Academic excellence at Wesley College
Congratulations to the Class of 2016. We are extremely proud that our students continue Wesley’s tradition of academic success, as well as achieving excellence in all areas of learning. This reflects our commitment to developing the whole child and providing a true education through the timeless principles of learning - to know, to do, to live with and to be.
In 2016, 54% of our Year 12 students studied the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), and 46% studied the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP).
Here are some highlights of their outstanding achievements:
- The Wesley combined median ATAR for VCE and IB DP was 88.15
- 43% of VCE and IB DP students achieved an ATAR of 90.00 or above
- The percentage of 40+ (or equivalent) study scores for VCE and IB DP was 34%
- The IB DP median ATAR was 94.60
- 4 IB DP students achieved the highest possible ATAR of 99.95 and a perfect score of 45
These students are: Jemima Montag, Cameron Pollaers, Ronlee Korren and Jadene Yip
- 21 Wesley IB DP and VCE students scored in the top 1% of Australia, achieving an ATAR greater than 99.00
- 188 perfect study/subject scores were attained across the combined VCE and IB DP cohort
- 98% of VCE and IB DP students received a First Round Tertiary offer
2016 Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)
Many of our Year 12 students have received their first choice university offers from Melbourne’s top universities. With nearly 60% of our students attending the University of Melbourne and Monash University this reflects the high academic standard of teaching and learning at the College.
Fields of study
The class of 2016 graduating students are pursuing a diverse range of fields, reflecting their unique talents, interests and capabilities.
Jemima Montag, IB DP 45, ATAR 99.95
Jemima studied Geography, English, Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Spanish.
A Wesley education isn't just academic. It is such a well-rounded, inspiring experience. All of the opportunities on offer build upon each other to create these incredible students who have the skills and open minds to launch themselves into whichever pathway they desire.”
Over my 13 years at Wesley, the co-curricular aspects were certainly a highlight. I absolutely loved the music program from a young age, especially being a part of Big Band and leading the Senior Symphonic Wind Ensemble in 2016. I had a wonderful journey with Wesley Athletics and Cross Country, being the captain of Cross Country in Year 12, where we won the premiership for the 5th year in a row in both sports.
I know I want to help others whether through medical research or human rights, and I’d love to go as far as I possibly can with my athletics career, transitioning into the 20km distances later on this year to have a shot at qualifying for the up and coming Commonwealth Games in Australia or the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Cameron Pollaers, IB DP, ATAR 99.95
Cameron studied Maths, Spanish, Chemistry, Geography, Economics and English.
In Year 12 I pushed myself to stay engaged in all the co-curricular elements that interested me. This included music, drama, sport, debating and publications to name a few. What was most interesting for me was that not only did these activities stimulate and interest me, but in almost all cases somehow linked to the work I was doing within class.
I hope to study law and pursue international diplomacy and human rights law. The current plan is to achieve this in the UK at one of their highly regarded law schools however I am evaluating all my prospective options.
Isabella Bembic, IB DP, ATAR 98.90
Isabella studied Psychology, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Japanese
Rowing, cross country running, the Little Shop of Horrors musical and being the Powell house prefect were the highlights of my Senior School experience. I really had to manage my time and workload to be consistent with my studies throughout the two years and starting tasks early to fit in time for other activities was the key! I had lots of support and innumerable appointments with teachers who were extremely helpful coming up to exams and I also had my Mum proofread every single assignment.
I have made amazing friends at Wesley who will stay with me. Also, the work ethic I have obtained not only from doing IB, but completing sports like rowing, will be a great help when I commence Biomedicine and Science at University.
Michael Simpson, VCE, ATAR 99.10
Michael's subjects included Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths Methods and English.
I have been at Wesley since Year 7 and have really enjoyed science, and the opportunities to get involved in science projects, in class and out. I achieved a High Distinction in the Rio Tinto Big Science Competition, as well as the Australian Science and History competition.
I played a lot of tennis at school and managed my work load by working hard, spending less time on social media and getting enough sleep. I give a lot of credit to my Mum who I relied on for support. Now I plan to study biomedicine at The University of Melbourne next year, and then pursue a degree in medicine.
James Allan, VCE, ATAR 99.05
James studied Specialist Maths, Maths Methods, Chemistry, Physics, English, and University Maths through the University of Melbourne Extension Program.
I will study for a Bachelor of Science at The University of Melbourne.
What will stay with me from my time at Wesley is the close friendships formed and the amount of support from everyone. It was great to be involved in music – I chose the piano, which was a nice balance to the academic study.
Kitty Liang, VCE, ATAR 97.80
Kitty studied English and Japanese as Additional Languages, Chemistry, Maths Methods and Specialist Maths.
I plan to study Biomedicine or Pharmaceutical Science at University and to continue learning Japanese. My highlights were the interactions with friends and teachers, house activities and school events. When I was struggling to stay focussed on my studies I would recognise that I have too much on my plate. Then it would be time for some social outing or exercises. I really relied on the support I got from daily phone calls with my family, appointments with teachers where I sought help, and meetings with the student counsellor Ms Laing at Wesley College. Ms Liang provided me with a lot of professional suggestions on decompression, time management and self-cognition.”