Academic Results

Congratulations to the Class of 2017

BGS congratulates the Class of 2017 for achieving some of the most successful academic results in our history. Of the 124 boys, 42% achieved an ATAR score of 90 or above.

Special congratulations to the Dux of 2017, David Lawlor, who achieved a perfect ATAR score of 99.95.

“These results are testament to our staff, to our parents and, most of all, to every single young man in the Class of 2017. They are an indication of the growing strength of the academic culture at BGS and I could not be more gratified,” said a proud Headmaster, Ross Featherston.

The Stats

86.90 MEDIAN ATAR – Half our boys are in the top 13% of the nation.

  • 6% of boys scored an ATAR of 99 or above placing them in the top 1% of students in Australia.
  • 24% of boys scored an ATAR of 95 or above placing them in the top 5% of students in Australia.
  • 42% of boys scored an ATAR of 90 or above placing them in the top 10% of students in Australia.
  • 52% of boys scored an ATAR of 85 or above placing them in the top 15% of students in Australia. 
  • 65% of boys scored an ATAR of 80 or above placing them in the top 20% of students in Australia.

Congratulations to the four boys who achieved a perfect subject score of 50 out of 50. Ben Durkin in English and Global Politics; Simon Farrow in English; Max Laumets in Further Mathematics; and Jack Liu (Year 11) in Specialist Mathematics.

2017 High Achievers

Congratulations to the following boys who received an ATAR of 90 or higher (in alphabetical order, not by ATAR achieved):

Matthew Acheson, Ser Gin (Marcus) Ang, Thomas Ashman, Elliott Ayers, Oliver Barden, Thomas Benton, Maxwell Bladen, Marcus Burnside, Maxwell Burt, Dan Canta, Jack Carlson, Jackson Collins, Mitchell Dekker, Oscar Donald, Thomas Downs, Wilson Du, Benjamin Durkin, Lachlan Ewers, Simon Farrow, Tian Wei Feng, Callum Furey, Mitchell Hughes, Harry Hynes, Alfred Jarnestrom, Samuel Kastrinakis, Max Laumets, Benjamin Lawlor, David Lawlor, William Lewis, Wenkai Li, Sam Luo, Jack Mason, Nicholas Mennie, Joseph Micari, Jacob Ni, Harry Osborne, Julian Ou, Alexander (Sasha) Parsons, Henry Petch, Oliver Platt, Xavier Pym, Ryan Riddell, Paris Sitzoukis, Branko Skocic, Joshua Smith, Jack Summerfield, Robert Tongs, Dane Van Heemstede Obelt, Shiqing (Michael) Wang, Zachary Warren, Hamish Whillas and Jingxin Zeng.


The Dux
David Lawlor
(BGS 2010-2017)
ATAR 99.95

David achieved a perfect ATAR score of 99.95, the highest ATAR result for BGS for over 10 years. David came to BGS in Year 5 and has been an integral member of his cohort, and of the School, since that time. The diversity of his activities are evidence of his all-round ability. He has received awards in Chemistry, English, Latin and Mathematics, as well as representing the School in Chess (Full Colours) and Debating and Public Speaking (Full Colours). 

David’s passion for Armstrong House and his contribution to the School in the areas of leadership and culture have been appreciated by both boys and staff. In 2017, he served as a Prefect and was a member of the Senior School Student Council.

David is hoping to study Arts/Specialist Mathematics at The University of Melbourne.


Learn more about the boys who achieved 99+ 

Benjamin (Ben) Durkin
(BGS 2010-2017)
ATAR 99.80

As Captain of School, Ben has set an example to his peers both inside and outside the classroom. His many activities have included Debating (DAV A-grade), Athletics (Full Colours; APS Award for Service and Selflessness) and Senior School musical ensembles. His teachers constantly comment on his excellent work ethic and determination to achieve his best.

In 2017, Ben’s skillful leadership was on display in his role as Co-Vice Captain of the Cricket First XI. He was also a Prefect and a Chapel Server, and a member of the Student Wellbeing Committee.

Ben is one of only two Victorian students chosen to study at ANU, Canberra in 2018 as a Tuckwell Scholar.

Ben is hoping to study Law/Philosophy/Politics as a Tuckwell Scholar at The Australian National University, Canberra.


Zachary Warren
(BGS 2008-2017)
ATAR 99.65

A BGS student since Year 3, Zachary has won a raft of academic prizes (including for Latin, Physics and French) as well as praise from his teachers. He has been involved in School life across a variety of areas and has been a wonderful School citizen, looking out for the interests of his student peers and working for the betterment of his community. He was awarded Full Colours for St John Ambulance. He served as a Prefect in Year 12.

Zachary is hoping to study Medicine at Monash University.


Julian Ou
(BGS 2009-2017)
ATAR 99.50

Since joining BGS in Year 4, Julian has managed to balance his dedication to music and his academic studies to great acclaim. In Year 11, he achieved a perfect study score of 50 in Music and was awarded the Premier’s VCE Award. His cello solo at the Melbourne Recital Centre was a highlight of 2017 for many. 

Julian has displayed exceptional leadership in many areas, including as a Prefect, Co-Vice Captain of Music (Full Colours) and Leader of a number of ensembles, Co-Vice Captain of the Tennis First VIII (Full Colours for three years in a row) and Vice Captain of Debating.

Julian is hoping to study Commerce at The University of Melbourne.


Alexander (Sasha) Parsons
(BGS 2012-2017)
ATAR 99.35

During his six years at BGS, Sasha has proven himself a true all-rounder, managing to excel academically while taking part in a variety of extra-curricular activities. As Captain of Basketball (Full Colours), Captain of Chess (Full Colours) and Co-Vice Captain of Armstrong House (Full Colours), he demonstrated strong leadership and care for his peers. He is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including (in Year 11) the Premier’s VCE Award for Economics.

Sasha is hoping to study Commerce at The University of Melbourne.


Shiqing (Michael) Wang
(BGS 2012-2017)
ATAR 99.2

Michael has worked with great dedication to both his academic studies and his House commitments (as Vice Captain of School House) this year. He received awards for Debating and Public Speaking (Full Colours), was Leader of the Big Band (receiving Full Colours for Music) and served on the Senior School Student Council. Importantly, he was a vital representative for the School’s international students, being International Captain in 2017.

Michael is hoping to study Biomedicine at The University of Melbourne or Law at Monash University.


Benjamin Lawlor
(BGS 2010-2017)
ATAR 99.00

Benjamin (twin brother of BGS Dux David Lawlor) has contributed significantly to School life during his eight years at BGS, participating enthusiastically in House events (receiving Full Colours) and displaying clear leadership qualities. In particular, he has shone at the chess table. He was also Best Team Player for his Tennis team. His teachers and his peers have been grateful for his willingness to volunteer his help wherever required.

Benjamin is hoping to study Engineering/Business/Commerce at Monash University.


A note of explanation: The purpose of the ATAR rankings is to provide a mechanism for placement in tertiary institutions. In a community such as ours, where most boys are aspiring to gain entry to tertiary courses, it is the ATAR that is important rather than individual Study Scores. The ATAR is a rank ordering of all students, rather than a percentage mark; hence, an ATAR of 50 would place a candidate at the halfway point of the population.