Class of 2021 Stories

At Lauriston Girls’ School we focus on creating confident and capable young women who are ready to make in difference in the world, whatever their skills or passions.

Following are examples of some of the many Class of 2021 IB and VCE students who demonstrated their commitment to their studies in their chosen fields and made significant contributions to the various aspects of the school and community life.

IB stories

Olivia Bisko - Highest all-round achievement

Besides being a Prefect and receiving Academic Distinctions in 2021 for excellence in IB History, Mathematics, Theory of Knowledge and an IB General Excellence Award plus an excellent final mark, Oliva engaged fully in the extra-curricular programs on offer during her time at Lauriston. This earned her the OLA Outstanding Citizenship Award in 2020 and the Queen’s Cup, Lauriston’s highest all-rounder award, in 2021. Olivia that she felt that the extra-curricular activity really complemented her study, giving her space to de-stress and to connect with other students.

“I started Lauriston in Kindergarten, so I guess it became part of my DNA to get involved. I especially appreciated the running and cross country, which was a skill I am grateful to have developed at Howqua,” she said.

Olivia also said that the strong relationships built in her IB cohort ensured that they motivated each other and took time to study together to enhance their learning.

“I think Howqua was a turning point in highlighting the benefit of everyone’s individual differences and each person’s value,” she said.

“I also loved my French exchange which to me was a mini-Howqua, and it really inspired me to try to study in France”.

Next year Olivia plans to studying General Science at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Sophie, Georgina and Jasmine - All-round Achievement

Sophie Cameron - All-round achievement

During her time at Lauriston, Angela was awarded academic distinctions in Music, Economics, Chemistry, History and IB Mathematics HL, IB English A Literature, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Economics, and received an IB General Excellence Award. She received a Prize for the Australian Mathematics Competition, a Credit in the Big Science Competition and High Distinctions for Chemistry and Physics in the Australian Science Olympiads. She also received a merit certificate for the Oxford University Computing Challenge. She has previously been the recipient of the Lynch Prize for MS Mathematics in 2019, completed a University of Melbourne Extension program in Mathematics and was invited to participate in the Economics Olympiad team.

Angela is also the recipient of the Jack Michael Award for Physics, the LPA Award for Economics and the RH Street Memorial Award for Mathematics (IB).

She has contributed to sporting life representing Lauriston in Tennis, Netball, Badminton, Softball and Hockey. She also participated in the Coding Club and Making Club, was a member of the Guitar Ensemble and Lauriston Voices and offered the student voice regarding the school’s wellbeing program.

Georgina Burgees - All-round achievement

When Georgina saw her score she ran to tell her parents. “I didn’t quite believe it, so then I ran back to check it was real!”

Georgina was awarded Academic Distinctions for Drama, Music, Chinese, English, Biology, French, Humanities IB History, Mathematics and Biology and received an IB General Excellence Award. She was the recipient of the OLA Kirkhope Bursary. As a Prefect and member of the House Committee she demonstrated leadership qualities and was proactive and articulate in supporting our alumnae at Assemblies and School events which saw her receive the 2021 OLA Outstanding Citizenship Award.

Georgina participated in the Lauriston Orchestra, Lauriston Symphonic Band and the Clarinet Ensemble and received a Distinction Award for Lauriston Concert Band and Lauriston Voices for her contribution. Georgina participated in House Track and Field, Swimming, Softball and Netball and represented Lauriston in Softball, Track and Field, Rowing, and Netball. Georgina offered service to the School and broader community through participation in Youth in Philanthropy, the School Representative Council and as a Peer Support leader for Year 7 students.

Pursing her passion for the Arts, Georgie is going to study Arts/Law at ANU with plans to major in International Relations and French.

Jasmine Stern - All-round achievement

“I planned to wake up at 9am but I accidently woke up at 8am, an hour earlier! When I saw my results I was very surprised because it had been a rough year. But the support of my teachers and peer group made the difference.” 

Also a Prefect in 2021 Jasmine received academic distinctions in Science, Mathematics, Music, English, Literature, French and Physical Education and Credits in the ICAS Science Competition, the Big Science Competition and the Australian Science Olympiads for Chemistry. She also achieved a Distinction in the Australian Mathematics Competition. Jasmine was also the recipient of the Howqua Bursary and the OLA Public Speaking Award.

She participated in DAV Debating and was awarded two Debating badges. She was also a finalist in the Ainger Memorial Award for Public Speaking, the regional Final winner of the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award, a participant in the VCAA Plain English Speaking Award and Runner Up in the DAV Public Speaking Competition.

Also a talented musician, Jasmine has participated in the Lauriston Orchestra, X-Cultural Ensemble and Fusion Ensemble, Chamber Music Ensemble, Lauriston Concert Band, Lauriston Voice and Laurietta.

She participated in House Track and Field, Cross Country, Swimming, Softball, Hockey, Netball, Table Tennis, Drama and Music and represented Lauriston in Cross Country, Track and Field, Diving, Swimming, Basketball, Softball and Netball receiving her Years of Service to Lauriston Sport (Year 5-12) – Track and Field.

As a Peer Support Leader, Jasmine assisted year 7 students and she was a member of the School Amnesty Group. She was a Tutor at Friday Night School and volunteered for Kids in Philanthropy.

Jasmine is planning to take a gap year and go travelling!

Angela (Yixuan) Wang - STEM

During her time at Lauriston, Angela was awarded academic distinctions in Music, Economics, Chemistry, History and IB Mathematics HL, IB English A Literature, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Economics, and received an IB General Excellence Award. She received a Prize for the Australian Mathematics Competition, a Credit in the Big Science Competition and High Distinctions for Chemistry and Physics in the Australian Science Olympiads. She also received a merit certificate for the Oxford University Computing Challenge. She has previously been the recipient of the Lynch Prize for MS Mathematics in 2019, completed a University of Melbourne Extension program in Mathematics and was invited to participate in the Economics Olympiad team.

Angela is also the recipient of the Jack Michael Award for Physics, the LPA Award for Economics and the RH Street Memorial Award for Mathematics (IB).

She has contributed to sporting life representing Lauriston in Tennis, Netball, Badminton, Softball and Hockey. She also participated in the Coding Club and Making Club, was a member of the Guitar Ensemble and Lauriston Voices and offered the student voice regarding the school’s wellbeing program.

Lauren Bui - Music

Lauren made a valued contribution to Lauriston as the 2021 Music Captain. As a talented musician she was a member of our Lauriston Orchestra, the Lauriston Chamber Strings, Laurietta, Lauriston Voices and Anthem Choir, the Senior Strings Orchestra and the Lauriston Fusion Ensemble – receiving distinction awards for the 5-8 String Orchestra and Lauriston Voices. Lauren is the 2021 recipient of the Victorian Musical Society Award (Services to Music).

Impressively, Lauren was awarded her Associate in Music, Australia (AMusA) which is a diploma awarded by examination to outstanding candidates in the fields of musical performance and music theory by the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB).

She also achieved Academic Distinctions for Drama, Science, Music, English, Geography, French, Physical Education and Humanities.

Enthusiastically participating in House Drama, Debating, Track and Field, Cross Country, Hockey, Swimming and Softball she also represented Lauriston in Cross Country, Swimming, Rowing, Hockey, Soccer, Softball and Basketball. Lauren received her Years of Service to Lauriston Sport Award (Year 5-12) – Swimming.

In addition, Lauren supported the community through participation as a SHINE representative, the Lauriston Amnesty International Group, the Student Representative Council and Peer Support leader for Year 7 students. She has tutored for Friday Night School, and volunteered for Kids in Philanthropy.

Annie (Qifan) Sun - STEM and Geography

With a focus on STEM subjects, Annie has achieved academic distinctions for Science, Chemistry, IB Mathematics HL and Geography. She has achieved a Credit in the Australian Mathematics Competition, a Credit in the Big Science Competition, and a Credit in the Australian Science Olympiads for Chemistry. Annie was also the recipient of the Mathematics Encouragement Award and the Jane Hook Memorial Award for Science. In 2021 Annie was awarded an IB General Excellence Award. She was also the recipient of the Geography Prize, the RH Street Memorial Award for Mathematics (IB), and the Jack Michael Award for Physics.

In addition to her academic prowess, Annie contributed to her House through participation is Cross Country, Hockey and Softball and she represented the School in Cricket. She also pursued her interest in music in the X-Cultural Ensemble and the Lauriston Fusion Ensemble. She participated in DAV Debating and demonstrated her interest in world affairs through membership of the Local and Global Issues committee and achieved her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award, all demonstrating her determination and broad range of skills.

Amelie Colville - Visual Arts and Dance

In 2020 Amelie received an academic distinction for Visual Arts and was the recipient of the LAA IB Visual Arts Award. In 2021 Amelie received Academic Distinctions for excellence in IB English A Literature, French B, Mathematics, Visual Arts and Theory of Knowledge. She also received an IB General Excellence Award, the Hallenstein Award for French and the LPA Award for Theory of Knowledge.

Amelie is a talented dancer who won Best Choreographer for House Drama in 2021 and she also choreographed the dance routine for Year 12 students to perform in our highly successful 2021 Dance Festival. Amelie also participated in DAV Debating.

Amelie has engaged in House activities including Track and Field, Diving, Cross Country and Swimming. For House Drama she has also been a cast member, crew member and member of the creative team.

Her love of French has inspired her to make plans to study in France. 

Judy (Liezhen) Zhu - STEM

Judy has secured a spot with the Imperial College London in the Biological Sciences. Consistent with her STEM talents, she was awarded academic distinctions for Science, Mathematics, Biology, Geography, History, IB Chinese B, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Theory of Knowledge and an IB General Excellence Award. She also received a Credit for the Australian Mathematics Competition and completed a University of Melbourne Extension course in Biology. In 2021 she received the LPA Award for Theory of Knowledge, the Evelyn Munro Award for Biology and the Knight Family Award for Chemistry.

Judy participated in House Track and Field, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Drama and Debating. She also represented Lauriston in the Softball team, participated in DAV Debating where she received a Debating badge. She also assisted in enhancing the school’s wellbeing program and participated in the GirlUp Club which considers social issues that impact young woman around the world. Her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award further demonstrates the breadth of Judy’s skills.

Grace (Shu Xin) Ye - STEM, Languages and Visual Arts

Grace has achieved an academic distinction for IB Mathematics HL, IB Chinese A Literature, IB English B, IB Mathematics, IB Chemistry and IB Visual Arts, an IB General Excellence Award and the LPA Award for Chinese (1st Language).

Grace also contributed to her House through participation in Cross Country and as a member of the creative team for House Drama. She has been a member of the Guitar Ensemble and volunteered for Kids in Philanthropy and been a SHINE representative demonstrating her interest in wellbeing.

VCE stories

Daisy Hunter - Languages and Culture

In 2021 Daisy was awarded Academic Distinctions in VCE English, Literature, Revolutions and Chinese Language, Culture and Society and a VCE General Excellence Award. She represented the School in a range of sports from Track and Field to Hockey. 

With a keen interest in music and drama saw Daisy participate in the Schools’ choirs, the School musical and elected as House Drama Captain, winning Best Script Writer. With communication a passion, Daisy participated in Debating Association Victoria, and honed her talent in languages. 

Zara Blake - Art and Wellbeing

Zara began her journey at Lauriston in our 3-year-old Kindergarten. Culminating her journey with Lauriston in Year 12 in 2021, Zara achieved Academic Distinctions for excellence in VCE Studio Arts and VCE Visual Communication and Design. 

Zara was also the recipient of the LAA Award for Studio Art and the LAA Award for Visual Communication and Design and was an NGV Top Arts finalist, selected from a field of over 1,500 students across Victoria. As well as participating in House drama and sport, Zara was keenly involved the School’s wellbeing program, SHINE, where she offered suggestions for its continued development. She also contributed as a member of the Student Wellbeing committee.

Isabella Moffat - Mathematical Methods

In 2021 Isabella received Academic Distinctions for Literature, Mathematical Methods and Physics and a VCE General Excellence Award. She also received a Credit in the Australian Mathematics Competition. Outside of her academic achievements, Isabella made a valued contribution to the school’s co-curricular program, particularly in sport, representing Lauriston in Rowing, Swimming, Water Polo, Basketball, Triathlon and Netball. She was member of the House Committee, a cast member for House Drama and participated in Lauriston Voices and the 5-8 Strong orchestra. 

Sharon Yang - Mathematical Methods

In 2021 Sharon received an Academic Distinction for VCE Mathematical Methods. Also skilled at sport, Shuwen represented Lauriston in Tennis Volleyball, Swimming, and Basketball. Sharon’s Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award further demonstrates the breadth of her skills.

Mackenzie Hughts - Sport

Mackenzie represented Lauriston in Rowing, Track and Field, Snowsports, Basketball, Softball and Hockey. She was elected 2021 Hockey Captain, achieved her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh and was the recipient of the Higgins Medal for demonstrating a commitment to the School’s ethos.

Grace Fountain - Sport

As well as being a House Captain, Grace represented Lauriston in Track and Field, Cross Country, Rowing, Water Polo, Volleyball, Basketball, Triathlon, Hockey and Tennis for which she was awarded a distinction. She was also a member of the State 18 and Under tennis team in 2021.

Bianca Rose - Sport

Bianca was 2021’s Captain of Boats, a member of the Lauriston Eight and rowed in the Head of Schoolgirls Regatta. She also achieved the Service to Lauriston Sport Award (Year 5-12) – Rowing in 2021 and represented Lauriston in Water Polo, Hockey, Softball and Volleyball. In addition, Bianca was offered a scholarship as a rowing recruit and academic scholar to four US universities and has accepted a position to attend George Washington University in Washington DC.

Sophia Murphy - Media, Drama and Community

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Sophia has been a member of the Lauriston community since starting in 4-year-old Kindergarten. Sophia has achieved academic distinctions for Drama and Media and was the recipient of the City of Melbourne Lions Club Bursary. An all-rounder who immersed herself in Lauriston life, she was a House Captain, represented Lauriston in Rowing, Cross Country, Hockey and Volleyball and was involved in Debating and Choir. She was also a member of the Student Representative Council, volunteered for Kids in Philanthropy and has been a Friday Night School Tutor.

Victoria Li - STEM, Music and Dance

Victoria received a Distinction in the Australian Mathematics Competition, a High Distinction in the Australian Science Olympiads for Biology and a Credit in the Big Science Competition. She has been the recipient of the OLA Award for Science and an Academic Excellence Award. In 2021 she was awarded her VCE with Lauriston Honours. She also mentored a group of Year 10 girls in the Victorian Brain Bee Competition four of whom claimed first prize in the People’s Choice section in the State Final.

Victoria participated in Debating, earning a Distinction. She is also a talented musician who made a valued contribution to the Lauriston music program participating in bands, ensembles, choirs and orchestras. As a talented dancer, she provided excellent support in choreography for the 2021 House Dance Festival.

But it doesn’t stop there, Victoria’s breadth of talents saw her represent Lauriston in Swimming, Soccer, Basketball, AFL and Netball.

Zara Arnold - Commerce and Media

Zara has been a member of the Lauriston Community since 3-year-old Kindergarten. In her final year Zara was awarded Academic Distinctions for excellence in VCE English and Media and gained her VCE with Lauriston Honours. She was awarded the OLA Award for Sport and the LPA Award for Business Management. Zara’s commitment and contribution to the School community saw her elected Andrews House Captain.

Zara also participated in Debating and as both a cast member and creative team member in Drama. In School sport, Zara excelled in Track and Field, Cross Country and Swimming and was Captain of Track and Field during 2021. Zara also participated in Netball, Snowsports, Tennis, Indoor Cricket, Soccer, Basketball, AFL, Triathlon and Netball.