WA’s top of the class

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By KATE LEAVER

CAITLIN Rev­ell shed a tear of joy and re­lief when she found out the pres­ti­gious Bea­z­ley Medal was hers.

Caitlin’s achieve­ment marks the third year in a row a stu­dent at Su­bi­aco’s Perth Mod­ern School has been awarded the high­est hon­our for WA’s top exam re­sults.

“I was com­pletely sur­prised and in shock when I found out,” the 17-year-old said.

“I learnt a lot about deal­ing with pres­sure, which was a big thing for me, and also about be­ing dili­gent with study each night.”

Mother Sally Rev­ell said the fam­ily was in shock when they heard the news that their daugh­ter had re­ceived the high­est WA Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion (WACE) exam marks across five sub­jects.

Caitlin, of Churchlands, stud­ied a “good mix” of sub­jects and sat ex­ams in bi­ol­ogy, chemistry, maths, physics, pol­i­tics and law and lit­er­a­ture.

“Caitlin’s work ethic is sec­ond to none; she put in so much heart, soul and fo­cus as well as hours and hours of study – we were telling her to go to bed and she would be set­ting the alarm for 6.30 the next morn­ing,” Sally said.

“She has al­ways had self­mo­ti­va­tion; what­ever she chooses to do she gives it 110 per cent.”

De­spite think­ing she had failed her first exam of six, Caitlin said re­silience was the most im­por­tant les­son for stu­dents go­ing into Year 12.

“The hard­est thing is turn­ing it around the next day and sit­ting the next exam – it re­ally was about the high stan­dards I placed on my­self,” she said.

“I think as a year group we def­i­nitely sup­ported each other, par­tic­u­larly to­wards the end. The teach­ers were equally as sup­port­ive and so many of them were will­ing to put in ex­tra time when I had ex­tra ques­tions – I had a lot of ques­tions to ask.”

Be­tween her busy study sched­ule, Caitlin said art and ath­let­ics kept her go­ing.

Perth Mod­ern principal Lois Joll said the year group had three equal dux stu­dents, while the school also topped the 2016 ATAR rank­ing.

“It is a com­bi­na­tion of a group of stu­dents that have great po­ten­tial to do well in an en­vi­ron­ment that gives them that op­por­tu­nity,” she said.

“We’re re­ally proud of Caitlin; you can have the in­tel­lec­tual grunt but you have to com­bine it with re­silience and fo­cus.”

Caitlin plans to study a dou­ble de­gree in physics and en­gi­neer­ing this year.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek d463903

Perth Mod­ern School principal Lois Joll with Bea­z­ley Medal re­cip­i­ent Caitlin Rev­ell.

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