Tuesday, 25 Jan 2022

West Moreton Anglican College students shine in ATAR

A student who dreams of one day becoming a spacecraft designer and another who aspires to work with robotics were West Moreton Anglican College’s two highest 2021 ATAR achievers.

Academic captain Timothy Prochon received WestMAC’s top score with a 98.55, closely followed by Emma Robertson (98.3). Both students have gained early entry into studying engineering at Queensland University of Technology with Emma winning a QUT Excellence Scholarship (Academic).

Timothy, who has been interested in rocket and spacecraft design since he was four years old, plans to study mechanical engineering.

The former WestMAC academic scholarship holder, who has seven siblings, identified several reasons for his success.

“Our WestMAC teachers made excellent power points which helped with our study,’’ Timothy said. ““I was fortunate to have fantastic teachers for every subject.’’

Emma also praised WestMAC’s “passionate’’ teachers for helping her to engage with her subjects as she plans to study mechatronics to pursue her interest in robotic engineering. She achieved a 48 out of 50 in two subjects in the ATAR external exams – Physics and Mathematical Methods.

“WestMAC has helped me to achieve my potential in all areas including academically and extra-curricular, especially being in such a supportive environment,’’ she said. “I’m fascinated with robotics because it’s the intersection with hardware and software as well as incorporating coding.’’

Not only did Emma excel academically but she was also a member of WestMAC’s award-winning Chorale and hockey teams, while she raised more than $4000 by shaving her hair for the Leukemia Foundation’s Shave For A Cure event in 2021.

WestMAC Principal Geoff McLay praised the commitment of Senior School teachers, who not only instilled a love of learning into students but who delivered above and beyond to ensure students were fully prepared for external exams.

“Our innovative Senior School teaching programs and strategies are designed to assist students develop the skills and knowledge to ensure they are ready to achieve their assessment and exam goals,’’ Mr McLay said. “Our dedicated and talented teachers and mentors provide each student with the resources they need to aspire to achieve individual excellence in their chosen subject area.’’

For more information about academic and extra-curricular opportunities at WestMAC, and to learn about applying for one of nine different scholarships, click here.

For more information:

West Moreton Anglican College Senior Communications and Events Officer

Fiona Purdon

P:07 3813 4518 and M: (0429) 491 335