The Class of 2019 had a very special year and made a significant impact on the School and in the Senior Centre. At the beginning of the year they were challenged to establish a positive and supportive culture within the Senior Centre and pleasingly they exceeded our expectations. Throughout the year they strengthened relationships within their cohort and those around them. Furthermore, they supported one another through the challenges of Year 12 and together developed strong and consistent work ethics and I am pleased to announce that their hard work has resulted in a very strong set of results.
Just over 41% of students attained an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) over 80 placing them in the top 20% of students the country. The Class of 2019 achieved a median (ATAR) of 74.6, which places the upper half of our students in the top 25.4% of students nationally.
Individually, there were some outstanding achievements. Melanie Bonwick is our DUX for 2019 attaining an ATAR of 97.40, closely followed by our Proxime Accessit, Lillian McHugh who attained an ATAR of 96.60. These results place them in the top 3.4% nationally. Other outstanding VCE achievements include a number of study scores of 45 and above:
Whilst recognising the wonderful achievements above, it is very important to recognise that our Class of 2019 cohort have been outstanding role models for the future Year 12 Balcombe Grammar students. Almost all displayed a high level of ‘student agency’, meaning that they took purposeful initiative in their own learning which included utilising their new Year 12 Common Room very well. In addition to this I would like to acknowledged the wonderful work that all teachers at Balcombe Grammar have played in our Class of 2019’s journey, many of which began in Primary School. The importance of the relationship between teacher and student is vital and I thank our teachers for supporting our Year 12 cohort over the years and for their willingness to evolve as educators and create engaging educational experiences.
We congratulate and farewell our Class of 2019, knowing they have gained so much more than an ATAR score here at Balcombe. They leave with self-confidence, resilience, strong networks and many skills and experiences to assist them for life beyond the gates of Balcombe Grammar. We are very proud of our Balcombe Grammar students who are exceptional young people.
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