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Beaconhills College’s sweeping choice of 39 VCE subjects is reflected in its strong 2016 results, with 10 students earning ATARs of greater than 95 across 24 different subjects.
Rachel Chen, Pakenham Campus, was College and Pakenham Campus Dux with an ATAR of 99.4 and Lucas Nielsen the Dux of Berwick Campus with 97.4.
Perfect study scores of 50 went to Tess Wilkens for English, Nicholas Prowse and Victor Benko for Systems Engineering, and Gemma Sorrell for Outdoor and Environmental Studies.
Each of the top performing students achieved outstanding results through different subject combinations. These included English, Maths, Japanese, French, Systems Engineering, Outdoor and Environmental Studies, Health and Human Development and Food and Technology.
This year 242 Beaconhills students successfully completed their VCE. Headmaster Tony Sheumack said he was “absolutely delighted” with the results and paid tribute to the students, their families and teaching staff for their hard work and dedication.
“These students have not only been highly successful in their academic subjects but in their contributions to the College’s service programs both locally and internationally,” he said.
“All we have ever wanted is a school where students can reach their true potential. This is what we are seeing reflected in the Class of 2016.”
Mr Sheumack said the College’s careers counsellors now faced a busy time supporting students to reassess their tertiary choices for 2017.
“I am anticipating that quite a number of our students will be reconsidering their university course choices, as their ATARs have now given them some exciting new options,” he said.
He said it was important to remember that Beaconhills was an open-entry independent College: “These VCE results show that we stand for diversity in every sense of the word.”
College Dux has a love of languages
With an ATAR of 99.4 for her VCE, College Dux Rachel (Wen Lei) Chen hopes her dream of travelling the world as a translator will become a reality.
The self-professed ‘foodie’ plans to study a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne and pursue her interest in languages.
Rachel, whose first language is Mandarin, earned subject scores of 47 for English as an Additional Language, 44 for Japanese as a Second Language, and 36 for Chinese (Second Language Advanced) in Year 11.
This year she won a Latrobe University prize at the Japanese Language Speech Contest Victoria.
Rachel joined Beaconhills College three years ago as an international student and said she has loved it.
“Beaconhills is not just a place where you go to learn – it’s like a big community,” she said.
Our Top 10:
Rachel (Wen Lei) Chen 99.4 (College Dux)
Tess Wilkens 98.7
Nicholas Prowse 98.65
Laura Gleeson 98.2
Lucas Nielsen 97.4
Enrique Dehaerne 96.4
Charlotte Tiplady 96.2
Paris Houeix 95.95
Jake Santini 95.45
Gemma Sorrell 95.45
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