Port Augusta Secondary School's Class of 2018 celebrates

EXCELLENCE: Port Augusta Secondary School graduates Emma Hancock and Jasmyn Munns were the school's highest achievers in 2018.
EXCELLENCE: Port Augusta Secondary School graduates Emma Hancock and Jasmyn Munns were the school's highest achievers in 2018.

Port Augusta Secondary School (PASS) has been celebrating the success of its Class of 2018, with 38 students completing their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

Jasmyn Munns was the school’s top scorer with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 95.05, followed closely by Emma Hancock on 94.9.

Other high achievers were Ellie Spinks (85.15), Sophie Anderson (83.45), Joel Riding (80.05) and Maddie Whipps (74.8).

Highlighting the high standards that they set for themselves, Jasmyn and Emma were not exactly over the moon upon receiving their exceptional results.

“I was a little disappointed at the start because I always try to push myself to do as best as I can, but I got into what I wanted to get into, so I’m happy,” Jasmyn said.

“I was a bit disappointed when I found out my score,” Emma agreed. “But I was really happy once I got the offer because I got into my first preference.”

Jasmyn and Emma were two of 10 PASS students who received first round offers into their first preference course.

Jasmyn has been accepted into the University of Adelaide to study a Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour), while Emma is set to take on a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of South Australia.

With a subject combination of outdoor education, mathematics, psychology and biology, Jasmyn said completing assignments early helped her stay on top of the heavy workload.

“Year 12 was pretty stressful, but I always wrote myself little notes and to-do lists after school,” she said.

“I’d go home and decide which assignment to finish first and smash that out, then get ready for the next one.”

Emma, who studied biology, psychology, outdoor education and English literary studies, said her advice for the Class of 2019 would be to stay organised and build strong relationships with teachers.

“It makes everything easier when the teachers want to spend time to help you out,” she said.

PASS had a significant number of students achieve their SACE through vocational education and training (VET), giving students a wide range of career pathways.

Year 11/12 Senior Leader Sandy Glamuzina congratulated PASS’ 2018 graduates on a successful year.

“We are proud of all our students for the hard work and commitment they showed throughout the year, and we wish them the best in their chosen fields,” she said.

Jasmyn and Emma both loved their time at PASS, and are nervous, but very excited to commence their tertiary education.

“I’m really looking forward to uni … hopefully it all goes well,” Jasmyn said.