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Congratulations to our Year 12 Leavers!

Date

15 January 2021

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Penrhos College

Category

Academic, School Announcements

I am delighted to share with you the academic success of our 2020 Year 12 students, along with our ranking on the state ATAR League table.

2020 was quite remarkable in terms of disruption, change and significant achievement at Penrhos College.

The academic accomplishments of our Year 12s were the result of incredible commitment to achieving their academic ‘personal best’ throughout their senior secondary years of schooling, especially in what was an extremely challenging Year 12. The foundations to the students’ learning are established from the very beginning and we are thankful to all who have directly or indirectly influenced these outcomes. Our academic staff worked extremely hard with the students both in and out of class, as teachers and mentors, to enable the girls to achieve to the very best of their potential.

We know that our community – parents, staff and students – holds high expectations and we particularly acknowledge the support of the Year 12 parents in contributing to these excellent results.

Each year, we aim to achieve consistency in our ATAR results, and I am pleased to report this was once again the case in 2020. We are enormously proud of our students’ performance in the context of the fullness of their school life; our Year 12s set an excellent standard during the year through their involvement in the myriad of co-curricular activities on offer, their outstanding community service and their efforts in raising much-needed funds in our ‘For Others’ program. Our Year 12s wholeheartedly embraced our educational philosophy of the whole person paradigm across mind, heart, body and spirit, and visibly and tangibly demonstrated the values of our College.

I would like to provide you with a snapshot of the academic accomplishments of our 2020 Year 12 cohort:

  • Penrhos ranked fourth on the state ATAR League table and was the second highest performing girls’ school.
  • Of the 135 Year 12 students eligible, 100% achieved the West Australian Certificate of Education (Graduation); 116 students studied the ATAR Pathway and 19 students studied the Vocational Education & Training Pathway. Penrhos was one of just seventeen schools across the State to achieve 100% WACE achievement.
  • We achieved 100% graduation of our Vocational and Educational Training (VET) students all of whom successfully completed at least one Certificate II or higher
  • We achieved a Median ATAR for 2020 of 90.65, compared to the state mean of 81.65.
  • In terms of SCSA individual awards;
  • One student was awarded a General Exhibition
  • Two students were awarded a Subject Certificate of Excellence: English
  • One student was awarded a Subject Certificate of Excellence: Modern History
  • One student was awarded a Subject Certificate of Excellence: Physical Education Studies
  • 20 students were awarded a Certificate of Distinction
  • 27 students were awarded a Certificate of Merit
  • The following courses were in the highest performing courses in the state based on the percentage of students at each school who had Year 12 ATAR course combined scores in the top 15 per cent of all students in that course in the state.
o   Accounting & Finance
o   Biology
o   English
o   Food Science & Technology
o   Italian Second Language
o   Mathematics Specialist
o   Modern History
o   Physical Education Studies

 

The following data also illustrates the performance of the Year 12 students with an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) who applied for university entrance. This data is sourced from the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) 2021 University Admissions Qualification Register.

 

ATAR* Number of students
Achieved 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
95.00+ 30 22 (21%) 35 (25%) 37 (31%) 47 (38%) 45 (31%) 25 (26%) 34
(25%)
(26%)
90.00-94.99 29 22 (21%) 25 (18%) 27 (23%) 24 (20%) 21 (15%) 19 (20%) 27
(20%)
(25%)
80.00-89.99 27 24 (23%) 43 (13%) 28 (24%) 27 (22%) 43 (30%) 26 (27%) 40
(29%)
(23.3%)
70.00-79.99 15 20 (19%) 23 (17%) 16 (13%) 16 (13%) 19 (13%) 14 (15%) 17
(12.5%)
(12.9%)
60.00-69.99 10 8
(8%)
7
(5%)
4
(3%)
6
(5%)
10 (7%) 11 (11%) 13
(9.5%)
(8.5%)
Below 60 5
(4.3%)
7
(7%)
5
(4%)
7
(6%)
3
(2%)
5
(4%)
1
(1%)
5
(4%)

 

*ATAR – every student sitting the ATAR Examinations is awarded a ranking; the students achieving the highest score being awarded a ranking of 99.95.

 

2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
School Median ATAR 90.65 88.30 88.20 91.20 92.65 88.5 88.90
State Median ATAR 81.65 81.00 81.80 81.40 80.85 78.95 79.00

 

We continue to place a strong emphasis on quality of teaching and learning, together with the assessment and moderation of our programs, particularly in Years 11 and 12. Our goal is always to improve the performance of all of our Year 12 students, whether taking the ATAR or Vocational and Education Training Pathway. We provide all Year 10 students with carefully considered course selection advice; however, we have never denied a student the opportunity to pursue either the ATAR or VET Pathway, should that be her choice. In 2021, we will continue to review the delivery of our teaching, learning, assessment and reporting procedures to ensure the best possible outcome for our students, across all year groups, in Junior and Secondary Schools.

Kind regards
Rob Taylor
Dean of Academic Administration
Penrhos College