High achiev­ers share se­crets

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - By Gus McCub­bing Cooper Cly­des­dale, 18, Court­ney Al­dous, 18, Jac­inta Robin­son, 17, and Jo­hans Pan­choo, 18, all achieved out­stand­ing VCE re­sults at Seymour Col­lege in 2017. Pic­ture:

With Christ­mas rolling around again an­other batch of Year 12s from Seymour Col­lege can breathe a sigh of re­lief, the stress and pres­sure of ex­ams now well be­hind them.

More than 47 000 qual­i­fy­ing VCE stu­dents re­ceived their Aus­tralian Ter­tiary Ad­mis­sion Rank (ATAR) from 7 am last Fri­day morn­ing, sig­nalling the of­fi­cial end of their Year 12.

The av­er­age ATAR across all stu­dents was 65.10 with an av­er­age of 66.25 for fe­males and 63.70 for males.

Seymour Col­lege stu­dents achieved some out­stand­ing re­sults, with Court­ney Al­dous, 18, awarded dux of the school. Court­ney is now hop­ing to start a Bach­e­lor of Teach­ing and Ex­er­cise Sci­ence at the Aus­tralian Catholic Univer­sity with an eye to ul­ti­mately be­com­ing a phys­io­ther­a­pist.

While Court­ney was up early on re­sults day, she said was quite re­laxed then, as she had been through­out the whole year.

This pos­i­tive mind­set was im­por­tant for her, and is some­thing she en­cour­ages stu­dents head­ing into Year 12 in 2018 to fo­cus on.

‘‘Don’t stress, it’s just an­other year, you’ll be fine,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s only if you let the stress that’s around you get to you — that’s when things start to crum­ble. Just fo­cus on your­self, and make sure you’re not wor­ry­ing about what oth­ers are do­ing.’’

Other high achiev­ers at Seymour Col­lege, Jac­inta Robin­son (82.55), Jo­hans Pan­choo (86.9), and Cooper Cly­des­dale (81.4), were sim­i­larly up­beat.

‘‘It was very ex­treme at times — the ups were re­ally high and the downs could be pretty bad. But Year 12 was also re­ally fun — we had a bit more power and more re­spon­si­bil­ity, and there were also these spe­cial events we could at­tend,’’ Cooper said.

‘‘Even though the amount of work def­i­nitely in­creases, you also get more free­dom, be­cause the teach­ers trust you a bit — they know they can rely on you,’’ Jo­hans said.

Jac­inta said her main source of pres­sure through­out the year came from her­self, rather than her teach­ers or her par­ents.

‘‘The per­sonal pres­sure was the big­gest thing — you want to get that per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion of get­ting where you want to go,’’ she said.

In terms of study rou­tines, Jac­inta said it was im­por­tant for her to make time to recharge and keep do­ing the things she en­joyed, while the boys had some slightly quirkier habits.

‘‘I al­ways drank cold wa­ter when I was study­ing to keep me awake. Some­one else told me if you keep a bowl of chill­ies next to you while you’re work­ing it keeps you on the ball — but that was a lit­tle too out there for me,’’ Cooper said.

‘‘I don’t know if I would rec­om­mend this, but I would al­ways sleep straight af­ter school, and then I would study from 9 pm un­til 2 am — that was my study time when I could fo­cus,’’ Jo­hans said.

Look­ing ahead, Jac­inta said she’s in­ter­ested in study­ing busi­ness man­age­ment or com­merce at univer­sity.

‘‘I only made this de­ci­sion this year, but I was help­ing out back­stage at my sis­ter’s dance concert and I re­ally en­joyed it — I re­ally like or­gan­is­ing stuff and boss­ing peo­ple around,’’ she said.

Meanwhile, Cooper and Jo­hans both look des­tined for the health in­dus­try.

‘‘My mum is a re­cep­tion­ist at Goul­burn Val­ley Imag­ing,’’ Cooper said.

‘‘Af­ter go­ing in there one day and hang­ing out with the ra­dio­g­ra­pher there I saw all the ma­chines and how the scans work, and go­ing home that night I ba­si­cally set my mind to get­ting into that,’’ he said.

Jo­han said his first pref­er­ence is for a bio­med­i­cal course at Monash Univer­sity, with the hope of one day get­ting into medicine.

‘‘My dad works at the Seymour Hos­pi­tal, and I’ve al­ways been at­tracted to that field,’’ he said.

Top scor­ers: Gus McCub­bing

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