St Leonard’s College is proud of the achievements of the VCE Class of 2016, especially those who have achieved beyond expectation through hard work and brilliant teaching.
We have been delighted to witness the increased number of students gaining a subject score greater than 40, and an ATAR greater than 90, especially given the increased number of students who are undertaking the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
We look forward to sharing the full picture of academic achievement at St Leonard’s College upon the release of IBDP results on Wednesday 4 January.
Our VCE Duces in 2016 were Samuel Slykhuis and Rebecca O’Connell with impressive ATARs of 99.35
Rebecca O’Connell – ATAR 99.35
Rebecca joined St Leonard’s in year 7. In her time at St Leonard’s College she became an accomplished student both in and out of the classroom. In 2015, she undertook VCE Psychology Units 3/4 and achieved a perfect study score of 50. In year 12 she studied English, Mathematical Methods, Chemistry, Physics and Business Management, claiming College Subject Prizes in four of the five, as well as Academic Full Colours and an award for General Academic Excellence. An ATAR of 99.35 is testament to her dedication and hard work.
Rebecca balanced her busy academic load with participation in a range of cocurricular activities including being a member of the College’s Premiership winning ACS Senior Netball team. Her involvement as a member of the backstage crew for a number of performances by the Hart Theatre Company was also a highlight of her time at the College.
She thanked her year 12 subject teachers and her Mentor for their help and support throughout the year. Her advice to future year 12 students is to “Try and get ahead on your work, do flashcards or summaries as you go so you don’t have to do it all at the end of the year.”
In 2017, Rebecca plans to study a Double Degree in Engineering and Commerce at Monash University.
Samuel Slykhuis – ATAR 99.35
Samuel started his education at St Leonard’s in year 4. In his eight years at the College he availed himself of many cocurricular opportunities across a wide range of domains. Highlights of his cocurricular involvement included being a member of the College’s very first ACS Football Premiership-winning team and participating in the Hilary Challenge in New Zealand in 2015. In 2016, he was awarded College Colours for Athletics, and Half Colours in Football and Cross Country, and was also elected as a member of the Student Council. Samuel is also a talented musician and performer, which was most evident in his contribution as a member of the ensemble for this year’s Senior School play, Inheritance.
In addition to his cocurricular success, Samuel excelled in the classroom, receiving Subject Prizes for English, Geography and Physical Education in year 12. He studied English, Physical Education, Geography, Maths Methods and Biology towards his VCE and achieved an outstanding ATAR of 99.35.
He thanked his subject teachers, family and friends for their support during his VCE studies. His advice to future year 12 students is to “Follow the Study Design carefully […] it will be your best friend in preparing for exams!”
In 2017, Samuel plans to study either Psychology or Physiotherapy at Monash University.