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2018 VCE Results

Our best VCE results in over 10 years — congratulations to the De La Salle Class of 2018!

I am thrilled to announce this year’s Year 12 students have achieved extraordinary results, producing the best VCE results in recent history and quite possibly ever in the VCE era. The most noteworthy statistic is the significant improvement in all the key data:

- The Median Study Score for 2018 is 32, up from 30 last year and 29 in 2016. To leap three places in two years is indeed momentous. 
- The percentage of Study Scores 40 and above is 7.22%, up from 6.43% last year and 5.3% in 2016. 
- Median ATAR is 73.15, up from 67.60 last year and 64.18 in 2016. 
- The percentage of students with ATARs in the 70–99.96 range is 57.62%, a dramatic increase from 45.86% in 2017.

While there is an impressive range of superb individual results, with many students doing exceptionally well, the unprecedented high standard they have set as a cohort is most noteworthy. Congratulations and thank you to all the Unit 3 and Unit 4 teachers who invested so much time, effort and expertise in teaching, mentoring and advising each and every student in their care. With the state median for all subjects being 30, we have so many with median Study Scores in the 34 – 38 range, figures which sit at the very top of the scale when compared with any of Victoria’s highest performing schools. As all but nine of our students take Unit 3 and Unit 4 English, to increase the median score to 33 is a brilliant outcome.

The overall improvement in 2018 is testament to the targeted approach and diligent attention to detail evident among the students and the positive relationships our teachers enjoy with our young men. As ever, the organised and intrinsically motivated performed at the highest standard.

However, the real difference in the improved results comes in the middle and lower band of the scores. While the top end has certainly improved, an overall increase relies on all students stepping up. The marked difference in the performance of students at all levels has removed the “tail” of lower scores.

I am so proud of all our young men; of course, the most able and diligent but perhaps even more so of those with lesser gifts who strove for personal success and maximised their results through sheer devotion to the task.

Congratulations to 2018 College Dux Harrison Cook, who achieved an outstanding ATAR of 98.25. Harrison’s extraordinary results in six diverse and very challenging Unit 3 & 4 studies are the result of a disciplined, organised approach, a dedication to maximising his potential and a willingness to work closely with teachers and peers. Harrison’s results in his six subjects – attaining scores in the 40s for four of them – set a tremendous example for other De La Salle students.

Biology (2017) — 40
Chemistry — 48
English — 47
Languages: French — 31
Maths: Mathematical Methods — 35
Psychology — 41

Harrison is also the recipient of a $5,000 scholarship at the University of Melbourne where he will be studying Biomedicine. 

Congratulations again to all our Year 12 students and teachers on this tremendous achievement for 2018. I wish you all a safe, happy and holy Christmas and a restful break.

Mr Peter Houlihan
Principal

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