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Celebrating our 2017 results

author: Stephen Hill

23 Jan

Celebrating our 2017 results

2017 Victorian Certificate of Education results

The month of December is a significant one for all Year 12 students across the state. Not only does it mark the official end of secondary school for these students, it is also the time when they receive details of their academic performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education. All members of the St Patrick’s community share an interest in the academic performance of the Year 12 class. It is a time to celebrate the academic excellence and endeavour of individual students and of the year level as a whole. Following is a summary of the academic achievements of the Year 12 class of 2017.
General information:
  • 200 boys completed Year 12 studies at St Patrick’s College in 2017. 98% percent of these students attained their VCE.
  • 357 students were enrolled in at least one VCE Units 3/4 subject. These boys completed studies in 40 different VCE Unit 3/4 subjects in 2017.
  • There were 30 study scores of 40 or above before scaling and an additional 11 study scores of 40 or above after scaling. These scores were attained in 15 different VCE and VET studies.
  • Seven students attained an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) of 90 and above. A further 17 students attained an ATAR of 80 and above.
  • The 2017 College Dux, with an ATAR of 98.95, was Joshua DeVoogel. Congratulations to Joshua on this outstanding result!
  • The median study score for all VCE and VET studies was 29 and the median ATAR was 60.45.
  • 154 Year 12 students applied for a tertiary place (77% of all Year 12 boys)
  • 258 students were enrolled in at least one of the 21 VCE VET certificates studied in 2017, attaining 96% unit competency completion.
Traditionally, an ATAR of 90 or above has been used as a measure of academic excellence. In 2017, seven students attained this outstanding result:
Timothy Collier
Joshua DeVoogel
Lachlan Furlong
Thomas Millard
Samuel Rousch
Henry Ward
Corey White
When the academic performance of the 17 boys who attained an ATAR score of 80 and above is combined with these boys, then it becomes clear that many students in the Year 12 class of 2017 have attained a very high level of academic excellence.
A study score of 50 represents the highest mark achievable within the VCE for any particular subject. This outstanding result was achieved by Nathan Suttie in Further Mathematics. A truly outstanding result by Nathan and one that aptly reflects the exceptional quality of Nathan’s work and his commitment to his classwork throughout 2017. Congratulations to Liam and his Further Mathematics teacher, Mr Barry Schuurs.
One of the measures commonly reported on to assess academic success in VCE studies is the number of study scores of 40 and above. Following is a list of boys who attained this result both before scaling and after scaling (*):
Given
Surname
Year
Study
Score
Lachlan
Fahey
12
Australian History
42
Thomas
Millard
12
Australian History
42
Brandon
Pryor
12
Australian History
43
Joshua
DeVoogel
12
Biology
41
Henry
Ward
12
Biology
40
Elliott
Lamb
11
Business Management
40
Lachlan
Suttie
11
Engineering Studies (VCE VET)
41
Lou
White
11
Engineering Studies (VCE VET)
41
Nicholas
Elliott
12
English Language
42*
Henry
Ward
12
English Language
41*
Corey
White
12
English Language
41*
Nicholas
Carta
12
Further Mathematics
43
Bradley
Castleman
11
Further Mathematics
41
Luke
Castleman
11
Further Mathematics
40
Charlie
Fenton
12
Further Mathematics
41
Declan
Gannon
11
Further Mathematics
45
Casey
Haseloff
11
Further Mathematics
44
Blake
Lim
11
Further Mathematics
40
Conlon
Love
11
Further Mathematics
42
Samuel
McCrum
11
Further Mathematics
40
Xavier
O’Shea
11
Further Mathematics
41
Lachlan
Owens
11
Further Mathematics
40
Nathan
Suttie
11
Further Mathematics
50
Zak
Wilson
12
Further Mathematics
40
Henry
Ward
12
Health and Human Development
40
Callum
Hofler
12
Literature
41*
Joshua
DeVoogel
12
Literature
40*
Lachlan
Furlong
12
Mathematical Methods
46*
Samuel
Coxall
12
Mathematical Methods
41*
Joshua
DeVoogel
12
Mathematical Methods
44*
Thomas
Millard
12
Mathematical Methods
40*
Samuel
Rousch
12
Mathematical Methods
42*
Timothy
Collier
12
Specialist Mathematics
42*
Joshua
DeVoogel
12
Specialist Mathematics
45*
Lachlan
Furlong
12
Specialist Mathematics
47*
Lachlan
Furlong
12
Physics
40*
Max
Edwards
12
Product Design and Technology
41
Joshua
DeVoogel
12
Religion and Society
49
Callum
Hofler
12
Revolutions
40
Samuel
Williams
11
Revolutions
44
Lachlan
Furlong
12
Software Development
41
 
The VCE (Baccalaureate) was introduced in 2014 to support the State Government’s objectives to encourage more students to include languages and higher level mathematics in their senior secondary program of study. This year, the Victorian Certificate of Education (Baccalaureate) was awarded to James Duffy, Nicholas Elliott, Thomas Hughes, James Lam and James Wait. Congratulations go to each of these boys!
2017 also saw the first group Applied Learning student awarded certificates from the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning program. The following boys received their Senior VCAL certificate in 2017:
Dale Cox
Lachlan Gillespie
Jay Homewood
Jesse Pascoe
Doohan Pettitt
Riley Shaw
St Patrick’s offers a variety of learning pathways to ensure that each boy has every opportunity to achieve personal success. This is perhaps best reflected in the 11 students who successfully attained an apprenticeship (along with an additional five students who gained an apprenticeship before the commencement of the 2017 school year), the nine boys who were successful in gaining direct employment and the further five students who were successful in attaining a position with the Australian Defence Forces during 2017.
I would like to conclude by acknowledging the fine work of all St Patrick’s teachers and our support staff. The College’s level of academic success in 2017 did not happen by chance. It reflects a commitment to establishing a teaching and learning culture that values and supports academic excellence and endeavour. This has happened because St Patrick’s teachers remain committed to continually reviewing and developing classroom programs that provide every opportunity for our boys to experience academic success.
Mr Stephen Hill
Acting Headmaster