Home' The Mt Barker Courier : The Courier - 2018-01-24 Contents PAGE 10 – The Courier Wednesday, January 24, 2018
By Rhody Gleeson
A Highland Valley student has
shown you don’t have to stress to
perform at your best, recording a
near perfect score in his Year 12
Joe Milne’s ability to keep a cool head
throughout a year of study paid off as
the 17-year-old achieved an Australian
Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of
99.90, the second highest possible score
placing him in the top 0.1% of school-
leavers across the country.
Despite his table-topping efforts,
there was no rush to discover his marks
when results were released in the lead
up to Christmas.
While most waited anxiously for their
results, Joe relaxed in the Grampians
on a family holiday and only discovered
his score after a morning stroll to access
the camp-site wifi. “I know it’s a pretty
big thing for a lot of people, but I was
lucky in that I was already confident I
had got into the uni course I wanted so
I guess the final score didn’t matter as
much,” he said. “It was definitely a big
Joe’s preferred course was a Bachelor
of Advanced Sciences at the University
of Adelaide, a degree with a lofty
entrance score of 95, but his consistent
performance throughout the year
ensured he was a shoe-in for the
popular research-focused degree.
His study style was a perfect fit with
his stress-free approach to school,
preferring to hit the books inside the
family’s old caravan which had been
converted into an ideal study space.
“I was able to get away from all
distractions in there which was
perfect,” he said. Unfortunately an
issue with the air-conditioning early
in the year forced Joe to retreat to the
family home for much of Year 12, but
he managed to stay on track.
“I would plan a list of things that I
wanted to do in a day and while I would
rarely actually get through everything,
it gets you going and gives you a bit of
direction which is helpful,” he said.
Never one to over-think things,
Joe spent the final two hours before
his maths exam chatting with his
teacher while other students furiously
attempted a last minute cram.
“If anything I think the most stressful
part is the five minutes between sitting
down in front of the paper and being
allowed to start writing, that’s the calm
before the storm,” he said.
Joe was one of just three Hills
students to achieve a merit – a perfect
score – across three subjects with
Hahndorf residents Samuel Schultz of
Cornerstone College and Alice Beltchev
from Glenunga International High
School also joining the triple merit club.
Highland Valley teenager Joe Milne, 17, discovered a stress-free approach was the best way to tackle Year 12 achieving a near
perfect ATAR score of 99.90.
for 99.9 ATAR
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Alexandrina Mayor Keith Parkes also
said his council would not consider
changing the date and was not aware of
concerns among local Indigenous groups,
with whom it had a “close relationship”.
“I’m sure if they have any concerns at
all (about Australia Day) they would have
discussed them (with us),” he said.
Meanwhile, Adelaide Hills Mayor Bill
Spragg said while there were no plans to
change the council’s celebrations, he would
be in favor of a national date change to
acknowledge when the nation was formed
rather than NSW’s foundation day.
Peramangk elder Ivan-Tiwu Copley has
worked with local councils to ensure their
Australia Day celebrations acknowledge
the traditional owners through a welcome
to country and a brief history of the
traditional owners of the land.
He will be attending the Adelaide Hills
Council’s Stirling celebration this year
and said he believed council celebrations
should continue as usual.
“The day is about celebrating people’s
achievements, both aboriginal and non-
aboriginal – it’s not about the date,” he
The date of Australia Day has been
under scrutiny for many years, however,
the controversy gained traction last year
when Melbourne’s City of Yarra decided
not to acknowledge the day, with two other
Victorian councils following suit.
The Federal Government has rejected a
push by the Greens to change the Australia
Day date, while the State Liberal Party
announced it would force SA councils to
hold celebrations on January 26 if elected
No change to
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