Perth Modern School achieves new record median ATAR score for a WA school

Rachel Guizzo Dri, Lara IIievski and Gerald Tjahyadi.
Rachel Guizzo Dri, Lara IIievski and Gerald Tjahyadi.

PERTH Modern School achieved a West Australian record in the West Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) after finishing with an overall median Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score of 96.2.

ATAR results were released on Friday, December 22, with six of the school’s students achieving a perfect score of 99.95, 46 scoring an ATAR of more than 99, a record 13 general exhibitions and seven subject exhibitions (top scores in a subject).

Students Jonathan Darmago, Oliver Pulsford, Shintaro Umeki, Arun Jha, Yi Si Wong and Zhong Xien Yeoh recorded the perfect 99.95 ATAR score, while Oliver Pulsford, Arun Jha, Raeann Ng, Lydia Hill Almeida, Yi Si Wong, Zhong Xien Yeoh, Finn Jackson, Jae Min Pae, Yi Wen Wong, Sanchita Gera, Zachary Xiao, Nicholas Baxter and Belinda Luu achieved a general exhibition.

Talica Gummery won the subject exhibition for ancient history, Zhong Xien Yeoh for chemistry, economics and mathematics specialist, Rachel Guizzo Dri (Year 11) for Italian: second language,  Gerald Tjahyadi for mathematics nethods and Lara IIievski for physical education studies.

Rachel Guizzo Dri (17) said when she found out she had won the subject exhibition for Italian: second language she was completely shocked before dissolving into tears.

“I love the Italian language and the culture and studying it never seemed like a chore as one part of studying for it is watching Italian films,” Rachel said.

She started studying Italian when she started at Perth Modern School in Year 8.

Physical education studies subject exhibition winner Lara IIievski said she was “really excited” when she found out she was the top student in the state in the subject.

“My mum called me at the shopping centre and I started squealing but I had to Google what getting a (subject exhibition) meant as I wasn’t completely sure at that point,” Lara said.

“(Physical education studies) was a really good subject as it was a mixture between the practical and theoretical knowledge.”

General exhibition winner Zachary Xiao said working out what he knew and didn’t know as well as knowing you had to put the hard yards in was the secret to his success.

Perth Modern School principal Lois Joll paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of both the students and the teachers who had worked together to achieve the outstanding results.