Southern suburbs duo take out prestigious Beazley Medals

Beazley Medal winners Isabel Longbottom and Andreaa Ioan. Picture: Supplied
Beazley Medal winners Isabel Longbottom and Andreaa Ioan. Picture: Supplied

TWO female public school students have taken out the state’s top awards for their outstanding achievements in Year 12.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery presented the winners of the 2017 Beazley Medals with their medals in a ceremony at Kings Park on December 22.

The Minister was joined by former Deputy Prime Minister Kim Beazley, son of the late Kim Edward Beazley after whom the medals are named.

Rossmoyne Senior High School’s Isabel Longbottom won the Beazley Medal: Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) for the highest examination marks of any student across five ATAR  courses in Year 12.

Isabel also won a general exhibition; subject exhibition in physics, a Certificate of Excellence in chemistry, literature, mathematics specialist and physics, and a Certificate of Distinction.

She was surprised and excited her when she found out the news of her award.

“I didn’t think my school marks in literature had been good enough to win the Beazley,” she said.

“It turned out I had done significantly better in the WACE exam than my school exams.”

Despite the stressful year the high school graduate enjoyed her time in Year 12.

“I enjoyed the year quite a lot, at least up until mock exams started,” she said.

“All of the subjects I chose were ones I was interested in and I have always loved learning.

“Of course Year 12 requires a lot of work, but I didn’t mind most of it since I was studying things I enjoyed.

“One moment of Year 12 that I remember quite vividly was finishing my French WACE exam it was a nice day, sunny and I’d finished my final exam, it was a great feeling.”

Isabella said her passion and favourite subject had always been maths.

“I’ve done quite a lot of extracurricular competitions,” she said.

“I’ve also completed enrichment programs in mathematics both this year and over the last 10 or so years of school.”

She is planning to study at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

“In the middle of the year I applied for and won one of the Tuckwell scholarships, a non-degree specific undergraduate scholarship,” she said.

“I’m looking at studying physics and mathematics, possibly through a Bachelor of Philosophy degree.”

Willetton Senior High School’s Andreea Ioan won the Beazley Medal: Vocational Education and Training (VET) for the most outstanding performance in vocational education and training studies in Year 12.

Andreea completed a Certificate III and IV in Fitness and achieved a VET Exhibition and VET Certificate of Excellence in Sport, Recreation and Public Safety.

A record 4477 students won a range of academic and vocational awards in the annual School Curriculum and Standards Authority awards, which recognise outstanding achievement.

Fifty students received general exhibitions for the highest scores in ATAR examinations.

Thirteen Perth Modern School students received general exhibitions and its students won seven subject exhibitions, while St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls and Christ Church Grammar school followed with six students from each receiving general exhibitions.

All students will be presented with their awards at a formal ceremony at Government House in February 2018.

The Beazley Medal was first presented in 1984.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the Beazley Medals were the “highest honour” a senior secondary student in WA could receive.

“Both Isabel and Andreea’s hard work has paid off and they have succeeded at the very highest level,” she said.

“It is also important to acknowledge the support of their families, teachers and school staff who have supported their learning over many years.

“I also congratulate more than 4000 students from across WA schools who have won awards for their outstanding achievements in Year 12.”