• Hannah Phillips

Record Number of Country Students Complete SACE

Students in regional South Australia are top of the class after a record 4,050 completed their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

2017 saw 55 more students complete their SACE than the 3,995 in 2016.

A total of 107 merit certificates were also awarded this year, going to 91 students in regional areas.

More Aboriginal students than ever have completed their SACE, with 377 Aboriginal students completing all requirements this year, 58 more than in 2016.

The numbers showed 157 of the successful Aboriginal students also came from country areas - 44 more than in 2016.

A total of 707 students completed a Certificate III VET qualification while completing their SACE, while 91 students from country South Australia areas completed SACE and studied at least one Modified subject.

SACE Board of South Australia Acting Chief Executive Jan Raymond hailed the outstanding academic achievements of South Australia’s regional SACE students.

“It’s a fantastic accomplishment to have another record breaking year of students from country South Australia completing their SACE,” Ms Raymond said.

“Their academic achievements today are a culmination of 13 years hard work throughout their schooling.

“I commend the work of schools, school leaders and teachers in rural and regional South Australia who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to each of their students to help them achieve their goal of completing the SACE.”

Three country students were also among the 25 named as Governor of South Australia Commendation recipients, recognising outstanding achievement in Year 12 subjects and the qualities young people need for community life, citizenship, and work.

Catherine Sloper from Flow region 90.9fm Kadina (Kadina Memorial School) achieved a Merit for her Research Project, which she completed as a Year 11 student.

Since 2006 Catherine has been a member of the Australian Plants Society and is the only junior member of its Northern Yorke Peninsula sub-branch.

She has also been involved in revegetation programs, workshops and working bees, annual plant sales and planning field trips.

Catherine is also a senior member of the local dance group, Karen Lee Dance Academy, and is a vital member of the Kadina Memorial Royal Adelaide Agricultural Show.

Sonia Kleinig from Flow region 99.5fm Nuriootpa (Nuriootpa High School) also was a recipient of the award.

Sonia is a dedicated member of the Nuriootpa Town Band and is involved in numerous performances and pageants, and plays the clarinet for her church.

She participates in an extensive range of extra-curricular activities, including the role of secretary of her local church youth group.

Flow FM congratulates all regional students on their schooling success in 2017.

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