Lauriston Girls School
Our Class of 2021’s Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and International Baccalaureate (IB) excellent results demonstrate an optimism and resilience that has enabled them to thrive despite another year dominated by the challenges of lockdowns and online learning. Enabled by strong peer support and our teachers and tutors, every student was provided with the opportunity for strong academic achievement through excellent teaching practice and an authentic desire to support them to ensure their success.
The progress of students is tracked from the Junior School using NAPLAN and other performance measures to ensure we’re able to supply individual growth.
Lauriston’s Principal Susan Just said that alongside our academic focus, Lauriston also places emphasis on enabling each girl to achieve across a range of activities from sport to leadership, community service and in the Arts.
“Being an all-girls learning environment, a Lauriston girl has a rare opportunity to learn skills and freely discover the aptitudes and passions that will prepare her for life beyond school. This is why we say Lauriston is for life. There is nothing holding our girls back.”
In 2021 we had approximately a third of the students studying IB and two thirds VCE which produced a combined VCE and IB median ATAR of 95.2.
Our Class of 2021 IB median score was 40 which translates to a median ATAR of 97.9. Reflective of this outstanding result, 41% of Lauriston IB students received scores of 42 (equivalent ATAR of 99.1) or above, which places them in the top 1% of the state. 91% achieved a result of 34 (equivalent ATAR of 90) or above, which places them in the top 10% of the state.
In 2021, 49% of the combined higher and standard level subject scores were a perfect seven with a range of subjects from LOTE, Humanities, Mathematics, Science and Visual Arts being at the centre of this success.
Principal Susan Just said that she was thrilled with and extremely proud of the efforts that went into achieving these stellar results.
With almost 60% of our students achieving an ATAR over 90, ranking them in the top 10% of the state, and 21% achieving an ATAR over 98, ranking them in the top 2%, our VCE results highlight the strength and breadth of our programs, our focus on every student’s learning, the expertise and unwavering support of our teachers, and the dedication and camaraderie of our girls.
Exceptional scores were achieved across the entire Year 12 cohort with a median ATAR of 91.7. Five students received ATARs of 99 and above. Seven students scored perfect study scores of 50 with top performances coming from English, Business Management, History, Literature, Media, PE, Physics, Studio Arts and Visual Communications.
“The results of the Class of 2021 are terrific and reflect the commitment of our girls and the quality of our education, but as a forward-thinking school, we are more than just marks. We do our utmost to ensure that our girls graduate with a depth of character only a willingness to try new things can create. Lauriston helps build this strength – from the inside out – through the excellence of our teachers and the diversity and depth of our program,” said Principal, Susan Just.
When our 2021 co-captain Amelie received her results, she was “beyond surprised” with her perfect score. “I wasn’t expecting it, it still hasn’t sunk in!” She cited the close knit IB cohort and 110% support of her teachers as helping to achieve her stunning result.
In 2021 Amelie received Academic Distinctions for excellence in IB Biology, Theory of Knowledge and a General Excellence Award.
An accomplished public speaker, Amelie participated in the DAV Debating competition, receiving two Debating badges. She also participated in the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award, the Rotary Club of Richmond-Ainger Public Speaking Award and the DAV Public Speaking Competition.
She also pursued her interest in sport, participating in House Track and Field, Swimming, Diving, Cross Country, Volleyball, Tennis, Softball and Netball and represented Lauriston in Indoor Cricket and Volleyball.
Her interests in the School and broader community saw her become a leader for the Amnesty International School group, a Student Representative Council member and a Peer Support leader for Year 7s. Amelie participated in the Local and Global Issues committee, the GirlUp Club and volunteering for Kids in Philanthropy.
As co-captain during 2021, Amelie establishing herself as a positive leader.
Proud, happy and relieved were the emotions felt by IB Dux Claudia Wong, who scored a perfect 45 (equivalent to an ATAR of 99.95). With English her favourite subject, Claudia demonstrates a huge breadth of interests for her further study, with University preferences in Science, Design, IT, Arts and Journalism keeping her options open.
In 2021, Claudia achieved an Academic Distinction for IB English A Literature, the Hiller Family Award for Literature and an IB General Excellence Award.
Only joining the Lauriston community in 2020, the COVID 19 Pandemic resulted in Claudia spending a long period of time in remote learning. However, despite this setback participated in Cross Country and Swimming for her House, and was a member of the creative team for House Drama in 2021. Claudia has participated in the GirlUp Club demonstrating her interest in community issues.
Looking to pursue further studies in Mathematics, at Melbourne or Oxford University, Belinda commented “I love Mathematics because I think it’s really interesting way to explore the world and it’s really fun to do.”
In 2021 Belinda received Academic Distinctions for excellence in VCE English as an Additional Language, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Chemistry, and was awarded her VCE with Lauriston Honours and VCE General Excellence Award.
She also achieved a Distinction and a High Distinction in the Australian Mathematics Competition, a Distinction in the ICAS Science Competition, a Credit in the Big Science Competition, a High Distinction in the Australian Science Olympiads for Physics, and a sliver medal in the Australian Olympiads for Chemistry. Belinda was offered a place at the Harry Messel International Science School and won a merit prize in the Oxford University Computing Challenge.
Not exclusively seeking academic excellence, Belinda has actively participated in Lauriston’s co-curricular programs representing Lauriston in Cross Country, Tennis, Basketball, Soccer and Volleyball. Throughout her time at Lauriston, she has been involved in Drama, Debating, Coding and was a member of the Student Representative Council.
Each year the Lauriston co-captains choose a theme to guide their focus throughout the year. This year Megan Ho and Amelie Graham chose the theme ‘bounce back’ – not knowing that they would experience another year which would test the girls’ emotional resilience. Here is their reflection of the year.