The schools that aced English and maths methods in VCE

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Which VCE subjects does your school excel at? Do students tend to achieve outstanding study scores in English, maths, humanities or science units?

You can find out with The Age’s online interactive, which features the names of the top performing VCE students – those who received study scores of 40 or more in an individual subject. iFrameResize({checkOrigin:false},’#vce-honour-roll’); var frame = document.getElementById(“vce-honour-roll”);

You can either search the results by student name or by school. The maximum study score a student can receive is 50, and achieving a score of 40 or above places a student in the top 10 per cent in the state.

Of the 50,884 students who completed their VCE studies, about one in three (14,797) achieved a study score of 40 or above in at least one subject. However, not every high achiever can be found in the interactive – about 10 per cent of year 12s declined to have their scores published. English mastery

St Kevin’s College begins preparing students for the VCE English exam when they are just 12.

In year 7, they start sitting English exams and spend one period a week reading in the library. By year 12, they are completing one essay every fortnight in preparation for the gruelling three-hour test.

It’s an approach that has paid off.

Almost half of its year 12 class received an outstanding study score in VCE English.

Its students achieved 116 study scores of 40 or above in VCE English, the highest number in the state.

St Kevin’s director of studies Gary Jones, who also teaches VCE English, said the Toorak independent school placed a lot of emphasis on the subject.

“It’s an important skill for life, whether you are analysing texts or writing or communicating” he said. Maths wizards

Tim Falloon is among those who achieved stellar study scores, netting 49 in maths methods, 42 in specialist maths, 45 in biology and 44 in English. “I was not expecting to do that well,” he said.

The Camberwell Grammar School student credits his strong marks in maths to his supportive teachers and family members, as well as the fact he spent some time over the previous summer independently working through his Year 12 textbooks.

Camberwell Grammar teacher Dayan Ramalingam with high-achieving students (L-R) Kevin Wang, Felix Wang and Tim Falloon. Photo: Daniel Pockett

He estimates he had already completed a quarter of the Methods textbook and half the Specialist course by the time the school year started, which gave him more time to focus on practice exams.

Tim was also fortunate enough to attend a school that was one of the state’s strongest per capita performers in maths subjects this year. Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority data shows Camberwell Grammar School received 38 study scores of 40 above in maths methods and 15 in specialist maths.

Camberwell Grammar School’s head of senior curriculum Dayan Ramalingam??? said the school placed a strong emphasis on the core subjects of maths and English.

“There is a culture that regards maths as a fun and engaging subject, and students approach maths problems as puzzles to be solved,” he said.

“We don’t have to make kids do maths, they do it because it is fun.” Specialist subject standouts

Other schools have celebrated strong years in less widely-taught subjects. About one in four scores above 40 in Australian history were achieved by students at Sacre Coeur, while Haileybury Girls College students made up almost one third of high achievers in sociology.

East Doncaster Secondary College students excelled at classical studies (which covers Greek and Roman literature), Firbank Grammar School achieved strong marks in history and Melbourne Grammar School was the ideal place to ace philosophy.

At Mazenod College in Mulgrave, 23 students got a score of 40 or above in religion and society. But this group was not made up of Year 12s – most students who took the subject were Year 11s, with about 14 per cent achieving a 40-plus score.

Mazenod’s religious education coordinator, Kyle Hoad, said Year 11s were encouraged to take the class so they understood Catholic traditions and how religion and society interacted.

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