2020 ATAR success stories
Chuting (Tina) Tang - Balwyn High School
|Hangzhou, China||Reading, swimming, writing, and watching TV||English as an Additional Language (EAL), Maths Methods, Specialist Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Chinese First Language||99.95|
"As an international student, I was so glad to have the chance to study in Melbourne, and especially, in Balwyn High School. It was so exciting to see the '99.95' on my screen and I know that it would be an impossible ATAR to obtain without the support from my teachers and classmates. 2020 has been a tough year, but Victorian students all have worked very hard. So I want to tell future VCE students that, as long as you try your best with constant effort, nothing is impossible.", said Tina.
In the most tumultuous year 2020, Tina felt fine overall but the biggest challenge for her was to adapt to remote learning. She overcame this challenge by planning out her daily learning schedule every morning so she could continue learning effectively outside the school.
In 2020, Tina was the winner of the Year 11 Academic Excellence and Student Leadership Awards at the Victorian Global Learning Awards in recognition of achieving her academic goals and also getting involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
Tina is an outstanding scholar who has won many awards for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Chinese Language and Public Speaking. As a student ambassador, Tina uses her strong communication skills in both Chinese and English to guide parents and visitors on tours of the school. She also holds a first aid certificate and was a youth volunteer with St John Ambulance, as well as a registered volunteer with the Overseas Chinese Education Foundation (OCEF), helping underprivileged children in rural China to access education.
"I believe it is important to force yourself to overcome the problems you met as a leader, and your confidence will accumulate through your leadership journey.", said Tina.
Balwyn High School's principal, Deborah Harman, said, "She has impressed her fellow participants with her intelligence, work ethic and appreciation of global issues and solutions. She has been a wonderful student leader at Balwyn High School and has positively impacted on current and future ISP students that follow her."
Tina's first preference is Medicine (including a Master's degree) at Monash University in 2021.