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Local schools boast super scores
were celebrated across the local
region last Thursday when South
Australian students received their
year 12 results.
A number of local schools are
boasting their best-ever results,
with increased South Australian
Certificate of Education completion
rates and glowing Australian Terti-
ary Admissions Ranks.
Gawler & District College has
reported 87 per cent of its students
receiving their SACE this year.
Principal Andrew Dickinson said
it was the school's best result, with
an increase of 13 per cent on last
It coincides with a statewide trend
of record SACE completion, with
13,985 South Australian students
receiving their certificate last week
-- 427 more than the previous year.
Two Trinity College students,
Emma Gard and Jackson Dearing,
also proved to be the best of the
best, achieving the highest possible
ATAR of 99.95.
The school also had seven stu-
dents who received a score of 99 or
Head Nick Hately said the col-
lege encouraged its students to do
"We've had some good scores in
the past, we've had a very strong
academic pedigree, but this year has
been a particularly strong year," he
Jade Kirby received the high-
est ATAR at Gawler & District
College with 89.3, Kaden Lange was
the top student at Xavier College
with 99.15, while Jessica Read was
Kapunda High School's best with
Nuriootpa High School's top stu-
dent was Kailin Sullivan with 99.6,
while Philip Grace scored the high-
est ATAR of 99.9 at Faith Lutheran
College in Tanunda.
Three local students, including
Trinity College's Emma Gard and
Christine Ong, as well as Xavier
College's Kaden Lange, have been
awarded the Governor of South
Australia special commendation.
Faith Lutheran College princi-
pal Gavan Cramer said the school,
this year, has also seen its best
"I am thrilled with the total of
20 Merits, 226 A grades and the 32
(per cent) of students who achieved
an ATAR of 90 or above," he said.
"Of our 102 students who were
eligible for an ATAR, over half
achieved a score above 80."
Meanwhile, Nuriootpa High
School had a SACE completion rate
of 93 per cent.
Emma Gard and
Jackson Dearing 99.95
Kaden Lange 99.15
GAWLER & DISTRICT COLLEGE
Jade Kirby 89.3
KAPUNDA HIGH SCHOOL
Jessica Read 96.25
NURIOOTPA HIGH SCHOOL
Kailin Sullivan 99.6
FAITH LUTHERAN COLLEGE
Philip Grace 99.9
HARD work and a positive
attitude have helped two
Trinity College students
achieve the coveted honour of
a perfect year 12 result.
Students Emma Gard and
Jackson Dearing last week
received an Australian Tertiary
Admissions Rank of 99.95, the
highest possible score.
For Emma, it was a rewarding
end to a demanding year.
"I think you have to make a
few sacrifices in year 12," she
"It was a lot of hours in after-
"I did try to keep a balance
between school and extra-
The 17-year-old is now hoping
to be accepted into Bachelor of
Medicine and Bachelor of
Surgery at Adelaide University
Her interest in health care was
sparked at a young age during a
caravan trip through the centre
of Australia and across the west
coast of South Australia.
"There were some really
remote communities that we
saw and I think that inspired me
to try and help people because
I saw they were lacking a lot in
health care and education,"
"I saw that was an area that we
could definitely improve in
The Angle Vale teen spent "a
while" trying to decide whether
to pursue a career in science or
It was a passion for helping
others, as well as her dad, that
ultimately steered Emma towards
"He is a diabetic and he injects
himself with needles three times
opener for me," she said.
"If I could help other people
like my dad, and make their lives
a little bit easier to deal with
situations like that, I definitely
wanted to be in a position
Last week wrapped up a year
of achievements for the local
teen, who received a special
commendation from the
Governor of South Australia
Hieu Van Le last Thursday.
She was also named joint
college dux, along with classmate
Jackson, who learned of his
result while on a working
holiday in Canada.
Jackson, whose twin brother
Harrison this year also sits in
the top one per cent of year 12
students in the country with
a score of 99.4, said the result
"really means a lot to me".
"It is extremely relieving to
finally be rewarded for a lot of
hard work throughout the year,"
The local teen thanked his
teachers at the school, which he
has attended since reception.
Jackson has applied to study
a Bachelor of Engineering and
Bachelor of Science at Adelaide
University next year.
"Wherever my future study
paths may lead, I will always
strive to pursue what I enjoy
because being passionate about
what I do has proven to be
the most effective way to be
successful," he said.
For now, Jackson said he will
be enjoying a much-needed
break in Canada.
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Trinity College student Emma Gard is hoping to study medicine at Adelaide
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