VCE results: success in diversity continues

14 December 2015
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Beaconhills College has congratulated its Class of 2015, with 272 Year 12 students from the Pakenham and Berwick campuses successfully completing their VCE.

Our open-entry community College offers its students a huge range of VCE subjects – 42 in total – tailored to meet the needs of its students.

The Class of 2015 chose subjects as diverse as Dance or Chinese to Systems Engineering – with solid results across the board.

Nineteen students earned ATARs (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) in the 90s, with around half of all VCE students ranking in the top third of the State.

College Dux was Pakenham Campus student Amy Li Ting Tung with an ATAR of 95.55. Amy studied Biology, Further Mathematics, French, English and Chemistry. Berwick Campus Dux was Dua Nazar (94.5), who scored a 46 for Media and also studied English, Music Performance, French, Business Management and Further Mathematics. Both students joined the College in Year 5.

Amy said she was thrilled with her 95.55 and hopes to study Biomedicine at Monash University next year.

“My uncle works in obstetrics so if there is an opportunity to specialise, that’s the area I would like to pursue,” Amy said.

She said it was important to have a good balance during the year – she maintained her interests in martial arts, drawing, art and reading.

Berwick Campus Dux Dua Nazar said she couldn’t believe her result and “felt like it was a dream”. Her interests include playing the drums and she hopes to join a band once she is at university.

Headmaster Tony Sheumack said the year’s highlights were in subjects across very diverse pathways.

“I am delighted that students have followed their passions and not just subjects that score highly,” he said.

“We had excellent results in Literature and IT Applications, along with Outdoor and Environmental Studies, Health and Human Development, Studio Arts, Dance, Art and Media.”

In line with the College’s innovative ‘Learning that Matters’ philosophy – which focuses on learning most relevant for our future – a relatively new subject called ‘Extended Investigation’ proved a winner.

The highly academic, research-based subject requires students to produce a mini-thesis on an individual area of research and helps develop critical thinking and analytical skills essential for tertiary study.

Mr Sheumack said while it was only the second year of the subject at Beaconhills, 12 students (of 252 in the State) completed the subject and scored a good subject average of 30, “surpassing our expectations”.

He said the College’s overall VCE results were a testament to the “broad educational programs that matter to our students”, along with the quality and professionalism of teaching staff who consistently supported and encouraged their students.

“Beaconhills is an open entry school and it is wonderful to see students following their diverse interests and being successful. We wish them every success as they now choose their future pathways.”

Departing Year 12 students recently produced a video called grATAR than the ATAR, which reflected the College’s holistic approach to education and was widely shared on social media.

“Our students understand that the ATAR, while it is an important sorting process for tertiary admission, will not define them as individuals or predict the success of their future lives,” he said.

Our top 10:
Amy Li Ting Tun 95.55 (College Dux and Pakenham Dux – pictured below with Headmaster Tony Sheumack)
Elyse Willemsen 94.65
Dua Nazar 94.5 (Berwick Dux – pictured below with Berwick Campus Principal Jenny Williams)
David Lorimer 94.5
Kelsy De Prada 94.45
Kristy Amos 94.35
Taylah Orr 93.7
Aaron Dudley 93.5
Hayleigh Sharman 93.4
Kaili Scarlett 92.8

Tony and AmyDua and Jenny

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