IT has been a proud summer break for high achievers at two local public high schools, with the news that five northern suburbs Year 12 students finished last year in the top 1 per cent of the state.
Duncraig Senior High School had four students score an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of more than 99, with Blake Hillwood, of Warwick, and Daniel Vu, of Marangaroo, both scoring 99.85, Finbarr Foy, of Pearsall, scoring 99.20 and Nikolai Price, of Hillarys, scoring 99, ranking them among the highest academic achievers in WA.
Woodvale Secondary College had two students score an ATAR above 99, with Woodvale’s Mitchell Bruce scoring 99.50 and Daniel Brown 99.
Capping off a “highly successful academic year for Duncraig”, it was also revealed that 50 per cent of its Year 12 students finished the year in the top 19 per cent of the state.
“These are outstanding results and all students should be proud of their achievement,” principal Stephen Spice said.
“Almost all students who aimed to go to university will have that opportunity.
“The students’ success can be attributed to the way they took every opportunity to give their personal best, which included attending after school tuition, individual and group mentoring, inspirational speaker sessions and above all, working as a team with their teachers to give each other support.”
Seven students were awarded School Curriculum and Standards Authority awards following their WA Certificate of Education results.
Mr Hillwood, Mr Vu and Mr Price were all awarded certificates of commendation while Mr Hillwood also won a certificate of distinction for mathematics.
Certificates of commendation also went to Sonna Yawary (Madeley), Ahmed Farhath (Hillarys), Olivia Ryan (Mullaloo) and Daniel Chiswell (Sorrento).
Mr Bruce and Mr Brown were also awarded certificates of commendation, along with fellow Woodvale students Nicole Priestman (Craigie) and Georgia Maher (Darch), while Mr Bruce was also awarded a certificate of distinction for media production and analysis.
School Curriculum and Standards Authority awards recognise the breadth and depth of students’ knowledge and are based on the marks from five courses.
ATAR is drawn from the scaled scores from four courses and no breadth is required.