By Danielle Kutchel
Nine students from Haileybury College’s Keysborough campus have been recognised for their outstanding academic achievements in the annual Premier’s VCE Awards.
The high-achievers include:
Lachlan Alonso for Top All-Round VCE High Achiever
Samyak Shah for Top All-Round VCE High Achiever, Accounting and English
Jessica Vereker for Top All-Round VCE High Achiever
Sahil Nandra for Top All-Round VCE High Achiever
Harrison Hood for Further Mathematics (NHT)Jonathan Coman for Australian History
Somya Nandra for English
Thomas Vulcan for Theatre Studies
Jake Webb for Further Mathematics (NHT)
A further eight students from the school’s Berwick campus also received the prestigious accolade.
The Study Awards in each subject recognise the best performers in those subjects, while the Top All-Round VCE High Achiever awards recognise students who achieve study scores of 46 or higher in at least five VCE subjects.
Derek Scott, CEO and principal, said the school was proud of its students’ achievements.
“This is an outstanding achievement by the students and their brilliant teachers,” he said.
“The Class of 2019 have produced the best VCE results in Haileybury’s history. These results are a testament to our student’s hard work and the tireless commitment of our teachers to ensure all our students are given the opportunity to reach their potential.”
Pamela Chamberlain, senior vice principal (student welfare) and head of senior schools at Haileybury, congratulated the students on their hard work and commitment.
“We all know it’s not easy to maintain the consistency of effort that is required to achieve at this level,” Ms Chamberlain said.
She attributed the success of the students to their “hard work and consistent effort”, and to the expertise and passion of Haileybury’s teachers.
“Any real measure of success is to know that we have all done as much as we can do in any field of endeavour,” she said.
High-achiever Sahil Nandra said he was “pleasantly surprised” to receive his award.
He attributed his success in part to his “extremely dedicated” teachers.
“They were available at all hours to answer my questions or read through my essays and readily provided me with extra resources.
“I also found that engaging in sports and extra-curricular activities was an important outlet throughout my year 12,” he said.
Now studying medicine at Monash University, Sahil also hopes to engage in leadership and community service in the future.
He’s had to adapt to remote learning at university, but said while it was initially challenging, the faculty has been helpful and peer support programs have helped him to integrate into the new learning environment.