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Academic excellence across the board at Beaconhills

Beaconhills College VCE students have produced some spectacular 2020 VCE results, including a perfect 99.95 ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for College Dux Sam Sail.

Sam, a Pakenham Campus student, recorded perfect scores of 50 in French and Mathematical Methods, 47 for English and 44 for Specialist Mathematics, along with his 2019 score of 50 in Physics.

Berwick Campus Dux was Jaime Watts with 98.25. Jaime scored 39 for French, 38 for Literature, 40 for Media and 42 in Theatre Studies and Psychology to add to her 48 for Extended Investigation in 2019. Year 11 Berwick student Sharni Seamons also scored 50 this year in her Extended Investigation subject.

The College is celebrating strong results across a wide range of subjects, with 12 students achieving ATARs of 95 or more and 27 students with 90 and above.

Headmaster Tony Sheumack said students from both campuses achieved 40s in all learning domains. These included English, Mathematics, Visual and Performing Arts, Technologies, VCE Vet Programs, Humanities, Science, Digital Technologies, Health and Physical Education, Business and Economics, Languages and Extended Investigation.

“These results really reinforce the benefits of our open-entry, diverse College, where students can follow their passions and succeed,” Mr Sheumack said.

He said despite the challenges of COVID-19, the exceptional work of teachers in supporting students through months of remote learning – along with the resilience shown by students themselves – had paid dividends.

“I am extremely proud of how our students have risen above the difficulties of 2020 and shown the tenacity and resilience to achieve these results,” Mr Sheumack said.

College Dux, Sam Sail said that finding a genuine interest in the subjects he studied helped keep him engaged throughout Year 12. This year Sam also studied Physics as part of the University of Melbourne’s Extension Program and hopes to do a Bachelor of Science at the university in 2021.

And while remote learning had its challenges, Sam said there were also some COVID positives.

“For studying maths subjects, I think it (remote learning) was actually an advantage. COVID affected us all in slightly different ways, but it brought us all together.”

Round 1 offers from Victorian tertiary institutions are released on 14 January 2021.

More information on our 2020 results is here on our VCE flyer.