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The 2020 VCE results were released this morning and it is with great pleasure that I can bring you good news! Each student, their parents and teachers are to be congratulated for this year’s excellent results.

In the 2020 results, our median ATAR has risen to 81.95, the highest on record we can find. Our easy to access records go back to 2006 and the result for 2020 is the highest since then. Given the circumstances, this is superb news, a cause for celebration by students, their families, their teachers and the school community.

23.5% of our students are in the top 10% of the state with an ATAR of over 90 and 55% received an ATAR over 80, placing them in the top 20% of the state. The percentage of students with an ATAR of 80 and above is the highest in well over a decade, with easily accessed records older than a decade lacking in complete detail for each year. It may be the best result in 15 years, but at this stage, we cannot be sure. The percentage above 90 is the second highest in the same period, differing only by less than one percent from the best.

A significant 78.4% of students received an ATAR above 70, placing them in the top 30% of the state. The percentage of students with an ATAR of 70 and above is also the highest it has been since 2007.

Our median study score has also increased to 33 and 9.9% of study scores are at 40 or above. The Study Score of 33 is equal best in the last 15 years.

Last year, I wrote, Any way you look at it, Year 12 is hard work and a challenge; mentally, physically and emotionally. There is never a way around that, and we admire each and every student in the Year 12 cohort for taking on the challenge. That was before 2020 and the challenges thrown at all of us but particularly the Year 12 cohort who had finite VCE exam deadlines and COVID related remote learning. The feedback I received from their teachers and from parents, especially in Term 3, was impressive. The Year 12 class of 2020 exhibited focus, self-discipline, hard work and attention to detail. This group of young people has risen to the challenge thrown at them.

I regularly advise young people and their parents that success in the VCE program is much more closely related to hard work than talent. In 2020, this has been evidenced by these results, yet again.

I congratulate all of our 2020 Year 12s – and their families and teachers – who have put in the ‘hard yards’, many achieving their personal best; their perseverance to achieve great results ranging up to outstanding.

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Nathan Lim is our Dux of 2020 with an ATAR of 98.45.
 Nathan achieved this while carrying the responsibilities of School Captain, a role in which he continually encouraged his peers to persevere through the tribulations of 2020.

Yue (Luna) Wang received a perfect score of 50 in Music Investigation. This is a wonderful result, the outcome of a focused and determined personal best, conducted with humour and humility.

I congratulate all of our students’ teachers who are the mentors always behind their students; teaching, encouraging, nurturing, calming and maximising their learning and ability to perform at their best.

At Knox, our focus is on partnerships and collaboration between students, teachers and family to achieve our common aim of successful preparation and positioning beyond Year 12 and the school gates.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Year 12 families for the support that starts at home not only for your children, but for our school.

ATARs and Study Scores are commonly accepted measures of success. At Knox, we focus on each student attaining a ‘personal best’, a level of achievement that is both attainable and a challenge.

The positioning of each student for their next steps is an important measure of success. Through the wisdom and experience of staff such as Ms Jacky Burton, our Careers Practitioner, we have an ‘all but’ 100% placement rate for our students into their tertiary courses of choice. We expect this to occur again this year. Ms Burton has worked closely with the students over the past few years and will continue to do so today and for the next few days until deadlines occur.

The Knox School provides our students with the opportunities to develop both character and intellect, offering a wide range of academic subjects and co-curricular offerings. A successful education goes far beyond the scores gained on a numerical measure.

I wish all our students well in the next chapter of their lives, whether that be at university, other institutions or joining the work force. I am proud of all of them and I hope they look back at their time at The Knox School favourably. They are now a proud alum of 2020, a year none of us will forget, and we look forward to sharing in their future successes.

Allan Shaw

Allan Shaw is Principal and Chief Executive of The Knox School

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