By Fran Reddan, Principal

It is with great pleasure that I congratulate the Class of 2016 on their outstanding VCE achievements.

We are particularly delighted to announce that our 2016 Dux, Lily Shen, has obtained the highest possible Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking (ATAR) of 99.95. Lily joins only 11 girls across Victoria to achieve this remarkable result. Dux Secundus is Caitlin Cole who also achieved an outstanding ATAR score of 99.9. Both Lily and Caitlin join 50 other high achievers in Victoria who have been offered scholarships to the University of Melbourne, which entitles them to a free place in the undergraduate degree of their choice and an annual allowance of $5,000.

What is remarkable indeed is the outstanding results of our whole cohort with 44% of our students placed in the top 10% in Australia with an ATAR of 90 or above and over 70% of the class placed in the top 20% in Australia with an ATAR of 80 or above.

Highlights from the Class of 2016

• 100% of our students attained their VCE
• Dux for 2016 is Lily Shen who achieved a perfect ATAR score of 99.95
• Dux Secundus is Caitlin Cole who achieved an ATAR of 99.9
• 11% of the class achieved ATARs of 99+
• 24% of the class achieved ATARs of 95+
• 44% of the class achieved ATARs of 90+
• 60% of the class achieved ATARs of 85+
• 71% of the class achieved ATARs of 80+

The median ATAR for our School remains very strong at 89 which has resulted in a mean ATAR of 83. Given our School is open entry, welcoming girls of all academic ability, these results are even more extraordinary and are a testament to the true depth of our unique learning culture. 

In individual subjects, the average study score across Victoria is 30. Only 9% of students will receive a study score on or above 40. We are delighted that 52% of our students achieved at least one exceptional study score of 40 or above in a diverse range of subject areas.

We especially congratulate those students, and their teachers, who achieved a perfect study score of 50:

  • Caitlin Cole - English
  • Abigail Embleton - Legal Studies
  • Genevieve Phelan - English
  • Megan Smith - Psychology
  • Sarah Woodward - English and German

In addition, we are thrilled that 20 of our students qualified for the VCE (Baccalaureate). This means that they have succeeded in a challenging VCE program which included:

  • A Unit 3 and 4 sequence in English or Literature or English Language with a study score of 30 or above; or a Unit 3 and 4 sequence in EAL with a study score of 33 or above.
  • A Unit 3 and 4 sequence in either Mathematics Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics.
  • A Unit 3 and 4 sequence in a VCE Language.
  • At least two other Unit 3 and 4 sequences.

Our personalised approach to learning, combined with our expertise in the education of girls, has again delivered outstanding academic performance across our VCE cohort to see us achieve the best results in the area. As always, it is important that we acknowledge those students who have far exceeded their own personal expectations, which are not always reflected in an ATAR score. 

Nothing would be possible without the creativity, commitment, energy and passion of our teachers. We thank them for the intellectual energy and the emotional labour they put into ensuring their efforts have great impact for our students. We also thank our families for their dedication and commitment to their daughter’s learning journey and to our School.

As a School community, we congratulate our VCE students on their achievements – they have gained so much more than an ATAR score. We farewell our Class of 2016 knowing they leave with self-confidence, resilience and many skills and experiences to equip them for the next phase of their educational journey and beyond.

We confidently expect they will be fine ambassadors for our School and we are proud indeed that our Mentone Girls truly are remarkable young women.

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