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Investigator College students have again excelled in their final Year 12 results. Staff and students waited with anticipation to see the results of which not only reflect the pressures of a hectic Year 12, but which also represent the culmination of 13 years of schooling.

The results have yet again underlined the College’s reputation for academic excellence, and its commitment to offering courses face-to-face, taught by subject experts. Investigator College’s Director of Teaching and Learning, Mr Andrew Panozzo, said “All students eligible to gain their SACE did so – a 100% pass rate! In addition, an increasing number of students are utilising the flexible structure of the SACE Certificate by electing to complete their SACE over three years and studying several “non-traditional” and vocationally oriented studies such as the nationally accredited Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management, Horticulture, Information, Digital Media and Technology, Retail Operations, Christian Ministry, and Pharmacy amongst others.” In fact, nine different Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificates were studied by Investigator College students.

College Principal Mr Don Grimmett noted that the results reflected that the College has invested heavily and facilities, staff and programs. “Our-state-of-the-art Senior School has given all our senior students the opportunity to excel in a truly adult, 21st century facility. The $7 million investment in the Senior School was also complemented by a $1 million dollar Technology Centre, as well as a $1.2 million upgrade to our Trade Skills Centre at our unique Currency Creek EcoCentre”.

“In addition to the wide variety of VET and work-related opportunities, the majority of our graduates (72%) applied for university places,” Mr Panozzo. “And the results are truly excellent – in fact, our College’s results continue to rival those of the elite Independent Schools in capital cities.”

The College’s Dux is Sophie Woods, whose 97.4 ATAR just pipped several other students in the high 90s.  Runner-up Dux is Taryn Coleman.
The College again boasted four SACE merits in the subjects of English and Research Project. Congratulations to Lucinda Watts, Isobelle O’Brien, Joshua Grist and Laurlily Kouma.

Mr Panozzo commented, “What is particularly pleasing is that the 2017 results show consistent high achievement in a wide variety of subject areas. For example, in the highly competitive University Prerequisite studies of Mathematical Methods, Chemistry, Biology and Specialist Mathematics, around 50% of our students received an A. Investigator College’s results are proof that we can deliver academic excellence on the South Coast – no one needs to travel to Adelaide to fulfil their potential.”

Mrs Belinda Delyster, Dean of Senior Students, puts some of the success down to the personalised attention, guidance and one-to-one counselling students received. “We help students to assess their own interests, passions and to set high goals for themselves.” The College is structured so as to also allow  for students to specialise in highly specialised areas such as Hospitality, Visual Arts, Drama, Music to name but a few.  Mrs Delyster also commented, “The new Senior School has brought all our students together in a University and TAFE like setting – it is truly a 21st century learning hub that makes full use of the very latest advances in learning technologies such as e-learning and modern, flexible and spacious learning environments.”

College CEO and Principal, Mr Don Grimmett, concurred, adding: “The educational landscape for Australian students is rapidly evolving and is characterised by flexibility, choice and competitiveness on an international scale. Students do best when they are able to choose subjects they are interested in and passionate about. It is for these reasons that the College is committed to continuing to offer a large selection of subjects and educational pathways. We already offer in excess of 40 SACE and VET programs, and this will continue to expand. Key to this expansion, however, is our commitment to face-to-face teaching, in generally small classes, by renowned subject specialist teachers.”

Mr Grimmett concluded by saying that the 2017 results were a testimony to the efforts of all students and staff. “Whilst we are justifiably proud of our superb results, we are mindful that the SACE and academic results are only one part – though obviously an important one – of what it means to be a great school in the 21st century. There is no simple number that can measure all the other things such as pastoral care and co-curricular activities that enrich students’ lives”.

Investigator College’s results at a glance:

The majority of graduates (72%) applied for university. Of these:

Average ATAR: 81.9

24% of graduates scored an ATAR of 90 or above

51% of graduates scored an ATAR of 80 or above

77% of graduates scored an ATAR of 70 or above

SACE Merits= 4:   Two in English and two Research Project


2017 Stage 2 Individual Subject Winners

Agricultural and Horticulture Rhys Wellington
Biology Taryn Coleman
Business and Enterprise Taylor Hughes
Communication Products -Photography Amber Black
Chemistry Sophie Woods
English Literary Studies Lucinda Watts
English Laurlily Kouma and Joshua Grist
* Merit winners
Essential English Rachel Wood
Food and Hospitality Taryn Coleman
Geography Jude Mills
Information Technology Jarrah Furbank-Meyer
Information Processing and Publishing Rachel Wood
Overall Music Award Inc Ensemble, Solo, Performance Special Study – Isobel Pitt
Essential Mathematics Lauren Beckett
General Mathematics Jude Mills
Mathematical Methods Sophie Woods
Modern History Joshua Grist and
Jude Mills
Specialist Mathematics Jacob Hodge
Physical Education Jack Wade
Psychology Sophie Woods
Physics Jacob Hodge
Research Project Isobelle O’Brien and Lucinda Watts
* Merit Winners
Visual Arts Paris Saundry

Dux – Sophie Woods

Runner-up Dux – Taryn Coleman

Four Merit Winners –

Lucinda Watts and Isobelle O’Brien in Research Project

and Joshua Grist and Laurlily Kouma in English



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