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2017 VCE and ATAR success

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The congratulations of all in the Scotch community go to the boys of the Class of 2017 for outstanding VCE and ATAR results that open doors of opportunity and further advance aspirations. Scotch embraces the pursuit of academic rigour knowing it the key to unravelling the most stubborn of conundrums, articulating ideas and effecting endeavour. We are, however, acutely aware that future prosperity and harmony is built on qualities far harder to list in rank order across the state.

With grace, good humour and growing resonance of voice, those of the Class of 2017 have considered, questioned and sought to enhance the Scotch experience for all. Whether welcoming visitors from Tiwi College into their lives, giving their all as a member of a team, orchestra, band, company or crew, or designing, manufacturing and donating a music therapy table to a local hospital, they have shown the empathy, purpose and enterprise to identify, and conjure solutions to, the challenges and opportunities of their age.

Whilst the tables below provide analysis of their results, the true magnitude of the success of the boys, their teachers and their families, lies in each boy’s journey across the broad canvas of our School and the rich diversity emanating from our non-selective entry. Over the course of their Scotch years, the Class of 2017 have convinced that they will do their bit, do it well and do it to the best of their abilities.

Such confidence is testament to the care, skill and commitment of many, and my thanks and congratulations go to all involved: boys, members of staff and parents.

To the Class of 2017, you have been an outstanding group of young men. It has been a privilege to share this stage of your journey, and I thank you for all you have given to your School. You have sought to shape Scotch to your world, just as you should. In promoting the inherent value of each of your fellow Scotchies and committing to building something better for those to follow, you have advanced the values and principles of our foundation. What you now do defines what we have done, so, when the time is right, come back, fill in the gaps and share your stories: we want to know what you make of it all.

  • Letian (Tony) Jiang, Zi Feng (Tian Tian) Lan, Jerry Luo, Oliver McLeish, Dissanayake (Gehan) Premaratne, Zi Xuan (Daniel) Qin, Angus Ritchie and William M Sutherland scored the maximum possible ATAR of 99.95, and are, therefore, the duces of Scotch College for 2017
  • Nine boys (3.6% of the cohort) obtained an ATAR of 99.90 or more (top 0.1% in the population)
  • 20 boys (8.1% of the cohort) obtained an ATAR of 99.50 or more (top 0.5% in the population)
  • 31 boys (12.5% of the cohort) obtained an ATAR of 99.00 or more (top 1% in the population)
  • 55 boys (22.2% of the cohort) obtained an ATAR of 98 or more (top 2% in the population)
  • 82 boys (33.1% of the cohort) obtained an ATAR of 95 or more (top 5% in the population)
  • 125 boys (50.4% of the cohort) obtained an ATAR of 90 or more (top 10% in the population)
  • 189 boys (76.2% of the cohort) obtained an ATAR of 80 or more (top 20% in the population)
  • The median ATAR is 90.38
  • Measures of ‘value add’, comparing ability testing data from earlier years and ATARs, indicate a very strong performance from this cohort

(Note: the population referred to in the ATAR statistics above is the population of the State-wide Year 7 cohort from 2012, including those students who moved or left school before Year 12.)

  • There were 17 ‘perfect’ scores of 50 across nine subjects.
  • 12 Year 12 boys obtained scores of 50, including: Edward Buckland (Physics), Adam Ho (Further Mathematics), Peter Ho (English), Letian (Tony) Jiang (English EAL and Specialist Mathematics), Zi Feng (Tian Tian ) Lan (English and Literature), Jerry Luo (Literature), Thomas Macky (English), Dissanayake (Gehan) Premaratne (English), Zi Xuan (Daniel) Qin (English Language), Angus Ritchie (French), William M Sutherland (French) and Han Chen (Kevin) Zhang (English)
  • Three Year 11 boys obtained scores of 50: Christopher Chamberlain (Mathematical Methods), Ziang Wei (Mathematical Methods), Joshua Zhi Hao Yong (Mathematical Methods)

Tom Batty


Principal Mr Tom Batty, Head of Selby Smith House, Mr John Murphy, Head of Davidson House, Mr Steve Holding, Head of Bond House, Mr David Skelt, Head of Fleming House, Mr Steve De Domenico, and Head of Forbes House, Ms Alice Cook celebrate the achievements of Jerry Luo, Daniel Qin, William M Sutherland, Angus Ritchie, Oliver McLeish, Tony Jiang, Gehan Premaratne, and Tian Tian Lan scoring the maximum ATAR of 99.95, and being appointed duces for 2017.