19 December 2019

VCE 2019 Student Insights

Article by Mr Michael Brown & Mrs Claire Hewitt

VCE 2019 Student Insights

A number of our high achievers were able to be contacted yesterday morning and visited the College on the day their VCE results were announced and we were able to gain some insights into their past year and their future aspirations.

Indonesian was a favourite subject this year of Erin Skene, Year 12 Arrupe leader, finding the classes always enjoyable with Bu Hall and interesting learning another language. She describes the Year 12 Retreat and receiving the ATAR score she needs for her chosen university course as her highlights. Challenges have been with finding the balance between school and personal life. She hopes to undertake a Bachelor of Science at University next year and her tips are to constantly revise the content you are unsure of not just the content you already know.

Kysan Notting enjoyed studying Woodwork and Systems Engineering the most this year as he likes construction and making products. Highlights included the construction of a dart board cabinet and his relief in the first flight of his remote-controlled plane. He found working at home a challenge with so many distractions. He enjoys Football, fishing and kayaking and he plans to work during a Gap year next year. His tips include to have a work-life balance and balance school work with the activities you love to do which he believes improves his study.

The favourite subject of Zoe Kontogeorgis this year was Health and Human Development as she enjoyed learning about those aspects in our country and the rest of the world. She enjoyed socialising with friends and her challenges have been exams, SACs and personal life versus school balance. She is interested in Sports and hopes to go to University with some travel to England in the future, and her tips are to get your homework done straight away and not to procrastinate.

Rachelle Spadoni enjoyed her Maths Methods subject the best this year finding the learning atmosphere very enjoyable and fun with Ms. Perkins. During the year she enjoyed socialising and making strong connections. Her challenges were to be able to balance school friendships and work effectively. She would like to study a double bachelor degree of Mathematics and Secondary Education at ACU. Her tips include to get your homework done straight away and don’t dwell too much on things you can’t change.

The favourite subjects of Miranda Friee were Religion and Society and Psychology as she found the topics interesting and she performed well in them. Her highlight of the year was completing her media SAT where she produced and filmed a music video and was extremely happy with the outcome. Miranda participated in many Social Justice activities including the Winter Sleep out and volunteering at the Vinnies Op Shops. She found balancing her social life with school work sometimes a challenge and her interests include Music, Media and Business. She wishes to study Business at Monash University next year and her study advice is to use and reflect on feedback from previous SACs before doing the next ones and to use cue cards which are life savers and especially useful for definitions.

Natalia Wilcox particularly enjoyed her Indonesian classes this year–she loved learning another language and enjoyed the class atmosphere and great teacher. She would like to study Medical Imaging at Deakin next year.

Nicolas Ash (Year 11) particularly enjoyed Physical Education and Outdoor and Environmental Studies this year and found them interesting and engaging. Highlights of his year include the big Football final win, Outdoor Education camps and World Challenge. Challenges during the year was in staying on task with constant revision. His best study tip is to constantly revise. He looks forward to Year 12 next year and then onto university.

Amelia Maheras (Year 11) found studying Biology and Health and Human Development particularly rewarding this year as she enjoyed the content and her really good teachers. The highlights of her year were enjoying working with helpful teachers interested in each student and their progress. She enjoyed coaching netball and found staying motivated to study a challenge at times. She enjoys playing netball and forensics. She looks forward to studying hard in Year 12 next year and going on to study Science at University. Her tips are to pace yourself throughout the year.

As our Year 12 cohorts, both VCE and VCAL, journey out into the wider world as our Old Ignatians, we hope that they are always open to growth, have been inspired to be leaders whether it be on a large or small scale, to be as those who will make a difference, and to be “women and men for others”.

Mr. Michael Brown VCE Coordinator and Mrs. Claire Hewitt Development Manager