2019 VCE Results
At Ballarat Clarendon College, our attention and our effort is on maximising a student’s competence, skills and capacity so that, at the end of their time at school, when they stand on the threshold of their future, they can choose their heart’s desire.
Today, we celebrate the successes of our Year 12 cohort, 60% of whom achieved a university entrance score of over 90 putting them in the top 10% of the nation. A quarter of our cohort achieved in the top 2% with an ATAR over 98. Our Duces for 2019 are Yang Liu and Olivia Putland with 99.9.
Our students have good reason to celebrate. With a median ATAR of 92.6, the Class of 2019 has achieved results that reflect their determination, their passion and their effort. The outcomes also reflect the commitment of the team involved in supporting, guiding and caring for them. Congratulations to our students, their families and the staff.
Our young adults stand on the threshold of their future, their next steps will see them move closer to their goals, dreams or aspirations may be. Within our diverse group of Year 12 students we has aspiring architects, health professionals, music producers, criminologists, engineers, nutritionists, photographers, archaeologists, journalists and construction managers.
Everything we do counts. Our students embrace the opportunities and challenges that life at Clarendon offers – from taking to the stage for the first time in a musical, encouraging the team when a loss appears likely, engaging with local primary school students in Homework Club or lobbying for change to increase recycling to training with the crew as dawn breaks over Lake Wendouree or relentlessly pursuing progress and framing setbacks as opportunities for learning.
For the fifth year in succession, Ballarat Clarendon College has been recognised by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), the peak independent statutory authority, as one of the few schools nationally that made ‘substantially above average gains’ with its students.
We received the following from David de Carvalho the CEO of ACARA:
I am pleased to advise that ACARA has identified your school as having demonstrated substantially above average gain in reading and/or numeracy achievement, as measured by NAPLAN.
On behalf of ACARA, I would like to extend my congratulations to you and your school community on this achievement. Improvement in student literacy and/or numeracy of this magnitude, as measured by NAPLAN, is significant and worthy of highlighting and acknowledging.
Focused on the optimal progress of every student in every curriculum area, it is gratifying for all in our community that we are publicly acknowledged for delivering on our goal. Everything we do at Clarendon is in the service of student learning and student progress; we remain steadfastly focused on our mission – to maximise a student’s competence, skills and capacity so that, at the end of their time at school, when they stand on the threshold of their future, they can choose their heart’s desire.
Over several years, ACARA has released information on schools demonstrating substantially above average gain in student reading and/or numeracy achievement, as measured by NAPLAN. My School presents gain in student achievement in three ways: overall gain compared with previous years; gain compared to schools with similar students; and gain compared to other students at the same average NAPLAN starting score. In being identified as a ‘high gain school’, Clarendon is recognised as demonstrating ‘substantial improvement’ based on an overall gain that exceeds the national average; an overall gain higher than schools with a similar community socio-educational advantage level; and an overall gain higher than that shown by students with the same NAPLAN starting score. In recognising this achievement, ACARA notes that ‘gains of this magnitude are significant and worthy of acknowledgement’.