Jordon Lukan and Mika Setiaputra join a growing group from the school who are accepted into Medicine. Mika was the Melville SHS Dux and received an ATAR of 99.75. He will be studying a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Chemistry with a Direct Pathway to a Doctor of Medicine.
Getting into Medicine is not just about doing well academically, but also involves doing well in the UMAT (Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admission Test). Jordan’s UMAT of 172 (84th percentile) was outstanding. He volunteered as a St John’s first aid officer throughout Year 12 and is now also volunteering with disabled children at Red Cross.
The school is aware of six students who have gained entry into Medicine in the last three years. The UMAT challenges students in logical reasoning and problem solving; understanding people and non-verbal reasoning. The final ranking to get into Medicine is based on UMAT, ATAR and an Interview and is weighted 1:2:2 respectively. Approximately 65 ATAR students gain direct Bonded Medical Places (BMP) or 28.5%. The rest are selected as post-graduate placements.
Have ATAR will Travel
Students who have good marks are often travelling interstate to study with coveted places and scholarships being offered by Australia’s top universities. Bariq Harb (with an ATAR of 96.50) has been accepted into Aerospace Engineering at Monash University. Yixiao Zhan (ATAR 96.75) is going to study Computer Science at the University of NSW.
Mr Josh Barker Awarded People’s Choice Education Award 2017
After receiving hundreds of messages of thanks and appreciation from parents, students and the community for teachers and staff in public schools, one teacher has been voted The People’s Pick for 2017, our Maths teacher Mr Josh Barker. He was recognised by his Year 9 student Dean Morris who wrote a poem about “super inventive” Mr Barker.