Maintaining balance

Balance has been the key to Georgia’s success at school. As an academic person, primarily interested in maths and science subjects, she also loves sport and the outdoors and used these to find balance and motivation. 

“I didn’t want to give up other parts of my life just to do well in Year 12. I kept my job, continued with the sports I love and spent time with friends and family.

Mixing it up

“Choose the subjects you want to do, rather than the subjects you
think you should.”

College Co-Captain Alannah believes that the key to success in secondary school is to follow your passions. 

Alannah followed her own advice, choosing a broad mix of subjects for VCE including Maths Methods, Specialist Maths, Literature, Legal Studies, History of Revolutions and a university extension in History and Philosophy of Science.

A quiet achiever

Teachers have invariably described Zoe as focused, organised and diligent. Beneath her quiet and gentle manner is an inquisitive, thoughtful and reflective learner, ready to ask the difficult question or to help other students. 

Zoe was a self-motivated student with a genuine desire to understand problems whether they be within the logic of Mathematics or the philosophical challenges of Ethics.

Mature, purposeful and balanced – 2019 College Dux Jess

Ensuring balance between her family, social and study commitments
was key to Jess's success

Jess commenced at Mater Christi College in Year 10 when her family moved to the hills. With the support of her teachers and fellow students she adapted to her new environment and quickly formed new friendships.

Musically focused

An unwavering passion for music meant a clear path for Mieke,
right from the beginning of secondary school

Mieke has always known what she wants to do and has been completely focused on that goal throughout her school life.

Keeping an open mind

Sometimes knowing what you don’t want can bring you closer to discovering what you do.

In Years 10 and 11, Holly wanted to be a pilot in the Air Force. “I joined the cadets and threw everything into it. I went on camps, did work experience at East Sale Air Force Base, but in the end I realised it wasn’t for me.

Unique pathways with VCAL

VCAL offers an alternative pathway for students like Monique, who prefer
more practical experiences

Monique realised at the beginning of Year 11 that the structure of VCE wasn’t for her. She transferred to the VCAL program and never looked back.

Seeking guidance pays off

With poise and wisdom beyond her years, Anri always knew when to seek guidance and support.

When Anri moved to Melbourne in Term 3 of Year 7, she understood very little English but she possessed poise and wisdom beyond her years.

Focusing on the end goal

"I kept my focus by reminding myself that although my future is in dance, everything I do takes me closer to that goal."

Unlike most students, Amy knew she had secured a spot in her tertiary course of choice in the early stages of Year 12. Following a gruelling four-hour dance audition, Amy was accepted into Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance school in April 2019. 

While knowing her path was secure took the pressure off, Amy needed to make sure she stayed motivated throughout Year 12 to ensure she completed her other subjects; Health and Human Development, Psychology, Maths and English.

Year 12 in hindsight

Our speaker at our High Achievers' Assembly was 2019 College Dux Jessica Taffe. Jess shared her reflections on what success really looks like in Year 12 and how to find balance in a busy school life..


My name is Jess and I’d like to start by saying a massive congratulations to my classmates, the class of 2019! All our hard work and hours spent studying was worth it, we made it!!

This year I will be going to university, as many of my peers have chosen to do, and I will be studying Science at Melbourne Uni.