Students rise above the challenges of COVID

Tarneit Senior College students Mayank, Clarenz, Ming and Jordan. (Damjan Janevski)

Tarneit Senior College principal, Simon Haber says 2020 was a year like no other, with students challenged to adapt to new ways of learning.

“We have always been proud of our use of Google Classroom, as it has been embedded into our daily curriculum,” Mr Haber says.

“Our students have continually shown resilience throughout the school year, adapting to new ways of learning [and] shown the ability to be innovative and remain focused on their studies. They have immersed themselves with Google Meets to stay connected with their teachers and fellow students.”

Mr Haber says the departing year 12s have left a lasting legacy and exit the college with amazing ambitions for the next stage in their journey.

“I feel really fortunate to have had the opportunity to farewell them properly in a graduation ceremony that allowed us to honour every students’ achievement in making it through an incredibly challenging year with integrity, innovation and focus,” he says.

“Whilst we would have liked families to be able to join us in person, the live-streaming allowed students to share the occasion with more extended family, including those abroad.

“The Tarneit Senior College community wishes to extend its congratulations to all year 12 students, both VCE and VCAL, on their achievements in 2020.

“The class of 2020 have done themselves proud and should be immensely proud of what they have accomplished.

“We wish them all prosperity and success as they now transition to their desired pathways.”

Mr Haber pays special tribute to those students who achieved outstanding results, including all students who achieved a 40-plus study score in one or more subjects despite the many obstacles that 2020 presented them.

Dux of 2020, Clarenz Joy Topinio has received a ATAR of 97.7, an outstanding achievement which includes a perfect score of 50 for English (EAL).

Clarenz is hoping to be accepted to 
study biomedicine at Monash University this year.

Students achieving 90-plus ATAR’s include:

Mayank Sharma, ATAR 96 – Mayank is hoping to study science at Monash University in 2021.

Ming Jiang, ATAR 95.25 – Ming is hoping to study biomedicine at Melbourne University.

Jordan Alofi, ATAR 90.9 – Jordan is also hoping to study biomedicine at Melbourne University.

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