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VCE Academic High Achievers Recognised

Our Class of 2018 returned to Siena College today for the first assembly of the year, where we ackowledged those who had achieved an ATAR over 90.  College Dux, Katherine Kim addressed the assembly, recognising her family, friends and teachers as contributors to her academic success, as well as much hard work and dedication.  

Of her teachers, Katherine said:
'One thing that stood out to me, that made all my teachers so special, was the fact that they believed in me. That simple, sheer faith in me — that I could do it, that I shouldn’t give up, that I should strive higher — was frankly one of the only things that kept me going through the arduous times. So thank you, for having that confidence in me when I didn’t, because it made the world of a difference.'

Katherine also had some very wise words for our 2019 Year 12 cohort, urging them to make mistakes. 'It’s okay if you’re not perfect and it’s not the end of the world. I hope you don’t think that these weakness mean you’re not good enough and that you never should’ve tried. Instead, I hope you learn that mistakes are in the very nature of progress and that progress eventually yields results. That paralysing feeling during setbacks like these; the feeling that you’re inadequate or that you’re not a “natural” like others, may incline you to give up. But I’d just like for you all to remember to never ever lose hope, and to never let what you cannot do, stop you from doing what you can do.'

College Principal, Gaynor Robson-Garth also acknowledged the two students who received an Honours Blazer in 2018. The Honours Blazer is a prestigious award at Siena, awarded to students who have attained Full Academic Colours and Full Colours in another two cocurricular endeavours. Congratulations to Breanna Ritchie (Class of 2018) and current Year 12 student, Jade Devlin. 

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