Surrey Hills teen Tamsyn Lovass celebrates stunning ATAR result and offers sage advice for next year’s Year 12 cohort

In the media: Herald Sun Thursday 12 December 2019

Tamsyn Lovass has the world at her feet after scoring an impressive 99.9 for her ATAR.

The Strathcona Girls Grammar student’s result puts her among the highest achieving Year 12 students in the state and she said while she was hoping for the best this morning, she said she couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw her result.

“I think you always hope for the highest you can get, but it’s definitely higher than I was expecting,” the 18-year-old from Surrey Hills said.

Tonight she plans to celebrate with friends, all of who were incredibly hardworking and managed to get the results they were aiming for, she said.

Tamsyn said she was looking forward to studying a Bachelor of Philosophy at the Australian National University in Canberra, where she hoped to specialise in science before one day moving into a chemistry career.

“I’ve loved science since I was really young and I think school has really helped me grow on that,” she said.

And while next year’s Year 12 student may be feeling daunted by their final year of high school, she said balance was important and she encouraged them to take regular study breaks.

“Having a lot of activities on really helps you to study hard when you need to,” she said.

“You can’t put your life on hold (for your studies).”

Strathcona principal Marise McConaghy said congratulations were in order for the school’s entire 2019 cohort of school leavers as well as their teachers.

The school achieved a median ATAR of 90.4 this year, she said, and more than half of their Year 12 students received a final score of 90 or above.

“We are very proud of our students and their enduringly strong academic results,” she said.

“Above all, we know that it is the strength of character in our students that will see them succeed in life, so we’re confident that this cohort of smart, creative and compassionate young women have bright futures ahead.”

rebecca.dinuzzo@news.com.a

To read more about Strathcona’s VCE results click here

Strathcona principal Marise McConaghy said congratulations were in order for the school’s entire 2019 cohort of school leavers as well as their teachers.

The school achieved a median ATAR of 90.4 this year, she said, and more than half of their Year 12 students received a final score of 90 or above.

“We are very proud of our students and their enduringly strong academic results,” she said.

“Above all, we know that it is the strength of character in our students that will see them succeed in life, so we’re confident that this cohort of smart, creative and compassionate young women have bright futures ahead.”

rebecca.dinuzzo@news.com.a

To read more about Strathcona’s VCE results click here

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big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning.
He says recasting some of the technical disciplines, such as engineering, into a humanfocused
discipline could result in an increasing interest from women.
The Business Council of Australia has suggested an overhaul of the vocational and tertiary
education systems with a shared oversight body and better information about the range of
options.
It has called for that same culture of lifelong learning, for initial qualifications for a strong
foundation, and then modules to upskill and retrain throughout careers.
And instead of separate funding for universities and vocational training, the BCA says an
individual education “account” would allow promote individual choices.
The corporate sector’s peak body has also called for a focus on STEM, as technology
continues to transform the economy. Across the education system, STEM skills and
knowledge are increasingly sought after – but not found.
While the Australian Government pours millions into STEM advancement and advocacy,
institutions continue to struggle to attract, retain and progress women.
Industry, Science and Technology Minister Karen Andrews says parents and teachers
should encourage STEM participation.
“It’s easy as parents to brush off a dislike of maths or science with an, ‘It’s OK, I didn’t do
well and I turned out OK’,” she says. “We need to change that attitude and make STEM a
priority for our kids. We need them to keep engaging students in a way that ensures both
girls and boys are equally supported in the pursuit of STEM.”
Tech Girls Movement founder and STEM educator Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen says teachers
need to be enabled and supported to do that: “It’s challenging for teachers to have to do
the next big thing.”
Teachers need the tools, training and confidence to deliver STEM and other subjects in an
inspiring way. Beekhuyzen says there is a push to teach coding, but points to forecasts
indicate half the current coding jobs won’t exist in the future.
So what are young people to do? Beekhuyzen says it all comes back to resilience and
adaptability. Her own program inspired Kira Molloy, 20, to get into technology. She is now
on a New Colombo Plan Scholarship, studying at the top-ranking National University of
Singapore. “Before I got involved with the Tech Girls Program, I had never considered
studying computer science and was set on studying medicine,” she says. “From the
experiences I had through the Tech Girl program I was able to go to QUT and Google in
Sydney and see amazing technologies and amazing women leading the field. This ignited a
passion for me to pursue a career in technology.”
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