Kangaroo Island Year 12s excel despite horror year in 2020

SCHOOL DUX: Ayisha Fearnside topped the class with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank score of 99.95. She is pictured at the poetry slam at the KI Airport last year. File photo
SCHOOL DUX: Ayisha Fearnside topped the class with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank score of 99.95. She is pictured at the poetry slam at the KI Airport last year. File photo

The Year 12 class of 2020 at Kangaroo Island Community Education has excelled academically despite a horror year of bushfires and then COVID-19.

Ayisha Fearnside topped the class with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank score of 99.95, studying chemistry, biology, English and Japanese.

She was just accepted this week for a double degree of Bachelor of Clinical Science and Doctor of Medicine at Flinders University that she plans to start next month.

Ayisha is also one of two KI students this year to receive $5000 from the KI Medical Clinic through the Country Education Fund.

She said she wanted to practice medicine in a rural area, probably as a GP, and could even come back to KI one day to work at the clinic.

Ayisha's ATAR score is the maximum any student can score and KICE principal Maxine McSherry said it was a huge accomplishment.

As were all the ATAR scores in the 90s, achieved by the KICE students: Carly Wilmott received 98.7, Liana Cockshell scored 97.5, Julia Hazelgrove got 97, Jai Turner got 96.1 and Bethany Leybourne scored 94.4.

"We were thrilled with the results for all your Year 12s and we had a 100 per cent pass rate," Mrs McSherry said.

"It's all the more rewarding for students and staff given the adverse impacts of the bushfires and then COVID we experienced last year.

"Many of our students started out the school year quite exhausted after helping out in many ways with the bushfires.

"These were very strong results indeed."

KICE was named the 2020 Regional School of the Year for the third year in the row at the Australian Education Awards. And KICE principal Maxine McSherry was also recognised with a Principal of the Year Excellence Award.

Other accomplishments of 2020 included Eliza Cruse's Year 5 class winning the Governor's Civic Award in the Primary School category.

Classes resume for 2021 at KICE's three campuses on Wednesday, January 27 but staff have already returned to prepare.