‘The Class of 2019 really embody the spirit of Westbourne – that which they do, they do well – with a strong sense of community and care for each other, ambitious to embrace the world, their futures and to make a difference. We are so very proud of them.’ – Meg Hansen, Principal.
Cohesive, inclusive and highly supportive of each other and the school’s values, the Class of 2019 have been active participants in all that Westbourne offers. In particular, these fine young people have shown themselves to be strongly committed to their community, taking student voice to a new level of engagement through their management of senior assemblies and enthusiastic involvement in the full range of sporting, cultural, leadership and service activities. The school is extremely proud of these achievements, which reflect the hard work and enthusiasm of our students as well as the professionalism and dedication of Westbourne’s teachers. In congratulating everyone we also commend the nine of our international students who attained an ATAR over 90.
- Median ATAR of 86.10 – the highest ever recorded by Westbourne Grammar School
- Five perfect study scores of 50 – in English (2), Biology, Health & Human Development and Further Mathematics
- 36.2% of students achieved an ATAR of 90.00 or above
- Dux of School achieved an ATAR of 99.80
- Three students achieved an ATAR of 99.00 or above – ranking them in the top 1% in the country.
- 19 students achieved an ATAR of 95.00 or above – ranking them in the top 5% of the country.
- 50 students achieved an ATAR of 90.00 or above- ranking them in the top 10% in the country.
- 88 students achieved an ATAR of 80.00 or above- ranking them in the top 20% of the country.
The school is extremely proud of these achievements, which reflect the hard work and enthusiasm of our students as well as the professionalism and dedication of Westbourne’s teachers. In congratulating everyone we also commend the nine of our international students who attained an ATAR over 90.
Westbourne congratulates the Class of 2019 on their success in the VCE.
On Tuesday of this week our senior school students and a number of family members and supporters gathered in the auditorium for an important annual event – the induction of our leadership team chosen from what will be the Class of 2020.
As a school community, we understand the importance of providing a range of leadership opportunities for our students, supporting them in these roles and encouraging them to learn more about what it is that makes a great leader. We know how important it is for student leaders to learn how to motivate, influence, persuade and encourage. We want them to discover how to build effective relationships, manage and resolve conflicts and accomplish tasks effectively.
Although I was not able to attend the ceremony, our Associate Principal, Andrew McGregor officiated at the event. Amongst other things, he was particularly impressed by the insights presented by school captains, Tessa Harrison and Divine Emezie into the challenges and complexities of leadership. In considering the question of ‘one person who has inspired me’, Tessa Harrison chose one of the African American mathematicians working at NASA in the early days of the space program. Katherine Johnson’s calculations of orbital mechanics were critical to the success of the first and subsequent manned spaceflights. Although she and her colleagues faced appalling discrimination, this did not stop them from persevering with their work – the ‘hidden figures‘ of the book and movie of the same name. As Tessa said: ‘Katherine Johnson was a great leader, who also paved the way for all woman, especially African American woman. She faced challenges, but she got through them no matter how tough they were.’
Following Tessa, Divine Emezie then offered some further insights on the subject of leadership: ‘For us to lead well, there are a few always and nevers we must keep in mind. Never let the fear of failure stop or side-track the goals you set for yourself. Never forget to enjoy the times with those around you, because they come and go only once. Always remember to think wide. Always be prepared to do the uncomfortable work, the hard work, and the work that lacks immediate recognition or congratulations. Above all, always remember who you are and stay true to yourself.
We expect a lot of our young people and I am confident the leadership group of 2020 will, both individually and collectively, fulfil our expectations and significantly enhance Westbourne’s culture of community and service.
Westbourne Grammar’s Learn-to-Swim program is inclusive and available for young people of all abilities.
With a student-teacher ratio of 1:1 or small group with support for students with special needs and ratio of 1:4 for young people, the program takes place in the school’s purpose built learn to swim pool.
For older students, the ratios are: 1:4 for beginners, 1:5 for intermediate, 1:6 for advanced, 1:7 for our Gold level.
We have been working hard to create a strong Learn-To-Swim program that focuses on a learning environment where fun and professional teaching support the foundations of water safety education.
Learn to swim classes will be commencing in the Sports & Aquatic Centre on Monday the 3rd of February 2020.
Enrolments open on the 6th of November 2019
Further information can be found on the website https://sac.westbournegrammar.com/. For specific questions and more details contact Westbourne’s Aquatic Manager (Katrina Gevaux) at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A large number of Year 11 and 12 Westbourne students had the privilege of hearing from former Western Bulldogs star Tom Boyd, who spoke about his AFL and life experiences.
Tom shared his journey with us and provided some tangible advice on the importance of looking after our mental health. Tom is an inspirational young man, an accomplished public speaker and a great professional. We thank him for sharing his time with us today.
Full segment below: