Perfect scores the pay off for year of hard slog ( admin posted on July 1st, 2018 )

The wait is finally over for the more than 82,000 students who receive their results from 7am today.

The Age can reveal Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School has achieved a remarkable coup with three of its students achieving the perfect Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.

Lochlan Brick, Vicky Chen and Denise Chew all achieved the maximum ranking of 99.95.

“I was not expecting it all to be honest – it was a pretty big surprise,” says Lochlan, who studied chemistry, physics, specialist maths, maths methods, French and English.

Lochlan, who has applied to do science at Melbourne University, says the hardest part of the year was trying to stay on top of everything, particularly when there were a few SACs (School Assessed Coursework) every week.

“It all just evolves into a bit of a hectic rush before every SAC,” Lochlan says.

“It was a long year and a lot of hard work. It’s good to be finished and it paid off.”

Lochlan moved to Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School at the start year 11.

“Definitely for me it was a good change – I really enjoyed the new environment. The teachers pushed us really hard to get the best out of us.”

Denise, who also achieved the perfect ATAR, is trying to work out whether to do medicine at Monash University or commerce.

She said studying six subjects – English, specialist maths, methods, Chinese, chemistry and Latin – helped her to learn to juggle. “I tried not to stay up too late because sometimes it gets a bit hard to concentrate at school,” she says

Penleigh and Essendon Grammar received a total of 20 perfect study scores of 50 out of 50..

Across Victoria 642 students had at least one study score of 50 (a total of 705 were awarded).

Penleigh and Essendon Grammar’s senior school head Barbara Deery said this year’s VCE students had been a great group. “They were very cohesive and co-operative – they worked hard and they supported one another. The year levels that hang together do the best.”

This year more than 49,000 students will graduate with their VCE and over 11,000 students completed their Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). Eligible VCE students will also get their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

Education Minister Martin Dixon said it was an exciting time for students and their families who could now celebrate their achievements after a challenging year.

“Congratulations to all the students who have received their results today – whether they are getting single subjects scores or graduating with their VCE – they should be very proud of what they have accomplished,” Mr Dixon said.

Mr Dixon said it was important for students to seek advice if their results were not what they expected.

Higher Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall said there were many career pathways available to students.

“University is only one study option available to students – there are a myriad of career and course choices from TAFE and apprenticeships, to traineeships or entering the workforce,” Mr Hall said.

Students have until 12 noon on 24 December 2012 to change their university and TAFE course preferences.

How did you or your school perform? Want to share your story? Email The Age’s Education editor Jewel Topsfield on [email protected]苏州美睫培训.au

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