ST Norbert College’s Class of 2022 achieved some outstanding results in ATAR and Vocational Educational and Training, including:
- Highest ATAR score – 99.3
- Median ATAR score – 82
- Seven students attained an ATAR of 90+
- 38 per cent of students achieved an ATAR of between 80 and 90
- In vocational education (VET), a Special Certificate of Excellence: Community Services, Health and Education was achieved, along with one Certificate of Distinction and 11 Certificates of Merit.
Class of 2022 dux Guntaas Ranu (pictured left) was placed in the top 0.70% of students with an ATAR score of 99.3.
“When I received my results, I was surprised but also happy to have received a 99+ ATAR,” Guntaas said. “I had already received interview offers to courses like Medicine at some of the best universities in Australia and I felt a sense of pride in being placed in the top 0.70% of students..
“The most enjoyable part of my ATAR journey was the learning experience. Firstly, it taught me how to maintain a balanced routine, so that I can focus on my studies while still enjoying my extra-curricular activities. ATAR also helped me establish and refine skills, such as dedication, commitment and motivation. Ultimately, I found joy in challenging myself to understand concepts beyond the syllabus and, by extension, improved my capability to think beyond academically set boundaries.”
Guntaas said she chose subjects she liked, “so I genuinely enjoyed the content and studied them continuously”. Her commitment to Chemistry, Economics, ATAR English, Mathematics Methods, Physics and ATAR Religion and Life led to being accepted into the Assured Pathway to Doctor of Medicine (MD) at UWA.
VET Certificates of Excellence are awarded to the top Year 12 students undertaking a VET certificate within a specified industry area. Students who apply for the awards include recommendations from both the school and workplace learning host, as well as undertaking an interview before a panel of industry experts. Graduate Stephni ’s award recognises the hard work she has invested during Year 11 and 12 to complete the Certificates III and IV in Dental Assistance.
In Year 12, Stephni Jesuthasan (pictured left) completed a Certificate III in Dental Assisting, Certificate III in Health Services Assistance and a Certificate IV in Dental Assisting. Stephni has secured employment in the industry and plans to continue studying dental therapy at Curtin University.
Fellow graduate Dallas (pictured above right) was nominated for a VET exhibition award in Primary, Environmental and Animal Care Industries after completing a Certificate III in Heath Services Assistance, Certificate III in Animal care and Certificate IV in Science (Biology) – Animal & Marine Biology.
Dallas has been accepted into the highly regarded and competitive Taronga Zoo Certificate III in Wildlife and Exhibited Animal Care at the Perth Zoo, with a long-term goal of becoming a Zookeeper, and continues to volunteer at Darling Range Wildlife Shelter.
Dallas chose the Cert II in Health Service Assistance course to help develop his people skills and he felt that health and first aid “would be handy in the animal care industry” and added a Cert IV in Science (Animal Marine and Biology) as “I have a strong passion for wildlife and working with animals”.
“I was also able to improve my laboratory skills which is needed for working with injured animals in the hospital. This course was important in the preparation for university or the adulting world. It gave me the qualifications to enrol into university if I wanted to in the future,” Dallas said.
The total number of Workplace Learning hours obtained by St Norbert College vocational students (not including Year 10 work experience) was 15,963. A total of 168 vocational qualifications were achieved.