Benalla’s FCJ College held its annual Dux Assembly on Monday, February 5, with the class of 2017 being recognised for outstanding achievement.
Those who achieved the highest study score in each subject were acknowledged by the whole school community for their outstanding efforts.
College principal Joanne Rock congratulated all students, highlighting the success of the College Dux Abbey Pearce and the Runner-Up Dux Taylah Kirk, and praised them for their commitment and persistence.
‘‘Our awardees today have shown us what can be achieved through hard work and talent,’’ Ms Rock said.
‘‘Their example, their passion and their dedication are an inspiration to us all. These are fabulous results by any measure, but I think that Abbey, Taylah and the other award recipients’ approach to their Year 12 highlighted what is really important.
‘‘Your ATAR score is simply a number and recognition of your Year 12 academic achievements.
‘‘It does not measure all that you achieve, nor define who you are personally and it certainly does not define your future.
‘‘Your future is in your hands and depends on your dreams, your commitment and sheer hard work, which turns your dreams into a reality and often leads to excellence and success.
‘‘As Winston Churchill once said: ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.’
‘‘All of these students will continue to fail, learn from those mistakes, press on and achieve big things, because each one of them can see the benefits of hard work and effort.
‘‘I wish them all the very best in the next part of their journey and will leave them and all of you with this last point to ponder: The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do... so get out there and do what it takes to be the best you can be.’’
Abbey, the dux with an impressive ATAR score of 92.55, also addressed the community and passed on some of her strategies and tips that she believed assisted her during the year.
‘‘Success in Year 12 certainly does not come from hard work done in just one year, but from six years of determination and perseverance,’’ Abbey said.
‘‘So I cannot stress the importance of always trying even when it isn’t ‘the cool thing’ to do, as at the end of the day you will be the one who succeeds.
‘‘I would not be standing here without the help of my wonderful teachers, not just in Year 12, but from Year 7.
‘‘Your teachers become your friends during your VCE years, they are there to support you all the way, so never hesitate to ask them questions or simply have a chat with them.
‘‘Also, do not forget how important your family is during this year, after all they are the ones who are right there to support you and keep you going till the very end.
‘‘Remember the importance of having balance in your life. For me I never studied on Friday nights — it was my only break for the week but in the end you need to work out what suits you best.’’
Abbey concluded her speech by wishing this year’s students the best of luck.
The assembly was followed by lunch for all the award recipients, their teachers and parents.