FOSTER Secondary College’s 31 Year 12 students achieved great results in the 2020 Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) when scores were released on Wednesday January 6, 2021.
Two students, Amity Sands-Morris and Issy Standfield, have also been admitted as new members of the college’s exclusive 90s Club after each received an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 90 or more.
Amity became the 2020 Foster Secondary College dux with an ATAR of 93.6, with Issy very close behind in second place with her ATAR of 93.15.
Throughout the Year 12 cohort of students a total of nine subject study scores in the 40s was achieved, with a further 16 subject study scores over 36.
The ATAR gives each student a rank between zero and 99.95 relative to other Year 12 students in their respective home state and is used by all Australian public universities via their respective state-level admissions centres.
Foster Secondary principal Matt McPhee said, “we are incredibly proud of our entire VCE community, not only for their results but also for their effort, dedication, support and humanity during what has been the most difficult VCE year ever.
“Our students have dealt with adversity amazingly well and we as a school are immensely proud of them and their families for getting through the year,” he said.
“Our students continue to achieve excellent results that are the envy of other schools in and around our district,” Mr McPhee said.
“As school principal I am proud of the year our students have had and pay particular credit to the wonderful staff at FSC whose dedication during the year should never be forgotten.”
Among the VCE subjects in which Foster’s Year 12 students obtained results in the 40s were English, biology, further maths, food, outdoor and environmental studies, and studio art.
Those students who recorded scores over 36 studied a range of subjects including history, visual communication, further maths, outdoor studies, food, studio art, and Vocational and Education Training (VET) furnishing.
Both Amity and Issy live in the Fish Creek area and have been schoolmates since early childhood, attending Fish Creek Primary School and going on to Foster Secondary College together.
Amity’s 2020 VCE subjects were English, studio art, Australian history, English literature and further maths, and she undertook VCE legal studies in 2019.
Issy took on VCE English, further maths, biology, and outdoor and environmental studies in 2020, and studied VCE health and human development in 2019.
Amity said she was “really surprised by my ATAR, especially after a year of mostly online learning at home.
“I’m very glad to get the score I needed to get into the course I want to do, though, which is a Bachelor of Design degree at the University of Melbourne,” she said.
“The first round of university offers comes out on Thursday January 14.”
Issy said she “loved home learning” and that she had “always liked the idea of home schooling, even before COVID-19 came along.
“I’ve applied to do a double degree in science and global studies at Monash University, and I’m maybe considering transferring to medicine after that,” she said.
“However, I’m going to defer and go travelling up the east coast of Australia and perhaps work here and there for a year first!”
Both girls praised and thanked their teachers, “who were marvellous and really helped us through the year.
“All of our teachers were always available whenever we needed them,” they said.
“It was hard not being able to see our teachers or our school friends face-to-face, but we all simply had to get on with it and work as best as we could at home.”
Amity and Issy also wanted to “give a shout-out to our parents, Rachel Sands and Glenn Morris, and to Wayne and Tracey Standfield for all of their love and support during the year, too.”
Both girls also agreed that one of the set VCE English texts, the Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning dystopian fiction novel Station Eleven written by Emily St. John Mandel in 2014, had been frighteningly apt in 2020.
The novel takes place in the Great Lakes region of the United States before and after a fictional swine flu pandemic, known as the “Georgia Flu”, has devastated the world, killing most of the population.
“Who would have ever thought a real global pandemic would begin during our VCE year,” they said.
“We certainly got to understood what the theme of the book was about!”