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Principal celebrates resilient cohort

Published in The Ararat Advocate, Ararat's weekly newspaper published by West Vic News Pty Ltd.


MARIAN College has been extremely pleased with its year 12 cohort for achieving impressive results despite a turbulent year in education.

PHOTO: Marian College’s median study score remained at 26 despite 2020’s challenges. (Jack Ward/Ararat Advocate)

The school had a 100 per cent satisfactory VCE completion rate this year, and several students achieved ATARs in the 80s and 90s.


Principal Carmel Barker said the school has been astounded by their student’s resilience and determination to push through the constant hurdles.


“We're pleased with the results. We didn't know what they'd look like by the end of the year, but we know our kids will be okay,” she said.


“They all need to be congratulated. Some will walk away and think, what was that about? But what I'm looking at is that this has been a year that I've never seen before in my teaching history.


“It really has been a massive effort by a lot of people to try to just support them as best we can, encourage them when we didn't know what was going to happen the following week.”


Marian College had 103 students enrolled in at least one VCE unit 3-4 subject, 78 of which were in year 12, Ms Barker said.


She also congratulated the school’s 32 VCAL students and 66 students enrolled in VET, for their success.


“We’re also pleased with the students who have completed VCAL and VET subjects and have already secured work and apprenticeships. They've already been offered and that's fabulous for that success to already be coming through,” she said.


Marian College’s median study score has remained at 26, however the percentage of study scores of 40 and over was down slightly to 2.2 per cent.


“The priorities of this year were to stay safe and keep others safe and they've done that brilliantly, and that was their first priority. Around that, they then had to put their studies in,” she said.

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