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Isabelle thrilled to be a part of record setting class

Written on the 21 January 2016

After a big year of study, stress and sacrifice, the grades are in and Hills students have something to smile about following a year of academic achievements, with a record number of students achieving subject merits for the highest possible score, in 2015.

While Year 12 can seem an overwhelming time for many, balancing a social life, extra curricular activities and study was no problem for 18-year-old Isabelle Blacketer from Stirling, who achieved three merits across her Year 12 subjects.

The Scotch College student was recognised for her achievement in English Studies, Modern History and Solo Performance and said balancing all of the competing priorities of Year 12 wasn't always easy, but having a group of friends who held similar priorities made life a lot simpler.

"I was fortunate everyone in my group of friends all shared the same goals for Year 12, if you have different priorities it can be easy to get distracted and lose focus," she said.

"The hardest part was staying motivated and I found something that really helped me was reflecting on what my goals were and why I wanted to achieve them."

Ms Blacketer said she found having her own quiet space to study allowed her to work more efficiently which left more time for her other interests including classical singing.

"Make sure you have a good study space free of distractions and don't be afraid to talk to your teachers if you are a little overwhelmed," she said.

With a record number of Year 12s completing their SACE last year it is no surprise the next generation of keen students such as Mount Barker's Hayley Barney are set to begin their final year with an A+ under their belt.

The 16-year-old Westminster School student achieved a merit for her research project which was completed a year earlier than normal while she was still in Year11.

Ms Barney received the highest possible mark for her investigation into the benefits of creep feeding goats from a young age and advises other students to pursue projects they find interesting.

"I think I was able to do so well because this was a project I was very passionate about," she said.

"It is a long subject and I know a lot of people struggle to stay motivated the whole time but that wasn't really an issue for me as I was really interested in agriculture and so I genuinely enjoyed working on my project."

With a long year of study ahead Ms Barney said she feels more relaxed now that she has completed one of her subjects a year earlier.

"I really learned a lot about time management and how to deal with setbacks during my research project, and I am glad I will be able to bring those new skills into Year 12."

 

-- Original article appeared in Mount Barker Courier, 20 January 2016 by Rhody Gleeson. Photo: Mount Barker Courier


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