THE ALL-ROUNDER

Nina Morrison achieved an ATAR of 99.75 to put an exclamation mark on a year in which she was School Captain and drafted first overall by the Geelong Cats in the AFLW. Nina is the School's top VCE performer for 2018, having studied Biology, Chemistry (in which she achieved a perfect study score of 50), English and Specialist Maths in 2018, having already completed Maths Methods (CAS) and Physical Education in 2017.

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Nina, from Williamstown, led the School in 2018 alongside Lachlan Dodds, while also captaining the Girls' 1st Tennis team and the Girls' 1st Football team in their one-off fixture vs The Geelong College in Term 3. She played for the Girls' 1st Soccer team in Years 10, 11 and 12 (scoring 11 goals in 2018) and represented the School in Athletics on multiple occasions. Academically, she won the Charles Murray Maxwell Prize for Chemistry, Hannah Robertson Prize for School Captain, Heather Agnes O'Hare Memorial Prize for Physical Education and Mackinnon Prize for Mathematics.

Outside of school, Nina excelled on the football field. She won just about every major award in underage women's footy in 2018. Nina was named co-MVP of the Under 18 National Championships alongside Maddy Prespakis, who was taken with Pick 3 by Carlton and with whom Nina also shared the TAC Cup league best and fairest award this season. In October, she was drafted first overall by the Geelong Cats and, since the conclusion of exams, has been training with the Cats in the lead-up to the 2019 AFLW season, beginning in February.

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"It was a pretty busy year," Nina said, in what is one of the great understatements. "Having only four subjects (in Year 12) really helped, in terms of time management, while the structure (in the day boarding house) allowed me to utilise my prep time more efficiently and still have time for footy training and everything else." Nina plans to study Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin with a "stream of maths modelling, or some other maths subject in my elective block, to keep up my maths work and keep that option open (for future study)," Nina explained. 

Nina came to the School in Year 7, in Otway House, before progressing to Timbertop and spent her time at Senior School in Allen House - one of two Day Boarding houses at Corio, alongside Fraser. Nina's assertion regarding the structure of day boarding fostering strong study habits was reflected in the School's results with three of the top six ATAR scores coming from students in Allen or Fraser. 

Two students achieved perfect study scores in 2018; Nina, in Chemistry, and Eliza Radford in Visual Communication Design. Eliza, from Barwon Heads, achieved an ATAR of 97.50 and was over the moon with her results. Eliza had originally planned to study Science but, given her ATAR, hopes to study Bio Medicine at the University of Melbourne in 2020, after taking a GAP year in America.

In 2018, the School had 156 VCE candidates and 66 International Baccalaureate (IB) candidates (IB results will be released on January 3). Our VCE students achieved a median ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) of 72.3, which means the top half of our VCE students were in the top 27.7% of the State. 15 VCE students (9.9%) achieved an ATAR score of 90 or better (top 10%).