAR of 90.5.
Her Year 12 subjects were further mathematics scoring 41, ancient history 39, English 39, English literature 36, psychology 37 and biology 34.
Korumburra Secondary College’s high achieving student was school captain Lachie Snooks with an ATAR score of 98.05.
This score puts him in the top 1.9 percent of the state.
Jessica Smart and Nicholas McKenzie achieved ATAR scores of 82.7 and 82.2 respectively.
Lachie received study scores over 40 in English, outdoor education, chemistry and biology, and impressively achieved a score of 49 in physical education.
Other students to achieve study scores above 40 were Jessica, Nicholas, Joel Findlay and Minh Hai.
Twenty nine students completed VCE this year.
On top of this, 100 percent of students studying VCAL and VET subjects received their certificates.
“Our students have shown resilience, respect and themselves to be lifelong learners with a strong commitment to personal excellent,” principal Vaya Dauphin said.
“Their perseverance has paid off in their results. With students achieving 20 study scores above 35, this places these students in the top 36 percent of the state.
School leader Leah McNish achieved dux of Wonthaggi Secondary College with a score of 96.75.
Wonthaggi Secondary College celebrated a 98 percent VCE pass rate, with 95 percent of senior VCAL students receiving their certificates.
“The Year 12 level has been a particularly cohesive group and very supportive of each other,” McBride campus principal Marg O’Donnell said.
“We expect this will be the way they behave (on Friday) as they share their results.”
A stunning ATAR score 98.8 was achieved by Newhaven College student Eliza Neal.
Other students with scores in the 90s were Aaron Fraser, Wil Vanderstaay, Oscar Harry, Jorgie Mae Thompson, Ellie Pearce, Ysabel Kershaw, Mitchell Chisholm, Sianan Price and Nicola Allen.
Jorgie Mae achieved a perfect study score of 50 in legal studies.
Eliza and Ysabel both achieved study scores over 40 in three subjects.
Thirty four students received study scores above 40. The college made a significant jump from 5.2 percent of students receiving scores above 40 in 2017 to 8.23 in 2018.
A number of Year 11 students also took on Year 12 studies this year.
Molly Hosken, Ella White, Emma Conroy, Lily Roney and Aiden Box received study scores above 40 in their respective subjects.
“It is significant that all of our students at Newhaven College gained their VCE certificate and it is right that each student should be congratulated,” principal Gea Lovell said.
“While the academic statistical summary of the Class of 2018 is impressive, success and impact are measured rightly through a wider lens. Our students received these excellent results whilst at the same time being fully involved in the life of the school in their community and in charity events throughout the year.”


Korumburra dux: Korumburra Secondary College Year 12 school captain and dux Lachlan Snooks. He received a study score of 49 for physical education and wants to go on to study medicine at Monash University in future. He also studied chemistry, mathematical methods, outdoor education and English.

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