Catholic schools shine in VCE


Catholic schools have continued to shine in VCE results, performing above the state average and showing significant improvements in quality.

The average median score achieved by Catholic school students was 30.6, almost two points higher than the 28.8 state average.

The number of schools where all students satisfactorily completed the VCE leapt by 12.9 per cent.

More than 10 per cent of students received VCE study scores of 40 or above – representing exceptional performance – in close to a quarter of Melbourne Catholic schools, showing the quality across the system.

And students in 93.5 per cent of Melbourne Catholic Schools successfully completed the VCE Baccalaureate, compared to a state average of 60 per cent of schools.

Catholic Education Melbourne Executive Director Stephen Elder described the results as extremely positive.

‘The 2016 VCE scores reflect great credit on students and teachers in our Catholic schools,’ he said.

‘Our schools have also performed strongly in vocational education and training, with a lift in the number satisfactorily completing VET units at a rate better than 90 per cent.

‘They have also shown good outcomes in the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning.’

Among individual Catholic VCE highlights:

  • Three Xavier College students, Hamish Adams, Patrick Groenewegen and Colin Hwang, all scored perfect ATARs of 99.95 per cent
  • Profound deafness proved no barrier to Dhruvi Desai becoming joint dux of Aquinas College, Ringwood, and St Mary’s College for Hearing Impaired Students, with an ATAR of 99.1
  • Corrin Demeo from Sacred Heart College Geelong came dux of the school with a score of 98.25 – two years after her twin sisters Claire and Renee scored 98.40 and 98.65 respectively at the College
  • De La Salle College’s Corey Lyons, drafted to the Brisbane Lions AFL team, scored an ATAR of 94
  • Saad Al-Kassab topped the table at Catholic Regional College, Sydenham, with an ATAR of 96.65 despite only starting learning English after arriving in Australia as a refugee from Syria in June 2014 and missing two years of school due to the conflict in his homeland, instead studying at home with his mother.

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