December 22, 2023

Hale students have been named among the State’s top achievers in the 2023 Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) for both Australian Tertiary admission Rank (ATAR) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) pathways.

All graduating Hale students were awarded the WACE, with 86% pursuing an ATAR pathway, compared to only 28% across the State.

Saalik Khan attained a near-perfect score of 99.85, alongside three others who obtained 99.80 (Ashton Bryant, Joel Chemmanam and Julian Cvitanovich). Captain of School, Ashton Bryant was awarded a General Exhibition for earning one of the 50 highest overall WACE award scores in the State. Boarding student, Saxon Flannagan’s passion for Media Production and Analysis earned him a Subject Exhibition for the highest examination mark in this course.

  • 47% of Hale ATAR students were in the top 10% of the nation with a score of 90 or above.
  • 29% were in the top 5% of the nation with an ATAR of 95 or above.
  • 8% were in the top 1% of the nation with an ATAR of 99 or above.

In addition to several examples of individual excellence, Hale had the second highest number of students to receive a Certificate of Distinction, which demonstrates breadth of achievement across Years 11 and 12.

In the General and VET pathways, there were a variety of high-performing students. These included Daniel Jonasson, whose exceptional talent in bricklaying earned him both a State gold medal and a national gold medal at WorldSkills in the VET in Schools category. Also, Indie Oakley was a finalist in the WA Training Awards – 2023 WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year and received the VET Certificate of Excellence for Construction Industries.

Headmaster, Dean Dell’Oro congratulated the graduates on their outstanding results and leadership.

“This cohort has achieved excellent results in all the ATAR, General and VET courses, opening up a wide variety of exciting pathways. I remain certain that the academic foundations laid by a Hale education, in addition to the broader benefits of our outstanding co-curricular programs, give our boys the best possible base from which to commence their adult lives.”

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