Our 2021 Top Performers

Today, we are thrilled to acknowledge the outstanding academic achievements of our Class of 2021. These remarkable young women, despite the many obstacles placed before them over the past two years, have achieved the strongest School results St Catherine’s School has received in over a decade.

Through their sustained commitment and determination, our Year 12 Cohort have achieved outstanding academic results across a broad range of subjects. The Median ATAR for the School is an exemplary 92.1, with a Median Study Score of 37 and 32.2% of all Study Scores above 40. 

These exemplary results include: 17% of students achieving an ATAR above 98, earning them a place in the top 2% of the State, and over a third of the Cohort (33%) achieved an ATAR above 95, earning them a place in the top 5% of the State. 

We are pleased to report that 58% of the Cohort achieved an ATAR of 90 and above, placing well over half the Cohort in the top 10% of the State and 83% of the Cohort achieving an ATAR above 80, placing them in the top 20% of the State.  

 Learn more about our remarkable Class of 2021.

Our 2021 Duces

We extend our congratulations to both Emily Ryan and Jessica Yang who equally attained an ATAR of  99.85 with both girls acknowledged as St Catherine’s School’s 2021 Duces.  

Emily Ryan

Emily attained Perfect Study Scores of 50 in Business Management, Global Politics and English. Her outstanding results were acknowledged through her Dark Blue Award for Academic Excellence, as well as the Sue Bell Humanities Award for Exemplary Performance in a Humanities subject. Cordial and respectful in her dealings with others, Emily is a student who supports her peers and has established strong and enduring friendships within the Year group and more widely throughout the School community. 


Jessica Yang

Jessica achieved a Perfect Study Score of 50 in Accounting as a Year 11 student in 2020. A hardworking and dedicated athlete, Jessica represented St Catherine’s in Snowsports, Athletics and Swimming. She was a member of the Second VIII Rowing Crew that won gold at the Head of the Schoolgirls’ Regatta, and the Australian National Rowing Championships. Further to her sporting endeavours, Jessica was the Debating and Public Speaking Co-Captain, achieved the prestigious, and internationally recognised Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and received the Caltex Best All Rounder Award, Gold Award for Exceptional Service to the School, Dark Blue Award for Academic Excellence and Light Blue Awards for Rowing and Public Speaking.

Our 2021 Proxime Accessit to the Duces

Alexandra Demetriou

Congratulations also to our ProximeAccessit to the Duces, Alexandra Demetriou, who achieved an ATAR of 99.8. Alexandra attained a Perfect Study Score of 50 in Health and Human Development and as a Year 11 student in 2020, a 50 in Legal Studies. Alexandra was St Catherine’s Sport Co-Captain and a member of the St Catherine’s First VIII Rowing Crew, who won the Head of Schoolgirls’ Regatta Rowing competition. Alexandra received a Dark Blue Award for Academic Excellence, a Light Blue Award for Performance in Rowing and a General Award for Outstanding Service to the School. 

The success of the 2021 Cohort is testament to the fortitude, effort and commitment shown by each student in the most extraordinary of circumstances. As an open entry School, we are proud of the achievements of all students.

At St Catherine’s, our teachers are recognised as great activators of change for girls. They inspire girls to be fearless, teaching them how to harness the storm of adolescence, and encourage them to question and believe in themselves and their capabilities. The VCE results today, are testament to this and could not have been achieved without the expertise, dedication and passion of our VCE teachers, particularly our Head of Year 12, Mrs Tracey McCallum, whose commitment and care of our Class of 2021, across two years of COVID and remote learning, provided the girls with a safe haven and clear path forward during tumultuous times.


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