For the first time in Oxley’s history, the Dux award, awarded to the highest achieving student graduating Year 12, has been presented to not one, but two students.
Both Melanie Stanhope and Tom Mullaney have been named as Dux, recognising their academic potential and extraordinary commitment to their studies. We suspect that both Melanie and Tom have been secretly striving to be Dux of the College.
Mr Geoff Roberts-Thomson explained during Wednesday night’s Presentation Evening, that this was an unusual year. “The Melbourne Cup was the closest in history, and the race for Dux at Oxley College was similarly close.”
“Melanie and Tom were inseparable in several subjects (they shared the highest achiever award in two subjects), and in other subjects one pipped the other by the tiniest of margins. Both students were named as the highest achievers in five subjects. Therefore, for the first time, we have decided to name both of these students as Dux.”
The dual award was met with rapturous applause from families, friends and particularly their peers.
We congratulate both Tom and Melanie on a fantastic year, as we do all of the graduating students from the class of 2011.
Update: The Principal and Staff of Oxley Christian College congratulate Tom Mullaney on achieving the highest ATAR at Oxley this year, with a ranking of 99.65. Tom is looking to study Bio-Medicine at Melbourne University next year, we wish him well!
2011 VCE Result Highlights
Congratulations to the class of 2011 on wonderful VCE results.
The stand-out result was the number of students who gained an ATAR score of at least 95 – in 2011 there were twelve students who gained this outstanding score, which is the largest number achieved at Oxley.
As has been previously announced, for the first time we shared the Dux prize: this decision was vindicated, as both achieved an ATAR of more than 99.5!
For the second time in the last 10 years, one quarter of our graduating students (21 in total) gained an ATAR score of 90 – placing them in the top 10% of the state. Like last year, 50% of our Year 12 students gained an ATAR of at least 75.
All students who saw out the year, successfully completed the VCE, and more than 95% of our students received an ATAR of more than 50 – this means that almost all of our students were in the top half of the state.
These results bear testimony to the mindful and focused learning community found at Oxley.