What is excellence?

Maria Haggett's message to students at the High Achievers Assembly was that excellence comes in many forms and requires more than natural talent and intelligence. It requires persistence, hard work and a willingness to ask for help.

Today we wish to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the Year 12 Class of 2020, through the acknowledgment of achievement in VCE & VCAL.  We will also be presenting awards to students who attained excellent results in Year 7 - 11  2020. 

We are streaming this today to our special guests, so on behalf of you all I extend a special welcome, for their final Mater Christi Assembly, to the high achievers of the Year 12 Class of 2020 and their families.

Celebrating our High Achievers of 2020

We were delighted to celebrate student achievement at our High Achievers Assembly today, with Year 12 2020 students, parents, grandparents, guardians and family friends joining us via zoom .

Congratulations to all students who can feel proud of their achievements in learning and are looking forward with excitement and anticipation to the next stage of their education journey.

Celebrating Year 12 2020

We are delighted and proud to share some highlights of another year of outstanding VCE and VCAL achievements.

Highlights in summary:

17% of students attained an ATAR over 90
38% of students attained an ATAR over 80
Median ATAR of 74.5
Median Study Score of 32
35 study scores of 40 or higher
Study scores of 40 or higher in 13 different studies
30 students attained scores of 40 or higher
2 students attained Study Scores of 50
94% of applicants received offers for tertiary study
3 students shortlisted for the VCE Season of Excellence - Isabelle Hrubos & Gab Petersen (Dance) and Molly Paton (Drama). Isabelle Hrubos selected to perform.

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.