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Beaconhills celebrates its highest ATAR in 10 years

Large subject choice prepares the path to success

Ten Beaconhills College graduates have achieved ATARs of 95 or higher, thanks to their hard work and the ability to select from a huge range of VCE subjects, according to Headmaster Tony Sheumack.

The College Dux, Olivia Acciarito from the Pakenham Campus, recorded the highest ATAR in 10 years with 99.75 and a perfect 50 in three subjects – English, Legal Studies and Visual Communication Design.

Berwick Campus Dux was Monique Scalzo with 98.2, while Berwick student Victoria Tiplady also scored a 50 in Outdoor and Environmental Studies.

A delighted Mr Sheumack attributed the College’s best VCE results in years to students following their passion, choosing from 41 different subject offerings. The College has also implemented an innovative Learning That Matters philosophy, strongly emphasising holistic learning.

“Beaconhills is a learning community, where students can choose the subjects they love and follow their interests,” Mr Sheumack said. “If students are really passionate about what they do and work hard, good results will naturally follow.”

“No matter which path students at Beaconhills take, we have the framework in place to help them achieve their personal best.

“From either scored or school-assessed VCE, our students have options to go to university or other tertiary institutions, TAFE, take a gap year or head straight to the workforce.

“I am extremely proud that as an open-entry College offering genuine diversity of choice, our students can pursue a variety of career pathways.”

Dux Olivia Acciarito is planning to do a double degree in Law and Global Studies and hopes to become a human rights lawyer. She said Year 12 had its occasional challenges, such as working out – at times – which study areas to prioritise.

“But I never really had a set study strategy,” she said. “I made a set of flash cards and didn’t use them!”

“I loved all my teachers, they were all extremely helpful and just great teachers in general.”

A total of 245 students from Beaconhills College completed their VCE this year. Forty-eight students accounted for a total of 66 subject scores above 40, including nine students in Year 11 completing Unit 3/4 subjects.

My Sheumack congratulated all students on their efforts.


Olivia Acciarito (Pakenham Campus and College Dux) 99.75

Monique Scalzo (Berwick Campus Dux) 98.2

Isaac Cann (Pakenham Campus) 98.45

Chelsea Rabl (Berwick Campus) 97.9

Victoria Tiplady (Berwick Campus) 97.5

Wimansa Hettiarachchi (Berwick Campus) 96.15

Alexander Foot (Berwick Campus) 95.75

Caleb Fletcher (Pakenham Campus) 95.65 (not pictured)

D’Jay Croaker (Pakenham Campus) 95.5

Tom Collard (Pakenham Campus) 95.45 (not pictured)

Headmaster Tony Sheumack with College Dux Olivia Acciarito