THE class of 2016 at St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School in Karrinyup has broken a school record by winning 105 Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) awards.
The awards included five general exhibition award winners, two subject exhibitions, 14 certificates of excellence, 39 distinctions and 45 merits.
In 2015, the school had 44 award winners, including three general exhibition award winners.
Hannah Mizzi, Sarah Barber, Madison Wait, Alexandra Tran and Shamini Srinivasen won a general exhibition award for placing in the top 50.
Hannah and fellow graduate Robyn Fairbairn received subject exhibitions for topping the state in French and English.
Robyn said coming first in English was a big surprise to her.
“To be honest, it is actually quite surreal because although I loved English and did do well in it, it was not my top subject,” she said.
“I received a scholarship at Bond University so I am going to study a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in journalism and film and television.”
Hannah, who hopes to study medicine, said she was thrilled to have won two awards and scored an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 99.95.
“I really was not expecting it, especially the French course exhibition because it is such a tough subject,” she said.
“The year was quite stressful but still a really great year…I think the year group really came together.”
Sarah said it was good to see her hard work pay off.
“I am heading off this year on a rotary youth exchange over in Italy, I am very excited for that,” she said.
“After that, I am coming back but I do not really know my plans…hopefully this year will give me a better picture.”
Principal Lynne Thomson said the school was proud of the students’ WACE examination results.
“This year’s general exhibitions are the highest number in the past few years, though we have had five before,” she said.
“Our Year 12s have busy lives at school…this means that they need to be well-organised and maximise the use of their time and most do this brilliantly.”
Mrs Thomson said she looked forward to great WACE results in from the class of 2017.