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Woodleigh School VCE Results 2020 – Celebrating Achievement Through Adversity

The graduates this school produces are different from those from other schools. In my short time at Woodleigh, I have noted the maturity, confidence, and well-adjusted nature of our senior students. They are happy to chat, look you in the eye when you’re talking and are genuinely interested in the conversation. They are articulate, passionate and informed. Certainly, they are ready to take the next step beyond school.

In 2020, our Year 12 students completed their VCE in unprecedented circumstances. Investing time and effort in isolation, while their teachers were themselves reimagining their craft to make it work in a remote setting. The year’s work done by both teachers and students was remarkable, and it fills me with pride to be able to share the news that their drive and perseverance has been rewarded. This year’s VCE results celebrate the efforts of the Class of 2020. Each of these students leaves the supportive environment we have built at Woodleigh with the requisite skills needed to succeed beyond school. As teachers, we watch as students grow into themselves, developing skills to communicate, empathise and solve problems. We see them gain in confidence and ability, and when we farewell them, we know they are taking a wide variety of real-life experiences to draw on in their lives. They leave with so much more than a list of academic achievements; they leave with an understanding that they can impact a situation, based entirely on their attitude and input. The Class of 2020 performed brilliantly. The 2020 Dux of Woodleigh School is Jussy Poyser who achieved the most impressive ATAR of 99.75. Jazzy Evenden also excelled, achieving an ATAR of 99.55, while Gretel Friedlander, Ben Myatt and Francesca Puleio must also be loudly celebrated for their efforts, each achieving an ATAR above 95.

These are outstanding results. Congratulations again to Jussy Poyser and Jazzy Evenden who received perfect study scores of 50 in English and Studio Arts respectively. We also recognise the work of Jazzy Evenden, Alfie Jacques and Shanti Russell who have all been shortlisted for the VCAA Season of Excellence Exhibitions, Jazzy and Shanti for Top Arts at the NGV, and Alfie for Top Designs at the Melbourne Museum. In 2020:

  • 8% of Woodleigh students achieved an ATAR of 95 or more.
  • 17.5% of Woodleigh students achieved an ATAR of 90 or more.
  • 47.6% of Woodleigh students achieved an ATAR of 80 or more.
  • Our median study score was 33.
  • Our median ATAR was 78.4

Woodleigh’s stories of success range from those who scored highly or received early offers to study interstate, others who transitioned into apprenticeships and traineeships and those who struggled, worked hard and completed their education against the odds. We are equally proud of them all. I wish all students from the Class of 2020 the very best for 2021 as they move on to tertiary studies and work, or for some, a well-earned gap year. All the best.   

DAVID BAKER 
Principal