Congratulations to our Class of 2018!
We are delighted to announce the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) and ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking) achievements for the Class of 2018. Not only have our top students produced outstanding results, an extraordinary number (almost 72%) have achieved in the top 20% of Australian university entrance scores (ATAR).
Importantly, we congratulate and acknowledge our students who have far exceeded their own personal expectations. Given our School is open entry, welcoming students of all academic ability, these excellent results are a testament to the true depth of our unique learning culture.
Highlights from the Class of 2018
· 100% of our students attained their VCE
· Dux is Doris (Yi) Liu who achieved an outstanding ATAR of 99.6
· Dux Secundus is Natalie Frank & Michelle Xing, both with an impressive ATAR of 99.05
· 4.23% of the class achieved ATARs of 99+
· 19.72% of the class achieved ATARs of 95+
· 39.44% of the class achieved ATARs of 90+
· 56.34% of the class achieved ATARs of 85+
· 71.83% of the class achieved ATARs of 80+
· 61% grades A or A+
It is remarkable indeed that 39.44% of our students were placed in the top 10% in Australia with an ATAR of 90 or above and 71.83% of the class placed in the top 20% in Australia with an ATAR of 80 or above. The median ATAR for our School increased from 86 to an impressive 87.95.
In individual subjects, the average study score is 30 and the top score is 50. 9% of students in the State receive a study score on or above 40. We are delighted that 39.43% of our Year 12 students achieved at least one exceptional study score of 40 or above in a diverse range of subject areas (The figure is 34.37% when including our Year 11 students who completed a VCE course).
We congratulate students and staff in the following subject areas who achieved a score of 40 or above:
Accounting, Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Chinese First Language, Creative & Digital Media, English, English as an Additional Language (EAL), French, Further Mathematics, Geography, Health and Human Development, Legal Studies, Literature, Mathematical Methods, Music Performance, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Theatre Studies.
The percentage of all study scores of 40 and above increased from 20.9 to 21.54, including students who achieved perfect study scores of 50 in English.
Our students are not afraid to be bold and to tackle even more challenging courses. We are thrilled that 21 of our students (30% of the cohort) qualified for the VCE Baccalaureate, a globally-oriented VCE program which includes:
· A Unit 3 and 4 sequence in English or Literature or English Language with a study score of 30 or above; or a Units 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.
In addition, two of our students completed University studies concurrently with their VCE program, successfully completing courses in Chemistry (Monash University) and Computer Science (RMIT).
As one of Melbourne's leading schools, our personalised approach to learning, combined with our expertise in the education of girls, has again delivered outstanding academic performance across our VCE cohort and some of the best results in the area.
This would not be possible without the commitment, creativity, energy and passion of our teachers and those who support them. We thank them for the intellectual energy and the emotional labour they put into empowering our students and believing in them. I also thank you, our families, for your dedication and commitment to your daughter's learning and growth at our School.
With the expert support of our Head of Careers & Senior Enterprise, Ms Kelly Jedd, students are currently revising their tertiary course preferences to maximise their opportunities to achieve their individual aspirations. They will be formally notified of their tertiary placement in January 2019.
We congratulate and farewell our Class of 2018, knowing they have gained so much more than an ATAR score. They leave with self-confidence, resilience and many skills and experiences to equip them for the next phase of their lives. We are proud that our Mentone girls truly are remarkable young women.