At the beginning of the school year, the Mercedes College community acknowledged the exemplary achievements of our graduating students of 2016. Our Excellence Assembly on Wednesday 1 February, had as its special guest The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor, Lisa Scaffidi, who spoke to the students about the pursuit of excellence and acknowledging the pursuit of a 'personal best'.
Forty students from the Graduating Class of 2016 attended the assembly. These students had been awarded certificates from the School Curriculum and Standards Authority and who had achieved high ATAR scores.
Of particular note was the achievement of Grace Hughes, achieving the highest ATAR of 99.25. Grace was offered an Assured Pathway to Dentistry at UWA. Twenty one other students achieved an ATAR above 95.
2016 was the first year of the new awards scheme set by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority. As a result, Mercedes College was awarded a total of 56 awards. Isabella Rossaro was awarded the Subject Exhibition for Design, demonstrating she achieved the highest exam result of all students in the State for that course.
Certificates of Excellence were awarded to Josephine Volk (English) and Kate Hewitson (Mathematics Applied) signifying they were placed in the top 0.5% of the State.
A Certificate of Merit or Certificate of Distinction is awarded to each eligible student who, in their last three consecutive years of senior secondary WACE enrolment, achieved 150-189 points and 190-200 points respectively. Twenty eight students received a Certificate of Merit, and twenty seven students received a Certificate of Distinction.
Principal, Kerrie Fraser spoke about the solid application of study undertaken by the students, all of whom followed their goals to ensure they were offered places at their universities of choice. These students also demonstrated a willingness to participate in the diverse co-curricular programs.