Congratulations to Grace He in Year 10 for not only completing Units 3/4 (Year 12) Mathematics Methods this year, but then achieving a perfect 50 study score!
Ms Kathy Harrison, one of MLC’s teachers involved with the Compass Program that provides learning enhancement to students, encouraged Grace to take on the challenge after her success in Accelerated Maths over the previous years.
Whilst it isn’t unusual to have students a year level below in a VCE class, sharing a class with students two years older is a little more unusual. “The other students were really accepting,” Grace says. “Some of them didn’t realise I was actually two years below them.”
Additionally, sitting an actual VCE exam a couple years early could seem daunting, but Grace took it in her stride.
“It felt like other exams I have done,” she says. “For Olympiad training they have four hour exams, so I’ve built up the stamina for it. But it will help for future exams, definitely.”
Earlier this year, Grace also represented Australia at the 2018 European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad held in Florence (click here to read the article)
It has been an unusual journey for Grace; she also completed Units 1/2 (Year 11) Specialist Maths. Last year, she also had to plan her first units of Mathematical Methods around spending a term at Marshmead! She credits being able to balance the workload with the help of her teachers: “They have been really supportive.”
Reflecting on last Friday morning when she learnt of her result, “I wasn’t really nervous. You can’t do anything about beforehand, so you just have to accept it.”
Grace is now looking forward to moving into Year 11 and continuing her VCE studies, alongside keen interests such as coding.
Nevertheless, her hard work this year has clearly paid off. Well done, Grace!