Ballarat Grammar students set to follow their passions

Congratulations to the Ballarat Grammar Class of 2018 on your VCE success!

Some of the highlights:
– Kimia Mohammadsaeedi achieved a perfect ATAR of 99.95
– Perfect study scores across a breadth of subject areas
– 20 students with ATARs of 95 and above

Grammar students set to follow their passions

Ballarat Grammar student Kimia Mohammadsaeedi was shocked, then thrilled when she found out she had achieved a 99.95 ATAR score for her VCE studies, the highest possible score in the state.

Kimia achieved the highest score in the Ballarat area, and has been offered a Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship to study her preferred course of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. The coveted scholarships covers the cost of students’ tuition for the duration of their undergraduate course and also provides students a $5000 yearly allowance to go towards living costs. Kimia is justifiably proud of her achievements, explaining “I have been encouraged to undertake a well-rounded approach in my desire to succeed, which has spurred me to reflect on my character strengths and ensure that I maintain a balance in my academic, social and personal life. I would certainly credit my growth to our school’s focus on mental wellbeing from a young age, which alleviates the perpetual stresses of academia and ensures optimism in the pursuit of future endeavours.”

Across the board, Ballarat Grammar students were proud of their results in 2018, with the whole cohort achieving strong success. Micah Poole was another of Grammar’s highest achievers, and was pleased with his ATAR, but also pointed out that the School had prepared him for whatever was to come. “It is a giant leap between high school and whatever comes after it,” he said, “but Grammar has been there to support us as these major decisions have been made. Grammar also has a great ethos of teaching skills that aren’t traditionally taught in the classroom, developing students’ life skills such as critical thinking, leadership, and teamwork in a supportive environment, preparing us well for the somewhat-daunting prospect of ‘life after school,’” Micah said.

Caitlin Grieve has been offered a Future Leaders’ Scholarship for study at Lincoln University in New Zealand.  Caitlin plans to study Agricultural Science, and recently visited the university as part of their ‘Land the Trip’ experience. “Discovering so many opportunities in agriculture that extend beyond traditional farming was a great reassurance. Science, like agriculture, is crucial in supporting a nation, and as both are universal, it’s reassuring to know that my passion for agriculture and science can take me anywhere, beyond farms and laboratories, perhaps even to journalism and politics,” she said.

Hannah Simpson was thrilled to receive an early offer to study Medicine at University of Tasmania, and based on her excellent ATAR score, is likely to receive further offers elsewhere. Hannah’s successful application contained all the service experiences she had undertaken at Grammar, as well as medical work experience in remote areas of Australia.

Riley McGregor completed his VCE at the same time as starting a School-Based Apprenticeship (SBA), and has recently been offered to continue that apprenticeship next year. He is one of five students beginning an SBA at Grammar who have each been offered placements in their desired fields, such as electrical, automotive and agriculture. In addition to this, Grammar students undertaking Vocational Education & Training and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning feel well-prepared to step out into the world having developed their work skills and experience.

Some other fantastic examples of Grammar students following their passions:
  • Nick Gilbert discovered a strong interest in fashion design while at the School, winning awards such as at the Fashion Awards Australia and the Student of the Year Award from the Whitehouse Institute of Design for his thought-provoking work. Nick has been accepted to study at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London in 2019.
  • Lauren Butler has managed to combine a busy year of music and football, captaining the Greater Western Victorian Rebels and playing for the AFLW Western Bulldogs as well as the Vic Country teams, and achieving a strong ATAR in the top 10% of the cohort. Lauren is planning a gap year of focusing on her football among other things, with a future application to a degree in sports physiotherapy potentially on the cards.
  • Ashley Tobias was a boarder at Grammar from Horsham and was appointed to the prestigious leadership position of School Vice-Captain and Guardian in 2018, an exemplary role model to the community at large. Ashley was heavily involved in a range of sports at school, at regional and state levels, and has particularly excelled in netball. Ashley was a member of the Senior Girls’ Netball team this year who represented the School at the State Championships and won the overall tournament. Her professional interests lie in the field of Medical Science which she hopes to pursue at Monash University.

We are proud of all our Year 12s from the Class of 2018 and the way we help our students select the best pathway for their aspirations, then support them to achieve success in their learning and develop into fine young people.  Well done Ballarat Grammar Class of 2018!