An impressive 12% of the 2019 student class has been accepted into medicine at universities across the country.
Excellent academic results achieved by Year 12s also saw 92% of students receive offers for early entry into their 1st or 2nd preference for university.
A massive 37% of girls chose a health pathway, with other students pursuing law, education, music, design, engineering, science, agriculture, IT, criminology and business. Each student has worked hard to establish a pathway through academic results, OP scores, traineeships and certificate qualifications with exciting prospects ahead.
Ekene Aghanwa, Katherine Chicalas, twins Namitha and Nikhitha Jacob, Brittney Nicholson, Thedini Pinidiyapathirage and Jamie Teo will approach 2020 and their courses in medicine with all the rigour and focus that led them to this point. The competitive application process to secure their place in medicine required proof of excellent academic results, a compelling written application, preparing for and sitting the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), and attending interviews across the country.
After considerable consultation with Mrs Sharon Currie, The Glennie School Careers Advisor, the girls gained work experience and undertook volunteer work in Years 10 and Year 11, worked together to prepare for the UCAT testing and attended mock interviews with community representatives. Ekene, Katie, Namitha, Nikhitha, Brittney, Thedini and Jamie are now reaping the reward for the many hours in preparation and commitment beyond their academic workload.
Namitha and Katherine have both chosen to focus on rural, remote and tropical medicine at James Cook University in Townsville. Namitha urges students interested in pursuing medicine to “start practising UCAT early. The exam is time-pressured, so it's best to practise loads and gain speed and familiarity in each subtest". Katherine agreed and said “it is important to realise how competitive the application process for medicine is. In interviews, exude confidence and be welcoming. People respond to body language as much as your spoken word, so sit up straight and smile".
Nikhitha, Thedini and Ekene have accepted a place in the Monash University medicine program. Brittney said “I've taken my first real step in actively pursuing my lifetime goal. Medicine combines all passion and drive, and I couldn't think of a more personally rewarding profession".
"The Glennie Year 12 students accomplished unprecedented academic results in 2019 through hard work and acquiring new skills. By trying new things, they are all now embracing future opportunities to find their passion," said Mr Peter Crawley, Principal, The Glennie School.
In 2020, The Glennie School urges its community to ‘be so good you can't be ignored’.