Melbourne students shine in VCE

December 17, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The results are in and in spite of the added obstacle of COVID, Melbourne’s Jewish schools have produced remarkable achievements.

Principal of Mount Scopus College Rabbi James Kennard wrote to parents: ”

Joshua Rotstein

2021 has again presented ongoing challenges for us all. After enduring two years of disruption to their learning, their lives and their Year 12 experience, the 2021 graduating class has achieved wonderful VCE results.

We are incredibly proud of how our Year 12 students displayed resilience and commitment over their VCE years. They faced the numerous transitions from in-person to online learning with maturity and resilience, while displaying genuine appreciation of and concern for their peers and teachers. They worked together to create virtual activities for themselves and for the younger years and overcame tremendous challenges as a cohort.

We are very proud of the fine, caring and thoughtful young adults that they have become, and today we also congratulate them on an excellent set of VCE results.

In addition, we thank and congratulate our teachers, who have continued to work tirelessly to support our VCE students and those of all other years, amidst these ongoing difficult circumstances.

The highlights of this year’s VCE results are as follows:

  •  10.6% of students achieving an ATAR of 99 or above,
  •  35% of students achieving an ATAR of 95 or above,
  •  53% of students achieving an ATAR of 90 or above,
  •  83% of students achieving an ATAR of 70 or above,
  •  9 Study Scores of 50
  •  Median study score was 36
  •  31.9% of study scores at 40 or over
  •  Median ATAR was 90.55

Special congratulations go to Joshua Rotstein who achieved an ATAR of 99.9 and is named ‘Dux of the College’.

Mia Kline

Additional top VCE performers were Jordan Lipszyc (99.7), Georgia Salkin (99.6), Tali Hazan (99.55), Joshua Goldberg (99.5), Gabriella Slomoi (99.4), Tara Givoni (99.35), Jacob Pook (99.35), Jason Antman (99.25), Tess-Rafaella Wexler (99.15), Matthew Peker (99.05) and Hannah Miller (99).

Special mentions also go to the following students for their perfect scores of 50 in individual subjects:

English: Georgia Salkin, Kira Rachbuch, Tess-Rafaella Wexler Health and Human Development: Jesslyn Simon
Legal Studies: Hannah Golshevsky
Maths Methods: David Lapidus, Jasper Sherman Psychology: Jasmine Felman

Religion and Society: Tali Hazan

Mazal tov to Mia Kline on being awarded the Henry Lanzer ‘Keter Shem Tov – Crown of a Good Name’ Award at the Graduation ceremony. The recipient of this award is elected by their peers for having made the cohort a truly inclusive one.

We applaud the results of all of our students, whose effort and determination earned them success. We celebrate the achievements of all those who excelled, especially those who exceeded expectations, whether or not they have reached the highest scores.

Tye Samuels

Students at Bialik College have achieved results in the top 5 in the State for 10 of the last 10 years. With the College’s commitment to developing a Culture of Thinking, pioneered over 10 years ago in collaboration with Harvard University, Bialik students are encouraged to question and challenge themselves beyond the curriculum, develop abstract and critical thinking skills and prepare, not only for examinations but more importantly, for life beyond school.

  •  11.3% of students achieved an ATAR of 99 or above, placing them in the top 1% of the State, whilst 32.4% of students attained 95 or above, placing them in the top 5% of the State;
  •  52.1% scored 90 or above, placing them in the top 10% of the State;
  •  An incredible 32.6% of study scores were 40 or above placing them in the top 8% of the State;
  •  The median ATAR was 90.2;
  •  The median study score was 37 and students achieved 6 perfect study scores of 50 across 5 subjects, and

Mazel Tov to College Dux, Tye Samuels who achieved an ATAR of 99.85.

Principal Jeremy Stowe-Lindner said ‘We are so proud of every single member of our 2021 graduating class. Each and every one of them has achieved spectacular results, managing the stop-start of disrupted schooling throughout their VCE years. Kol Hakavod to them and their dedicated and hard-working teachers.’

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