Congratulations to the class of 2016 on some excellent results in the VCE and IBDP
When combined, our VCE and IBDP results confirm our position as the leading school in Bayside.
- 39% of students gained an ATAR of 90 or above, placing them in the top 10% of the state
- 65% of students gained an ATAR of 80 or above, placing them in the top 20% of the state
Our College Duces for 2016 are Sophie Tallis, Rhea Singh and Isobel Galloway who gained IBDP scores of 44/45 and were awarded ATARs of 99.85. This places them within the top 1% of all IBDP graduates worldwide. Our VCE Duces are Samuel Slykhuis and Rebecca O’Connell, who achieved ATARs of 99.35.
IBDP Duces – Sophie Tallis, Rhea Singh and Isobel Galloway
Sophie Tallis – IBDP score 44, ATAR 99.85
Sophie made the most of every opportunity provided at St Leonard’s, contributing to a range of cocurricular programs. In particular, she was very involved in the Hart Theatre Company, both as part of the Tech Crew and on stage as a leading cast member in several plays. Some of her most memorable moments from St Leonard’s College came from her involvement in the theatre program, particularly her very first play in year 8. “It was an amazing experience and I made so many friends within the cast across year levels that I am still very close with, as we all worked very hard and had a lot of fun being a part of something we loved, which has informed involvement in all areas of the Hart Theatre every year since.”
In addition, Sophie participated in debating, public speaking, House, sport and social justice programs, as well as serving on Student Council. She was awarded Debating Full Colours, Drama Full Colours, Technical Production Full Colours, House Full Colours and College Full Colours throughout her time in Senior School.
Sophie also enjoyed great success in the classroom, receiving a General Academic Excellence award in year 10 and Academic Full Colours in year 11 and 12. She was also awarded Subject Prizes for Literature and Theatre, and her high achievement across all subjects saw her awarded an IBDP score of 44 (ATAR 99.85).
Sophie thanks all her teachers, from when she first joined the College in ELC3 right through to year 12, for all their support and for going above and beyond in helping her achieve her best. Her advice for future year 12 students is to plan ahead as “keeping due dates in mind will help you stay on top of your workload and ensure you can plan in times for revision and times for breaks!”
She plans to study a double degree in Law and Arts at Australian National University.
Rhea Singh – IBDP score 44, ATAR 99.85
Rhea has been a consistently high-achieving student throughout her time at St Leonard’s, excelling both in and out of the classroom. Since joining the College in year 4, Rhea has thrown herself into all that life at St Leonard’s has to offer, participating in a range of music, sport, leadership, debating, House and social justice activities. Her contributions to the College’s cocurricular programs saw her awarded Music Full Colours, House Full Colours, College Full Colours and Debating Half Colours, as well as the Silver Medal for Outstanding Participation and Achievement for Munro House. Rhea was also appointed to the Student Council in 2016.
Her academic record is just as impressive and includes a year 10 General Academic Excellence award, Full Academic Colours in year 11 and 12, and Subject Prizes in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Psychology. Rhea’s IBDP score of 44 (ATAR 99.85) is a testament to her hard work across all areas of school life.
Rhea thanks her Mentor, Jacqueline Raphael, and Head of House, Lara Gambino, for their support and for making her time in Munro House so memorable. Her advice for future year 12 students is to make the most of the experience by taking advantage of the opportunities available and building relationships with classmates.
She plans to study Medicine or Biomedicine, potentially after taking a year off to volunteer at hospitals and clinics.
Isobel Galloway – IBDP score 44, ATAR 99.85
Isobel was a very committed member of the St Leonard’s community throughout her whole time at the College. Since joining St Leonard’s in year 1, Isobel has been involved in a range of activities including swimming squad, running club, a range of music ensembles, debating, adventure racing, sport and leadership positions. She was awarded Adventure Racing Full Colours, House Full Colours, College Full Colours, Swimming Half Colours and Touch Football Full Colours. Isobel was also presented with the Rotary Award for Citizenship, the ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award, the Jean and Charles Stoneman Award for Contribution to College Life, and the Gold Medal for Outstanding Participation and Achievement for Newman House.
Her contributions to and leadership in the College over many years were also recognised in her final year when she was appointed College Captain for 2016, a moment she recalls as one of her most memorable from her time here. “It was a very exciting, nerve wracking and humbling moment that I will never forget.”
Isobel also excelled in the classroom, receiving a General Academic Excellence award in year 10 and Academic Full Colours in years 11 and 12. Her outstanding IBDP score of 44 (ATAR 99.85) is a testament to her well-rounded abilities and hard work. Isobel thanks all of “the fantastic teachers at St Leonard’s over the years who have inspired me and helped me grow as a person.” Her advice for future year 12 students is to “find your own motivation for doing things, don’t just do them because you have to. Don’t forget to enjoy your last year at St Leonard’s College.”
Isobel plans to study undergraduate Medicine, either at Monash University or interstate.
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, and 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.
Click here to view a report on our 2015 Academic Results.