‘Clever cookies’: The wait is over for the class of 2022

‘Clever cookies’: The wait is over for the class of 2022

December 11, 2022

The wait is over for the class of 2022, with more than 44,000 year 12s receiving their ATAR on Monday morning, setting them up for the next chapter of their lives.

The results bring to an end 13 years of schooling, including three interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many year 12s in regional Victoria also experienced flooding in their home towns during term 4.

George Kaltzidis, year 12 student from St Michael’s Grammar School, receives his ATAR score Monday morning. Credit:Wayne Taylor

Among the high scorers was Richmond fanatic and aspiring investment banker George Kaltzidis, who The Age profiled in the lead-up to his results. George said he was over the moon to receive an ATAR of 99.4, setting him up for a commerce degree at either Melbourne or Monash universities.

George’s mother, Maria, described him as a “pretty clever cookie”.

“I’ve never really had to tell him to do his homework,” she said.

Jordan Digiglio, of St Monica’s College in Epping, was among those who rose early to check the results, and received a pleasant surprise. He said his ATAR of 84.95 was much higher than he had hoped for.

Jordan Digiglio was rapt with the VCE results he achieved at St Monica’s College in Epping.Credit:Joe Armao

“I’m over the moon, I can’t believe it,” he said.

“I don’t know if I thank God or myself for the hard work, I’ve no idea.

“I worked really, really hard, and I can’t believe it actually.”

Methodist Ladies’ College principal Diana Vernon said, although face-to-face learning continued throughout 2022, students still felt the impacts of COVID throughout the year, many falling ill during various waves of the virus.

Hamna Sajid getting her ATAR result online with her parents Masooma Naseer Cheema, left, and Sagid Randhawa.Credit:Eddie Jim

Among the high-fee independent schools to report their results early on Monday were Balwyn girls’ school Fintona, which reported a median ATAR of 92.05, and Mount Scopus Memorial College, which had almost 10 per cent of its year 12s receiving an ATAR of 99 or above.

Victoria’s largest school Haileybury had seven students who achieved an ATAR of 99.95 – among 39 perfect scores across the state.

Eight of Victoria’s top students were female and 31 were male, although girls outperformed boys overall.

Ashwood High School Hamna Sajid, who moved to Australia from Pakistan in late 2020, also excelled, with an ATAR off 95.1.

There’s been a trend towards unscored VCE in recent years and this is expected to continue for this year’s graduates. The class of 2022 did not automatically qualify for special consideration, unlike year 12s in 2021 and 2020, who spent a long time in remote learning during VCE.

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