In this most extraordinary of school years, the Principal and staff of Galen Catholic College congratulate all Year 12 students across the 2020 VCE and VCAL courses on their results. Our 2020 Year 12 students have done what no other Year 12 cohort has ever been asked to do: complete their final year of schooling in the midst of a global pandemic with on-again, off-again online learning and disruptions to all four school terms.
We are very pleased to announce that the Dux for 2020 is Talia McLaurin with an ATAR of 96.4 placing her in the top 4% of students in the state. Talia was closely followed by Matthew Somerville with 96.25 (also in the top 4% across the state).
We are particularly proud of the 4 Galen students achieved ATARs of 90 or above placing them in the top 10% across the state. 24 Galen students achieved Study Scores over 40 in individual subjects placing them in the top 8% of all students across the state in those subjects.
We are also pleased to announce that Galen Year 12 students have once again achieved 100% success rate in attaining their VCAL certificates.
Galen VET students also performed exceptionally well as part of their VCE and VCAL certificates.
Whilst we are naturally proud of and happy for the large number of students who have achieved high scores, we are equally pleased to report that so many students have achieved to the best of their ability and have given themselves the best possible opportunity to move onto their preferred next steps in life whether that be employment, further study or a GAP year.
Galen Principal, Bernard Neal, said that the staff and Galen community are immensely proud of the efforts of the 2020 cohort. “This group faced challenges that no other Year 12 group has ever faced with not one school term in 2020 running its full length with onsite classes. They adapted to these unique circumstances and made it through the year with courage and persistence.
“It is really important to note that we are equally proud of all students who put in their best effort regardless of their subject scores and ATARs and regardless of whether they completed their VCE or VCAL. We are proud to have played such a pivotal role in preparing these young people over their final six years of school education and especially so this year.”
Mr Neal also said, “The breadth and flexibility of opportunities available to our students through the 26 VCE subjects undertaken by Galen at school this year, along with VCAL, VET and School Based Apprenticeships, has enabled the senior students at Galen to tailor courses to suit their particular needs and interests, including the ability to combine elements of all four.
“Today’s results will enable the Galen graduates now to step forward with confidence and a sense of achievement that opens new doors into their futures. We wish all the students well on the next stage of their journey – Galen will always be here to help and advise them as needed, and to celebrate their future successes with them. We hope that they will continue to be as proud of their Galen heritage as we are of them.”
We look forward to working just as closely with our 2021 Year 12 cohort over the coming twelve months and helping them achieve their goals in spite of any challenges that might come our way or their way.