A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school in Adelaide,
South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

Academic Results

Below is a message from our School Principal, Simon Shepherd, sharing the results of our Class of 2019.

Westminster Class of 2019 SACE Results Overview

It is a great pleasure to share with you an overview of the excellent results achieved in the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) by Westminster’s Class of 2019.

The median ATAR for the Class of 2019 is 85.75, higher than 2018 and amongst the highest results in the past seven years that lines up with current reporting.

Of all our SACE (Stage 2) grades achieved in 2019, 45% were As, compared to a State result of 28%, while over 90% of our grades were As and Bs, compared to a State result of 71%. This is higher again than the already excellent standard recorded in 2018.

All students achieved their SACE and of the 157 students eligible for an ATAR:

  • 16% of students achieved an ATAR above 95
  • 33% of students achieved an ATAR above 90
  • 61% of students achieved an ATAR above 80.

I am delighted to announce that our 2019 Dux is Chloe Karnon who achieved an outstanding ATAR of 99.5. Chloe also received a SACE Merit in Biology. Our Proxime Accessit is Shijie Wang with another outstanding ATAR of 99.35 and a SACE Merit in English.

Every student in the cohort is to be congratulated for their efforts and, in particular, we can all be proud of the following students who join our Dux and Proxime Accessit in rounding out our top ten ATARs:

  • Brodie Eckert (two Merits) achieved an ATAR of 99.25, and is also a recipient of the Governor of SA Commendation Excellence Award
  • Sam Lange achieved an ATAR of 98.55
  • Zoe Buttery (two Merits) achieved an ATAR of 98.35
  • Belle Hope (one Merit) achieved an ATAR of 98.3
  • Sophie Sibbons achieved an ATAR of 98.2
  • Julia Damato achieved an ATAR of 97.95
  • Abigail Wicks achieved an ATAR 97.9
  • Caitlin Stallan achieved an ATAR of 97.75, and is also a recipient of the Governor of SA Commendation Excellence Award.
  • General Mathematics – two Merits
  • Workplace Practices – two Merits (one awarded in 2018 and one to a student in the Class of 2020).
  • Scientific Studies – two Merits (both to students in the Class of 2020)
  • Chinese (background speakers) – one Merit.

The Governor of South Australia Commendation Excellence Award recognises excellence in Year 12 SACE subjects and how students have used their personal qualities to make a difference in their local communities. We are honoured to have both Brodie and Caitlin amongst the 26 South Australian students who received this prestigious award.

We also congratulate Artharva Sanap who undertook and successfully completed the modified SACE.

Westminster’s Class of 2019 was awarded 25 Merits for ‘perfect’ subject scores, and an additional eight Merits were awarded to Year 11 students undertaking Stage 2 subjects this year. Merits have been awarded across 12 different subject areas, reflecting the range of learning that allows our students to achieve more than they thought possible:

  • Biology – two Merits
  • Agricultural Production – one Merit
  • English – two Merits
  • Mathematical Methods – one Merit
  • Material Products – two Merits
  • Outdoor Education – nine Merits
  • Psychology – one Merit
  • Research Project B – eight Merits (including three awarded in 2018 and three to students in the Class of 2020)

Outstanding academic results such as these come from student, parent and teacher collaboration. Thank you to our Director of Learning, Andrea Sherwood, our Faculty leaders and all of our teachers and support staff throughout the whole School, who commit and contribute to the exceptional all-round education we offer students from Early Learning through to Year 12. We acknowledge Head of Senior School David Wallage and Head of Senior Students Tony Ritson (’93) for their dedicated support and guidance of our Year 12 cohort. We acknowledge parents, caregivers and families for supporting their sons and daughters throughout their years at Westminster. Thank you and congratulations to you all.

A comprehensive analysis of academic and co-curricular achievements for this cohort will be provided in our Class of 2019 Achievements publication to be released in 2020. Class of 2019 achievements will be shared through our website, our eNews and with the wider School community in the next edition of Westminster News, to be published late autumn 2020.

We have wished the Class of 2019 the very best for what lies beyond school. We look forward to welcoming them back to Westminster and sharing in their deserved successes in the years to come.

Warm regards

Simon Shepherd