VCE students learn their fate

VCE students learn their fate

The wait is officially over for East Gippsland Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) students who have completed the final chapter of their secondary schooling, with results released at 7am last Friday.

Samantha Graham, with an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) score of 93.70, was dux of Nagle College, while Olympic skeet shooter, Aislin Jones (92.60), was among five Nagle students above the 90 mark with Yanfei Zhu (93.1), Josh Seignior (91.5) and Campbell McLaughlin (90.95) also achieving high scores.

Nagle College principal, Neville Powles, said that it was particularly pleasing that students got higher Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) scores than in previous years. Seven per cent of students got an ATAR above 90 and 15 per cent achieved higher than 80.

Samantha was also awarded a VCE Baccalaureate for her good performances in Japanese and high level mathematics.

She is looking forward to a busy 2019, combining employment with teaching in Japan and looking to improve her language skills by studying Auslan, Mandarin and Russian.

Samantha is looking at an officer role at the Australian Defence Force Academy. She is considering an intelligence or education role in the Army or a translating role in Navy intelligence.

Bairnsdale Secondary College had three students score above 90 with principal, Ian Hall, saying it was a credit to the hard work of all students.

“The school is very proud of all the students and all their efforts and will continue to support them as they move towards tertiary education and other further education,” he said.

Gippsland Grammar has had another stellar year, with nearly 40 per cent of VCE students achieving an ATAR score in excess of 80, placing them in the top 20 per cent of the state.

Dux for 2018 was Joshua Strauss, with an ATAR score of 99.85.

Close behind were locals, Bella Shelton (Bairnsdale) 96.8, Jeremy Gunther (Bairnsdale) 94.15 and Sam Davis (Nungurner) 93.6.

Fourteen percent of Gippsland Grammar students achieved a score above 90, placing them in the top 10 per cent in Victoria. The school’s median ATAR score was 77.

Swifts Creek P-12 School had eight students complete VCE with Annika Fitzpatrick leading the class.

The school’s VCE coordinator, John O’Neill, said all eight students performed well.

“Annika will certainly get her first preference of university courses while the other students will most likely get their second or third, if not their first preference,” he said.

“All of the students have passed, which is important, and overall we’re really happy with the students’ results.”

Lakes Entrance Secondary College principal, Craig Sutherland, said the school was proud of the effort students displayed while completing their VCE studies.

“We’ve had a really good year and the students have done really well,” he said.

“There are some very good scores. While students are compared across the whole state, it is important they do as well as they could have. The students here have done that and that is why the whole school is proud of them.”