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Ready for next step in life

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December 16, 2017

Top scorers: The duxes from Shepparton and Mooroopna high schools, from left, Katharine Parker (McGuire College), Mitchell Collins (Goulburn Valley Grammar School), Matthew Luvara (Mooroopna Secondary College), James Noller (Shepparton Christian College), Ashley Ryan (Shepparton High School) and Paris Pellegrino (Notre Dame College). Absent overseas: Harkirat Mann (Wanganui Park Secondary College).

Victorian Certificate of Education students across the Goulburn Valley could breathe a sigh of relief yesterday morning at 7am when they received their results.

Whether it was via the app, website or by email, thousands of Victorian students logged on yesterday to check their ATAR and subject scores.

According to the Victorian Government, a record total of 50884 students have now completed the final chapter in their school lives, obtaining their VCE, which represented a completion rate of 97.8 per cent of students.

Of these students, 3936 were awarded the VCE (Baccalaureate) — an additional form of recognition for those students who choose to undertake the demands of studying both a higher level mathematics and a language.

An additional 13110 students will receive their Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

Among the Victorians who completed their VCE this year there were 582 pairs of twins and 20 sets of triplets who got their results.

Victorian Education Minister James Merlino said those getting their results would ride a rollercoaster of emotions but he hoped they were proud of everything they’d achieved during the past 13 years of schooling.

‘‘Completing VCE requires determination and hard work and I congratulate all students on this occasion,’’ he said.

‘‘Your ATAR is not the be all and end all — there are many pathways to success and to get to where you wish to go in life.’’

According to the Victorian Government, 14797 high-achieving students received a study score of 40 or more in at least one subject.

It was a particularly good year for Shepparton’s Notre Dame College with 18 of its VCE students receiving an ATAR score above 90.

Students who received their results yesterday will soon learn if their university applications were successful while others will look to train at TAFE, or via an apprenticeship, traineeship, employment, or take some time off for a gap year.

Domestic students have until noon on December 20 to change their university and TAFE preferences.

Students can contact the post results inquiry service, phone 1800653080 (free call).

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