VCE Interviews with the Class of 2023

鶹Ƶ is extremely proud of our students and staff who achieved exceptional outcomes in 2023.

As university offers have begun, and classes will be commencing in a few weeks’ time, we sat down with some of the Class of 2023 students to discuss their VCE experience and plans for the future.

MIRANDA MCLEAN

What are your future aspirations?
My future aspirations involve embarking on a gap year in 2024, where I intend to explore Southeast Asia with a family friend. After this experience, my plan for 2025 is to pursue higher education at a university, potentially in Canberra or Tasmania. I have a keen interest in studying biotechnology and exploring its intersection with the field of law.

Which accomplishments during your time in school are you most proud of?
I take great pride in the experiences I shared with my closest friends, especially our involvement in debating. It was a truly enjoyable activity where we struck a balance between having fun and giving our best efforts. Academically, my journey has been quite remarkable, and I feel a sense of accomplishment in reaching this point.

How did 鶹Ƶ contribute to your success in achieving your goals?
鶹Ƶ fosters such a positive and supportive community. Especially during the challenging exam period, my friends and teachers provided unwavering support. The school instills the important lesson that success is not solely defined by the end result,, but rather, the process and journey of reaching that point are equally significant. As this year comes to a close, I can reflect on the results, but I also deeply appreciate the beautiful moments shared with my classmates.

What was your favourite subject during VCE?
My favourite class was German, we were such a close-knit group that shared many laughs together. Furthermore, last year I had the awesome opportunity to doa three-month exchange journey in Germany, where I had the opportunity to stay near Frankfurt with a host family. I highly recommend participating in an exchange program as it was an incredibly enriching and wonderful experience. Not only does it provide the opportunity to improve language skills, but it also facilitates easier communication while traveling. The exchange program taught me valuable lessons about both myself and the world around me.

What message would you like to convey to your teachers?
To my teachers, I want to express my deepest gratitude for the incredible experience I had this year. I truly valued each and every one of you. I cannot thank you enough for the impact you have had on my education and personal growth. I firmly believe that my achievements are largely attributed to your passion and dedication. You made learning enjoyable, and your genuine care for us as individuals, rather than solely focusing on our results, made a significant difference. Once again, thank you for everything you have done for me.

SOPHIE CHRISTIE

What are your future aspirations?
I am incredibly fortunate to have received a scholarship at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where I will have the opportunity to pursue my passion for tennis. I will be studying biochemistry while also playing tennis on a daily basis. While my ultimate goal is to become a doctor and work in the field of medicine, tennis has always held a special place in my heart.

I have been playing the sport since I was five years old.My brother also attends 鶹Ƶ, and we both enjoy playing together on the first team, I have a lot of fond memories of game days. Now that I am 18, I didn’t want to let go of my love for tennis, so I explored different pathways and discovered that the American college system offered the best opportunity for me. I am incredibly excited to experience college life, including staying in the dorms and immersing myself in the American college system. It promises to be a fun and fulfilling experience!

Getting into an American university was a lengthy journey, but I engaged in numerous conversations with coaches, attended multiple meetings, and participated in various competitions. Balancing these commitments with my VCE studies was undoubtedly challenging, but thanks to the exceptional teachers at 鶹Ƶ, we managed to make it work. I think this will stand me in good stead for when I am juggling tennis practice and biochemistry.

Which accomplishments during your time in school are you most proud of?
As a newcomer to 鶹Ƶ, joining in Year 11 in 2022, I take pride in how I was able to integrate myself in the community. I have successfully managed to balance my extracurricular activities, maintain a fulfilling social life, spend quality time with my family, and achieve academic success.

How did 鶹Ƶ contribute to your success in achieving your goals?
鶹Ƶ has played an instrumental role in my success in achieving my goals, and I cannot express my gratitude enough. From the moment I joined, the school provided a tailored study plan that allowed me to focus on both academics and tennis, which are my passions. One significant contribution was enabling me to complete the Health Unit 3/4 subject in Year 11, reducing my workload to four subjects in Year 12. This gave me ample time to dedicate to studying and training in tennis.

There were moments when I doubted myself, but 鶹Ƶ provided unwavering support and positive affirmation, pushing me to reach my fullest potential. I am incredibly thankful for their assistance in gaining admission to Roosevelt University. The opportunities they provided and the level of education offered by Roosevelt were unparalleled, and I truly believe I would not have been able to achieve this without the help of 鶹Ƶ. They continually pushed me towards excellence and opened doors to numerous opportunities.


What message would you like to convey to your teachers?
To my teachers, I want to convey a heartfelt message of gratitude. This year, I have found immense enjoyment in all my subjects, and I attribute that to the incredible teachers I’ve had. Their dedication and support have been nothing short of amazing. Even when I felt overwhelmed or experienced self-doubt, they consistently pushed me to do my best. They reminded me of my capabilities as a hard worker and believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. I am truly grateful for their unwavering encouragement and belief in my potential.

EMILY ZALLMANN

What are your future aspirations?
My future aspirations involve studying medicine, biomedical science, or a related field at university. Having several family members in the medical profession has greatly influenced and inspired me. Witnessing the incredible impact they have on people’s lives motivates me to pursue a career where I can make a similar difference.

Which accomplishments during your time in school are you most proud of?
One of my proudest achievements in school was winning the AGSV Swimming championships, particularly in my Year 7 and Year 11, where we secured the Premiership. Those moments were truly unforgettable and hold a special place in my heart. It was an incredible experience, and felt like I was swimming in the Olympics, resembling a dream come true as a 13-year-old. Additionally, serving as the Vice Captain of the swim team was a great honour.

How did 鶹Ƶ contribute to your success in achieving your goals?
鶹Ƶ played a significant role in my journey towards achieving my goals. The school provided me with numerous opportunities and resources. If I expressed interest in pursuing something, the staff would go above and beyond to make it happen. 鶹Ƶ truly embraces the idea that the world is your oyster. Additionally, the relationships I built with my teachers were amazing. They were not only mentors but also friends, offering support and guidance during tough times.

What was your favourite subject during VCE?
Psychology has been my favorite subject during VCE. I have been fortunate to have the same teacher for three consecutive years, and I hold a deep admiration for her. Thank you, Ms. Rachel Fraser. Learning about the intricacies of the human brain has been highly fascinating and rewarding.

What message would you like to convey to your teachers?
Thank you to all my teachers. Your unwavering support during challenging times, tough love, and constant motivation have been instrumental in my growth and success. Thank you for being there for me.

CHRISTIAN HOWE

What are your future aspirations?
I plan to take a gap year to work part-time and focus on my endeavours in cricket. Ultimately, my goal is to pursue a career in cricket. Currently, I am part of VIC Metro Under 19 team, and I recently competed in the National Championship in NSW where our team finished 3rd. It was a challenging tournament, but overall, a great experience.

Which accomplishments during your time in school are you most proud of?
Being appointed as the Sport Captain and Captain of the Cricket Team this year has brought out my leadership skills. It has taught me how to effectively guide and support others. Additionally, being a Year 12 student has exposed me to the broader world. Through the various subjects we have studied this year, I have gained valuable knowledge beyond the confines of my immediate surroundings.

How did 鶹Ƶ contribute to your success in achieving your goals?
鶹Ƶ has played a crucial role in my success by keeping me grounded in reality. They have taught me the importance of hard work and earning my goals. This perspective has motivated me to consistently strive towards achieving my aspirations.

What was your favourite subject during VCE?

As someone who enjoys sports, Physical Education (PE) was my favorite subject during VCE. It was fascinating to learn about the human body and how it relates to sports.

What message would you like to convey to your teachers?
Thank you for everything you have done for my cohort and me. Your support and guidance have been invaluable. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

ELLA HINTON

What are your future aspirations?
I am planning to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy. I believe it would be an incredibly rewarding profession, as it allows me to make a positive impact on people’s lives and help them improve their overall well-being.

Which accomplishments during your time in school are you most proud of?
One of my proudest achievements in school was witnessing significant improvement in my English skills. I used to struggle in that area, but through hard work and dedication, I saw noticeable progress and felt a great sense of satisfaction.

What was your favourite subject during VCE?
As someone who enjoys science and sports, my favourite subjects during VCE were Physical Education (PE) and Biology.

How did 鶹Ƶ contribute to your success in achieving your goals?
鶹Ƶ played a crucial role in my journey towards achieving my goals. The teachers provided me with tremendous support and guidance. I knew I could always rely on them whenever I had questions or needed assistance. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all my teachers for everything they have done for me. Thank you so much!

CAITLIN COOPER

What are your future aspirations?
My future aspirations revolve around studying a Bachelor of Culinary Management at William Angliss Institute. Building upon my previous experience in VET Kitchen Operations during my VCE studies, this program allows me to pursue my passion in a field I deeply love. I have a particular fondness for desserts and pastries, and I wanted to find a course that goes beyond just cooking. My aim was to find a program that encompasses a wide range of skills, including cookery, recipe development, and sustainable procurement management.

One aspect that attracted me to this course is the incorporation of the business aspect of culinary management. I appreciate that I will be learning not only the culinary skills but also the business strategies involved in managing a culinary enterprise. Additionally, the opportunity to undertake a placement in an upscale restaurant or even abroad during the third year of the program is truly exciting. This practical experience will provide invaluable exposure and further enhance my skills and knowledge in the culinary field.


Which accomplishments during your time in school are you most proud of?
I take great pride in receiving a 鶹Ƶ Foundation award for my passion and skills in cooking. Additionally, I am proud of the decision I made to transfer to this school in Year 9, despite my initial reservations about leaving my friends behind. The opportunities that have unfolded since then have affirmed that it was the right choice for me. I am proud of myself for taking that leap and sticking to my decision.

One of my achievements that I am particularly proud of is joining the school orchestra. Music has always been a significant part of my life, and being able to pursue it within the school community has been a fulfilling experience. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to pursue a VET subject, furthering my knowledge and skills in a field I am passionate about.

Balancing my academic pursuits alongside my extracurricular interests has been another accomplishment I am proud of. I have been able to engage in various academic activities while still pursuing my passions in cooking and music. Overall, these accomplishments have shaped my time at school and have given me a sense of pride and fulfillment.

What message would you like to convey to your teachers?
Their impact on my life has been immeasurable, and I will always cherish the memories and lessons I have learned from them. They have played a significant role in shaping me into the person I am today and have consistently pushed me to become a better version of myself. I am truly grateful for their dedication, guidance, and unwavering support throughout my educational journey.

AVELYN RENOLDS

What are your future aspirations?
I am planning to pursue a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne. Music has been my passion since a very young age, and I have been playing the violin since I was three years old. I am thrilled to take my musical journey to the next level through higher education. My ultimate goal is to be a part of a symphony orchestra, whether it’s in Melbourne, London, or the Berlin Philharmonic. Gaining admission to Melbourne for a Bachelor of Music is a significant step towards achieving that dream.

Which accomplishments during your time in school are you most proud of?
I recently discovered that I earned a place in Top Drama, which is incredibly exciting. However, one of my most significant accomplishments has been serving as the Performing Arts Captain this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a leader for younger students and guiding them in an area that I am truly passionate about. Having played the violin for a long time, being able to lead in a field that I genuinely love has been a fantastic experience.

How did 鶹Ƶ contribute to your success in achieving your goals?
The teachers at 鶹Ƶ have been incredible sources of inspiration and have supported me in various ways. They have helped me grow as a musician and performer, and I have had numerous opportunities to express my story on different stages, which has been invaluable.

What message would you like to convey to your teachers?
I want to express a massive thank you to all my teachers. Their assistance and support have been vital in helping me reach my goals. I am immensely grateful for everything they have done, and I will truly miss them.

In the future, I would love to teach at 鶹Ƶ. To achieve this, I am working towards obtaining my Suzuki teaching qualifications. Suzuki teachers utilise creative and imaginative strategies in their teaching methods, incorporating musical games, recitals for groups of stuffed animals, rhythm and movement classes, and more. I have particularly enjoyed helping at the ELC Ebana concerts, where I see young children passionate about music. It allows me to connect with them as I was once in their shoes. If I have the opportunity to return, I would love to contribute to the Eblana music programs.

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