Woodleigh School VCE Results 2017 – Congratulations All!

The Woodleigh School Class of 2017 are to be congratulated on their wonderful achievements throughout this year. As Principal, I have been thrilled to watch the way they have worked; maximizing their talents and making the most of the opportunities our School affords its’ students.

As a group, the Class of 2017 have performed incredibly well and they are now well set to follow their chosen, post Woodleigh paths. In 2017:

  • 11.5% of Woodleigh students achieved an ATAR of 95 or more.
  • 23% of Woodleigh students achieved an ATAR of 90 or more.
  • 42.5% of Woodleigh students achieved an ATAR of 80 or more.
  • And 92% of Woodleigh students achieved an ATAR of 50 or more placing them in the top half of the state.

Every student from the Class of 2017 has undertaken a broad range of learning experiences beyond core academia and as a result, leave Woodleigh ready for life. Our efforts throughout the fifteen years of tuition are focused on so much more than what the lens of an ATAR reflects. Our stories of success have never been limited to those who achieve top academic scores, and each year I remind students that an ATAR does not define them as a person. More important to us is the individual growth, the new-found talents, personal bests and the strong sense of self that comes from a Woodleigh education.

LtoR: Jonathan Walter with Alex Ferguson and Anna Van Vliet.

Persistence and consistent application has produced a large number of personal bests, with students achieving results beyond expectations, some against significant personal odds. As a School, we are proud of them all.

This year I am delighted to announce Alex Ferguson as Dux of Woodleigh School for 2017. Alex’s ATAR of 99.65 caps off his outstanding career at Woodleigh School – one that started in 2003 in our Minimbah Campus’ 3-Year-Old ECC program. Throughout his time at the school, Alex’s contribution to the life of Woodleigh has existed well beyond the realms of Academia. His contributions to social justice programs such as the Oaktree Foundation’s Live Below the Line appeal, as well as to the musical and theatrical life of the school, have been phenomenal. He has also excelled academically and can count a perfect study score of 50 in English among his many individual achievements.

Woodleigh Prize winner and VCAA VCE Leadership Award Finalist Anna Van Vliet also achieved an ATAR of more than 99, capping off a year for which she can be hugely proud. I would also like to acknowledge Max Wiggins, Katie Lee, Felix Friedlander, Sean Parker, Ashley Scott, Chelsea Gardner, Ryan Taylor and Ed Wiggins who all achieved scores over 95. Chelsea Gardner and Ashley Scott also both achieved perfect study scores of 50 in Business Management, as did Max Wiggins in History and Alex who excelled with a 50 in English.

Each year Woodleigh School farewells a group of well-rounded, articulate, mature young adults who have developed the confidence and skills necessary to find their way and succeed, whatever their interest or inclination for the future. The investments made by our students, in time and effort, are massive. The work our teachers do, is remarkable. It is most gratifying as their Principal, to see this determination and diligence rewarded.

As a community, we wish all students from the Class of 2017 the very best as they head off to University, TAFE, work, travel and service programs abroad. Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year,

Jonathan Walter – Principal