Academic Excellence Success at Mercedes College is measured by academic excellence plus each student's confidence, breadth of skills, abilities and engagement with their community to positively embrace, and continue to shape their future.

2021 Mercedes College Dux

Congratulations to Olenka Smolicz as the Class of 2021 Dux.

Olenka gained an ATAR of 99 following her outstanding achievement in her SACE studies with Merits in English and Visual Arts – Design (completed in 2020) contributing to her SACE aggregate of 86.4 out of a maximum 90.

Congratulations to Anna Nixon and Alana Spirou as joint IB Diploma Duces having completed their IB Diploma with 41 points. Anna’s score included Merits in IB Biology HL, IB Chemistry SL and IB Maths AI SL while Alana gained Merits in IB Biology HL and IB Spanish ab initio SL.

2021 Laureates

Again in 2021 our students have achieved excellent results. Across the Class of 2021, 59 students (38 per cent of the  cohort) are acknowledged as ‘laureates’ having obtained Merits in one or more of their Year 12 subjects, or placing in the top 10 per cent of students nationally by gaining an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) of 90 or more.

The distribution of ATARs shows that more than a third (36.2 per cent) of the 2021 cohort gained an ATAR of 90 or higher with an impressive 19.7 per cent achieving an ATAR of 95 or higher. A near 60 per cent of students achieved an ATAR in the 80s.

The ATAR is used by universities for entry into their courses.  All students seeking a university pathway were given offers in the first round with 73 per cent receiving their first preference. The most common pathways for students were toward Medicine and allied Health professions with Law, Commerce and Engineering continuing to be popular. As we have seen in previous years, interest in the Behavioural Sciences and Arts continues to gain momentum.

In 2021, our graduating students obtained 41 Merits across a wide variety of subjects in SACE and the IB Diploma Programme:

  • SACE Research Project B
  • SACE English
  • SACE Essential English
  • SACE Visual Arts – Design
  • SACE Business Innovation
  • SACE General Mathematics
  • SACE Outdoor Education
  • IB English B SL and HL
  • IB French B SL
  • IB Indonesian B SL
  • IB Spanish ab initio SL
  • IB Biology HL
  • IB Chemistry SL, HL
  • IB Mathematics AA SL
  • IB Mathematics AI SL


In celebrating final ATARs, university offers and Merits with our laureates, we all know that achievement goes well beyond these measures. There have been many success stories involving students across a broad range of results and pathways who have achieved their own level of greatness while overcoming personal challenges and circumstances.

Most students acknowledge their achievements are a result of more than their own significant personal efforts, reflecting the extensive network of support around them. That's why at Mercedes College we thank families, as the first teachers, providing the foundation for learning and continue to offer support, security and guidance. 

International Baccalaureate World School students are given a unique education that develops strong academic, social and emotional characteristics. Throughout their education they will:

  • be encouraged to think independently and drive their own learning.
  • take part in programmes of education that can lead them to some of the highest ranking universities around the world.
  • become more culturally aware, through the development of a second language.
  • be able to engage with people in an increasingly globalised, rapidly changing world.

10 Reasons why the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) is ideal for students to become active, lifelong learners. 

10 Reasons why the IB Middles Years Programme (MYP) encourages creative, critical and reflective learners.

10 Reasons why the IB Diploma Programme (DP) is ideal for preparing students for university.