A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school on Kaurna Country, Adelaide, South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

Academic Results

Academic Results

Below is a message from our School Principal, Simon Shepherd, sharing the results of our Class of 2021.

Westminster Class of 2021 SACE Results Overview

It is a great pleasure to share with you an overview of the excellent results achieved by the Class of 2021 in the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

In another year of uncertainty, we are proud that all students in our Year 12 cohort have successfully achieved their SACE.

The median ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for the Class of 2021 is 84.8, consistent with the recent trend of high results over the past nine years.

Of all our SACE (Stage 2) grades achieved in 2021, 46.6% were As while over 86.4% were As and Bs.

Of the 98 students eligible for an ATAR:

  • 18.4% of students achieved an ATAR equal to or above 95
  • 33.7% of students achieved an ATAR equal to or above 90
  • 63.3% of students achieved an ATAR equal to or above 80.

I am delighted to share that our 2021 Dux of the School is Hriday Patel, who achieved the highest ATAR possible with 99.95. This year, Hriday received a SACE Merit in Chemistry and Specialist Mathematics to add to his SACE Merits in 2020 for Biology and Mathematical Methods. Our Proxime Accessit is Aidan Ross with an outstanding ATAR of 99.2 and a SACE Merit received in 2020 for Research Project B.

We congratulate every student in the cohort for their commitment and effort, and acknowledge the following students who join Hriday and Aidan to form our list of Top 10 ATARs:

  • Anmol Gandhara - 99.1
  • Lachlan Grigg - 98.95
  • Ruby Pike - 98.5
  • Jemma Sanders - 98.5
  • Amelie Noble - 98.45
  • Gabriel Lowe - 98.15
  • Xianyi Liu - 97.6
  • Sacha Mutze - 97.45

The prestigious Governor of South Australia Commendation Excellence Award recognises outstanding achievement in Year 12 SACE subjects and how students have used their personal qualities to make a difference in their local communities. It is a rare occurrence to see more than one student attain this award at a school, so we are particularly honoured to have Daisy Jury receive a Governor of South Australia Commendation Excellence Award and Zane Lindblom receive the Governor of South Australia Commendation - Aboriginal Student SACE Excellence Award.

In 2021, 24 students recorded 27 SACE Merits for ‘perfect’ subject scores over 13 different subject areas, including nine Year 11 students who have undertaken Stage 2 subjects this year:

  • Ancient Studies – one Merit
  • Biology – three Merits (including one awarded in 2020 to the Class of 2021)
  • Chemistry – one Merit
  • Creative Arts (Art) - two Merits
  • Digital Communications Solutions – one Merit
  • General Mathematics – three Merits
  • Mathematical Methods – one Merit (awarded in 2020 to the Class of 2021)
  • Music Solo Performance – one Merit
  • Outdoor Education – four Merits
  • Psychology – one Merit
  • Research Project B – seven Merits (including one awarded in 2020 to the Class of 2021 and six to Year 11 students in the Class of 2022)
  • Russian – one Merit
  • Specialist Mathematics – one Merit.

No matter the area of learning, outstanding results come from meaningful student, teacher and parent collaboration. We thank our Director of Learning, Andrea Sherwood, Faculty leaders, teachers and support staff throughout the whole School, who uphold the exceptional education we offer students from Early Learning through to Year 12 in the classroom and online. We acknowledge Head of Senior School David Wallage, Head of Senior Students Tony Ritson (’93) and Heads of House for their dedicated support and guidance of our Year 12 cohort. We are grateful for the support to all parents, caregivers and families during their sons’ and daughters’ years at Westminster.

We wish the Class of 2021 the very best for their future success and extend an open invitation for our Old Scholars to visit us at Westminster to share their life stories beyond school.

Warm regards

Simon Shepherd