Facebook helped, say school’s top achievers

Perth Modern School principal Lois Joll (back) with top achieving 2013 graduates Zoe Castleden, Aidan Yuen-Oye, Thomas Windsor, and John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship recipient Keegan McNamara (front).d413377
Perth Modern School principal Lois Joll (back) with top achieving 2013 graduates Zoe Castleden, Aidan Yuen-Oye, Thomas Windsor, and John Curtin Undergraduate Scholarship recipient Keegan McNamara (front).d413377

The Subiaco-based school’s graduating class won more WACE awards than any other in WA and had a median ATAR score of 95.4, an increase from last year’s 94.35.

Class of 2013 student Keegan McNamara (17), who won a John Curtin Scholarship worth more than $100,000, said students studied through Facebook groups for individual subjects where they could ask questions and exchange study tips.

‘We had a chemistry and physics group on Facebook that was really helpful in the lead-up to the WACE exams,’ he said.

Thomas Windsor (17), who won a Certificate of Distinction in Biological Science, said the school’s focus on service taught students valuable lessons and inspired balance in their lives.

‘There wasn’t the set number of service hours but there was a community of students doing it anyway,’ Thomas said.

Principal Lois Joll said students excelled academically and showed incredible community spirit, and spent hundreds of hours between them on service.

‘One of our students, James Houlahan, achieved an ATAR of 99.95 and still managed to complete more than 300 hours of community service across years 10 to 12,’ she said.