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Schools proud of hardworking VCE students

HARD work has paid off for local students who studied the VCE this year, with some excellent results in the mix.

Results, including an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for each student, were released last Friday, most students opting to receive their results by SMS or online, others happy to wait for snail mail.

South Gippsland Secondary College principal Cheryl Glowrey said the results for the local high school students were very pleasing.

“The students who worked hard during the year have received exceptionally good results. A significant number of students received study scores in the high 30s or 40s, which is excellent, including several in Year 11 sitting a VCE subject a year early.

“Overall, we had very good VCE results from what is a small cohort of students, much smaller than most years. There were only 28 students completing their VCE this year, while four completed Senior VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) instead. It is great to see more than 25 per cent of our students receiving an ATAR up in the 80s or 90s.”

Four students at the college earned an ATAR in the 90s. Zoi Banikos took out top spot, becoming dux of the college with an ATAR of 95.6, with Jake O’Hara only a whisker behind her on 94.7. He said he was very happy with his score, which will be ample to get him into the course of his dreams – ocean engineering at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston, Tasmania.

Excellent results were also achieved by Claire Straw (93.3) and Georgia Karavis (90.85) and by Julie Moss, Danae Smith, Eloise McKenzie and Courtney Smith, who each earned an ATAR in the 80s.

“Among the results there are some outstanding marks for individual students. There were seven subject scores above 40, which takes no mean effort to achieve, but also quite a few only just behind in the high 30s,” said Ms Glowrey.

Subject scores above 40 were achieved by Jake O’Hara in Further Maths (46), Physics (42) and Maths Methods (40), Zoi Banikos in English (45) and Biology (40), Georgia Karavis in Health and Human Development (41) and by Year 11 student Inala Swart in Biology (40).

“All of the students who wish to go onto further education are now looking at their course preferences in the light of their results, with our careers coordinator Marg O’Donnell (‘Mo’) providing guidance,” said Ms Glowrey.


The principal of Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College in Leongatha, Michael Delaney, also welcomed some pleasing VCE results.

“The 2011 results indicate that all but a few of our students should be looking back with no regrets. The results are in the main an accurate reflection of the talents and abilities of each individual in the cohort,” he said.

“Of the 47 students who received an ATAR score 25 per cent of the cohort received an ATAR score of 80 or better and 40 per cent of the cohort achieved a score of 70 or better. This is a wonderful result for a group of students that worked very well in 2011.

“There are some outstanding results for some individuals.  Among the highlights are the following: Dux of the college is Gillian Meikle with a score of 95.75; achieving an ENTER of 90 or better were Joseph Alexander and Jessica Shea (93.05 each), and Megan Ryan (90.85). Particularly outstanding was Joseph Alexander’s score of 50 in Geography. This is the highest mark possible in this subject and a credit to the work of both Joseph and the teacher, Mr Peter Charles.”


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