Anne-Maree Ma is our top BSSS student for 2018

Posted 19 December 2018 12:10pm

Congratulations to Anne-Maree Ma who achieved an ATAR of 99.45, placing her at the top of Canberra Girls Grammar School’s results table for students who undertook a tertiary package in the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) system.

Anne-Maree commenced at CGGS in Year 7 and balanced her academic pursuits in Year 12 with captaincy of the School magazine Burrawi and dedicated participation on the CGGS Safe School Committee.

One in five members of our 2018 Year 12 cohort earned an ATAR greater than 95.00 - such a score is awarded to just the top 5% of an age cohort in NSW and ACT.

More than a third of our graduates (36.8%) achieved a score of more than 90.00.

Dr Brett Easton, a member of the Mathematics faculty at CGGS, worked closely with Director of Studies, Mrs Tara Dunstall, throughout the students’ final two years to guide them on their predicted ATARs.

“We provided students with a prediction range between 0.50 and 5.00. The distance between the final ATAR and the middle of this range was often very small, with a median distance of just 1.63,” said Dr Easton.

“What this means is that we can reasonably predict an ATAR to within 1.63 of a single value. That's rather good.”

At the BSSS presentation ceremony on Tuesday, 18 December, two other CGGS students were also recognised:

Rhea Chopra - Recognition of Excellence Award in Community Service
Stephanie Maclaine - Recognition of Excellence Award in Performing/Visual Arts

Many students now have clarity around where their immediate future lies, particularly as offers from universities (in Australia and abroad) roll in. Bethany Hewitt has been accepted to study costuming at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) – a course which offers only six places per year. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Hughes, who elected to undertake an Accredited program to balance her recovery from chronic fatigue, received an early offer – based on portfolio entry - from the University of Canberra to study Film Production.

Students who undertook the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme have a longer wait for their results, which are due to be released on 3 January. The School eagerly awaits this announcement as this year’s cohort are expected to achieve strong results.

Congratulations to all our graduates – we can’t wait to see what you have in store!

Sally Wagnon
Communications and Engagement Manager