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December 16, 2021

They Who Conquered – Class of 2021 VCE Results

We are pleased to congratulate the Class of 2021 on their VCE results. They have achieved remarkable results in one of the most challenging learning environments in modern history. After spending more time learning from home than in classrooms over the past two years, students received their VCE results today. They reflect the hard work and efforts put in, not just by the students and staff but each of the families who have been there to encourage and assist. Of the students who completed their VCE, 90 received a score of 40 or above in at least one subject, putting them in the top 9 per cent in that subject in the state. Among them are 58 students who received an ATAR of 90 and above. Illustrating our continued success in ensuring all students reach beyond their potential, the median ATAR across all students was 89.05. Congratulations particularly to our Dux, Charlotte Gibbs, with an ATAR score of 99.7 and our Proxime Catina Chen, with a score of 99.25. Lucinda Mottram closely followed these top results with 99.2 and Emily Zhang with 98.95. Class of 2021 VCE Results Highlights: • 45% ATARs over 90 – Top 10% in Australia (almost half of our students) • 21% ATARS over 95 – Top 5% in Australia • Median ATAR 89.05 • 7 Perfect Study Scores (50) in Dance (VET), Geography, Health and Human Development and Further Mathematics • 39% Grades A or A+ • 18% Study Scores over 40 • 69% of students attained ATARs over 80 • Median Study Score 34 Congratulations to our graduates, and we look forward to watching them move on to a new chapter in their lives and welcoming them back as Firbank Grammar School Alumni.

October 22, 2021

Today show at Firbank

Firbank in the news again! We are leading the fight against COVID-19 with our rapid antigen testing, and Channel 9’s Today show came to report all about it. We are incredibly proud to be doing everything possible to keep our students feeling safe and happy for the rest of 2021 and beyond.

October 14, 2021

Firbank Grammar – The first school to on-site Rapid COVID test

Schools have a duty to keep students and staff safe, says Firbank Grammar, the first school in Victoria to introduce COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing for everyone on campus. With students set to return to on-site learning in schools, and COVID-19 cases rising, Firbank Grammar School will be the first school to provide rapid Covid-19 testing and will shortly be offering on-site booster vaccination doses. Starting on Thursday, October 14, 2021, all people who enter the Senior School site will be tested twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays). Testing will be administered by qualified medical personnel from TLC Healthcare and supervised by the school's medical staff. All tests will be provided free of charge and with the consent of parents and guardians. The rapid antigen test for COVID-19 is an accurate and reliable means of diagnosing COVID-19. With VCE students already on-site and preparing for exams, the school considers it is their duty to protect their students and community to achieve the best outcome for all, given the disruption to students' learning over the past 18 months. With remaining students scheduled to return to on-site learning on a phased basis set by the Victorian government and increasing cases of community transmission, Principal Jenny Williams says it has never been a more critical time to protect the school community. "If there were to be an outbreak in a school, we would need to close and clean the school immediately. It makes sense to reduce as many risks as we can, to prevent harm to our community and the long-term futures of students. We do not want our students to miss their final examinations when they have worked so hard over the past two years," she said. "At Firbank Grammar School, student achievement, wellbeing, and a strong community are at the core of what we do and everything we do as educators. Part of this is providing the safest possible environment. While we cannot eliminate all risks, we can follow our principles to do the best we can to flourish, especially in the most challenging times. If we all step up, get vaccinated, follow the rules, and do our best to keep safe, we can get to a 'new' normal way of life sooner," said Williams. VCE student Mackenzy Muller, who, as a student boarder, relies on the school to be safe to complete her studies, says that it's a relief to know that the school is doing all that it can to protect her during this critical time in her education. "It's a worrying time, exams, future choices and COVID-19; anything that can be done to keep us safe is a relief in possibly some of the most stressful times I can think of," she said. Page 2 of 2 The school says It has a duty to keep everyone in their care as safe as possible from COVID-19, and that means they should have a comprehensive health and safety strategy in place. Principal Jenny Williams says that it is logical to follow the best medical advice available and get ahead of the game. She says that the school's protection plan has three main elements: Firstly, vaccination is critical. The school has previously organised appointments for the entire student and staff body to be vaccinated and was the first to make vaccinations mandatory for staff. Additionally, the school will be offering on-site booster vaccinations in the coming months, when available via a dedicated health team from TLC Healthcare. This company provided the first and second doses of vaccinations for our community. Secondly, we all need to understand the importance of not coming to work or school feeling unwell. This is one of the most crucial factors in preventing transmission in the school. Once at school, we have made sure that all COVID-safe measures that could be taken have been taken. This includes airflow testing for all the classrooms and the use of purification devices where needed. Screening is the final element of our current plan. This means requiring all staff and visitors to be fully vaccinated and administering rapid antigen testing. The current list of permitted visitors will be updated following future changes to restrictions. The school says that rapid antigen testing will give parents the confidence to know that Firbank is doing all it can, to be responsible community members. "We all need to work together with the ever-changing rules and guidelines. We have learned more than ever how to be agile in our school, and we were ahead of the game when it came to online learning; we are leading the way now with on-site safety," Principal Jenny Williams said.

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