Local student is one of the states brightest

Impressive academic: Tobias Turner with his father Corey.

Impressive academic: Tobias Turner with his father Corey.

Local student Tobias Turner has showed off his academic success from this year after graduating from Tatachilla Lutheran College with an ATAR of 98.7.

Adding to his impressive ATAR score Tobias told On the Coast that he took on five subjects instead of the usual four which Year Twelve students complete, these subjects included: Specialist Maths, Mathematical Methods, English Literary Studies, Physics and Chemistry. 

Now that he has finished his secondary studies, Tobias now hopes to be accepted into medicine at Adelaide University.

Corey Turner, Tobias’s Dad said he is very proud of his son and wishes him all the best going forwards in his studies.

As if his score was not already impressive enough Tobias is also the first boy to receive the Governor of South Australia Commendation – Aboriginal Student SACE Excellence Award and also received a Governor of South Australia Commendation.

Tobias played a key leadership role in the development of the College’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community policies and practices. Tobias has been a mentor, supporting students and staff regarding Aboriginal perspectives within the community, curriculum and Reconciliation Action Plan Committee.

He has represented and worked alongside his community at a local and state level, including being part of a group who worked with the Government to explore the creation of a Kaurna Cultural Centre at Belair National Park.

He also works with a language group who have promoted the Kaurna language and have been involved in consultation across sectors regarding appropriate use, spelling and signage of language.

This year a total 14,824 students completed the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

  • 97.4% of Year 12 students, enrolled as of October 2018, successfully completed their SACE.
  • 3840 students in country South Australia completed their SACE.
  • 42.4% of SACE completers included VET (Vocational Education and Training) in their studies.
  • 364 Aboriginal students completed their SACE.
  • 1141 merit certificates were awarded to 902 students across the state.
  • 2488 students completed a VET Certificate III as part of their SACE, 283 more than last year.
  • The number of students with an intellectual disability who completed their SACE (with one or more modified subjects) increased to 239 this year.

Education Minister John Gardner has congratulated the Class of 2018 on their achievements.

“While it is not the be all and end all, completing the SACE is an important achievement in many of our students’ lives and the culmination of many years of hard work, and I congratulate our young people on their efforts,” said Minister Gardner.

“I also welcome the increase in the number of students completing their SACE with a skills-based VET qualification.

“The ability for students to complete their SACE with a VET qualification is in line with the Government’s commitment to offer more opportunity and choice for young South Australians to develop the knowledge and skills for the jobs of the future.”