Last Tuesday evening, we acknowledged the achievements of students in the Class of 2021 – a group of young people who faced challenges with courage and determination. Seated alongside them, were also a small group of students of the Class of 2022 who were recognised for their endeavours as accelerated students in Unit 3&4 studies last year. In normal times, our High Achievers would have received their awards at the conclusion of the whole-school Eucharist celebration at St Patrick’s Cathedral. However, it was wonderful to be able to gather in the College Chapel with our High Achievers and their parents to celebrate their successes.
Here at Whitefriars College, we are committed to providing an education that prepares our students for the world beyond the College gates on Park Road. In this community, the pursuit of personal excellence is valued – whether our students are on a VCE or VCAL pathway. Our High Achievers awards evening acknowledged students who achieved:
- an ATAR of 90 or above,
- study scores of 40 or above in one or more of their Unit 3 4 sequences and
- the top study score in each subject
We acknowledged the efforts of Darcy Fenech, recipient of the 2021 VCAL Excellence Award, as a gentle man of action, who shows initiative in a work context. He is an effective communicator and team player, who connects well with both his peers and adults. He is an empathetic leader who looks out for his mates and who graciously uses his talents to serve others. Darcy is currently undertaking an apprenticeship in carpentry and has plans to enter the Australian Defence Force.
The 2021 College Dux, Roger Luo, achieved an impressive ATAR ranking of 99.45. A curious and self-motivated learner, he has accepted an offer to study Engineering with Honours, in the Masters Accelerated pathway, at Monash University. We recognised Roger’s achievements across a demanding Year 12 academic program. In 2021, he achieved study scores of: 47 in Chemistry, 41 in Specialist Mathematics, 44 in Physics and under the guidance of Mr Anthony Yeo, he achieved a perfect study score of 50 in Mathematical Methods. In addition to being awarded College Dux, he was the Dux of four Unit 3&4 studies: Chemistry, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Physics.
We are proud of the achievements of these students, and we wish them well in their future endeavours.
Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching