BRIDGET Byrne woke up to a nice surprise, not completely aware of the day.
The St Joseph's student had planned a day in paradise before realising her VCE results would come out.
She was ecstatic when she saw her ATAR score of 96.65 and was able to share the news and celebrations with her family.
“I just couldn't look,” she said.
“My dad looked at the letter and saw my study scores and they weren't too bad.”
“My motto for the whole year has been ‘it's not bad until it is’ so I looked at my app and my family and I just had to celebrate early in the morning.”
And some of her best memories came from school, particularly with her peers and teachers.
“Of course it was stressful, but my teachers made the subjects bearable and we were all able to get through it together,” she said.
Bridget had a stellar group of marks with study scores of 41 in English, 44 in physical education, 42 in chemistry, 39 in biology, 30 in specialist maths and a 33 in mathematical methods.
And although not 100 per cent sure of her future, she knows it will come to her in the long run.
“I've put in for a double degree of commerce and arts at Deakin Burwood, I know it's a bit different, but that's what I think I want,” she said.
St Joseph's College principal Michael Delaney was proud of his students’ efforts.
“St Joseph’s College students have received VCE results that indicate that the vast majority of them have made the most of the learning opportunities provided for them,” he said.
“I am confident that these results will allow the majority of our students to be looking back at their 2019 efforts with no regrets.”
Other students who obtained an ATAR score in the 90s were Johanna Ritchie (96.15), Margaret Green (94.2), Jessie Bennett (93.45), Phoeby Chapman (92.85), Senan McNulty (90.6), and Lucy Higgins (90.25).
These students received study scores over 40: Johanna Ritchie biology (41), Georgia Shorland business management (40), Bridget Byrne chemistry (42), English (41), and physical education (44), Senan McNulty chemistry (42), Phoebe Dargan allied health (42), Cassandra Hooper allied health (43), Jade Hyndman allied health (41), Emmy McDougal allied health (42), Grace Membrey allied health (41), Shae Oliver allied health (46) and health and human development (40), Margaret Green English (43) and health and human development (45), Lucia Rochford English (42), Macey Brereton health and human development (41), Phoeby Chapman further mathematics (45), Joyce Leung mathematical methods (41) and Lucy Higgins physical education (41).
“These individuals, along with most of their fellow students, have applied themselves to their studies with diligence and commitment throughout the 2019 academic year,” Michael said.
“Those wishing to move onto tertiary study now have the wait for offers of places. We expect most of these students to gain entry to further study in the areas that they have chosen.”