SW schools in State top 50

Callum HunterSouth Western Times

The top-performing schools in WA for 2018 were released last week, with two South West schools named in the top 50.

Bunbury Senior High School and Australind Senior High School were ranked 38th and 50th respectively, each showing an improvement of more than 5 per cent compared with 2017.

Australind’s median result of 82.15 was the second-highest in the school’s history, which combined with Bunbury’s 83.95, placed both schools inside the top five-performing country schools.

Australind deputy principal Nigel Wakefield congratulated his staff, students and the community.

“It’s just a great feeling, the kids have formed a strong team and there was some healthy competition between them,” he said.

“It’s not uncommon for us to do well, we’re always up there in the rankings but we’ve had a very strong year and are celebrating that.”

Manea Senior College was the only other South West school to join Bunbury and Australind in achieving improved results compared with 2017.

South West Education regional executive director Neil Milligan said all top five country schools for WA were in the South West region.

“I was also extremely pleased with Australind because it was, I think, the only school in the top 50 with a socio-economic index of less than 1000,” Mr Milligan said.

“So 1000 is the sort of break-even figure in terms of measurement of socio-economic status, and Australind is currently below that, and it was the only school in the top 50 with an index of below 1000.”

Australind’s top scoring student Geoffrey Saunders netted a 99.05 and was celebrating the milestone before going straight into the University of WA to study medicine.

“I was very shocked, I did not expect to be in the 99 club,” Geoffrey said.

“I’m stoked, to be honest it was not expected at all, my predicted ATAR was about 97, it turns out I did better in the exams than the class work.”

Other high achiever’s at Australind included Matt Wilson, Jessica Wilkinson and Kate Retzlaff who all scored over 98.

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