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FORMER Waikerie High School student
and Cadell local Amy Borg received one of
the state’s highest recognitions by being
awarded a Governor of South Australia
Commendation for her impressive year 12
After struggling to gain employment, the
mother-of-three decided to go back to school at
age 23 to complete her South Australian Certifi-
cate of Education (SACE) through St Joseph’s
Education Centre, a school for young mothers
Ms Borg received an Australian Tertiary Ad-
mission Rank (ATAR) of 91.5, which increased to
98.95 with bonus points.
She said the school enabled her to complete
her SACE while caring for her three young chil-
dren – Lillian, 5, Lacey, 4, and Jesse, 10 months.
“I tried to get a job and couldn’t even get an
interview, so I thought I had to do something
about it and decided to finish my SACE,” she
“Now I realise I can do so much more, and
decided to continue my studies at university.
“The school is fantastic.
“The teachers really kept me going and they
helped me with much more than my school
Ms Borg, who now lives in Adelaide, said she
had already received guaranteed entry into the
University of South Australia.
“Ever since I was five I said I wanted to be a
teacher,” she said.
“I had an interest in policing, but it’s not the
best job (with) three young children.
“I’ve already been told by the University of
South Australia that I have guaranteed entry
into a primary school teaching degree.
“It’s great not having to worry if I can get into
the course or not.”
Ms Borg studied health, society, English,
workplace practices, a research project and
information processing – all assignment-based
She will receive her award at a ceremony in
WAIKERIE High School student Emily Grace Nicholson Gartley (left) scored the school’s highest Australian Tertiary Admission Rank
(ATAR) with a score of 98.5, while her classmate Sophie Schiller scored 98.05.
PHOTO: Jayme Koch
TWO Waikerie High
School students have
scored near identical
Admission Ranks (ATARs)
to top the school’s 2014 year
Emily Grace Nicholson
Gartley, 18, received this year’s
highest score of 98.5, while
classmate Sophie Schiller, 16,
Ms Nicholson Gartley also
received a merit after scoring
an A+ for her English commu-
She was joined by Jessica
Dearman, who earned a merit
for mathematical applications.
Senior school co-ordinator
Craig Griffiths said he was
very pleased with all of the
year 12 results.
“Waikerie High School is
really excited to have six stu-
dents who scored an ATAR in
the 90s,” he said.
“All their hard work has
paid off, and it is a really
Ms Nicholson Gartley said
she was surprised with her
“I was really surprised, but
really happy with my score,”
“I’m planning on having a
gap year next year, and hope
to get accepted into veterinary
“Waikerie has really good
teachers. I’d like to thank
them for their help and sup-
port over the year, and wish
all the students in year 12 next
year all the best.”
Ms Nicholson Gartley’s
year 12 subjects included biol-
ogy, chemistry, English com-
munications, a research proj-
ect and mathematical studies.
Her classmate Sophie was
one of the school’s youngest
year 12 students.
“I forget that I am only 16,
and two years younger than
a lot of my classmates,” said
“I have always been the
youngest in my classes, but
it has never been a problem.”
Sophie said she never imag-
ined gaining an ATAR as high
“I thought I would do okay,
but never this good,” she said.
“I am hoping to get into a
mathematical sciences degree.
“I really like maths and
would like to do something in
“I’d really like to thank all
the teachers for their help and
guidance over the year – they
play a big role.”
Sophie studied physics,
chemistry, mathematical stud-
ies, specialist mathematics, a
research project and English
tops year 12
THE MurrayLands Domestic
Violence Service has been heralded
for its efforts in improving the
welfare of women and children.
The local service was awarded for
its ‘outstanding achievement’, and the
service’s manager Ele Wilde took home
the individual Premier’s Award at the
inaugural Flame of Change Unifying
Support (FOCUS) Awards in Adelaide
earlier this month.
Kornar Winmil Yunti, the White
Ribbon Foundation and the Women’s
Legal Service hosted the evening to
celebrate the work of the domestic and
Aboriginal family violence, and the
homelessness sector in South Australia.
“It was a big surprise,” Ms Wilde said.
“When they read out ‘MurrayLands
Domestic Violence Service’ I just about
fell off my chair.”
Ms Wilde said the local service was
established in 1985 and has facilitated
programs and spread public awareness
about the social problem.
“We’ve just done so much during that
time,” she said.
“We’ve been involved in a lot of proj-
ects and we’ve brought domestic violence
to the attention of the general community
and to politicians.
“Our senior worker, Sandi, was also
acknowledged for her 26 years of service.
“Without the help of other agencies
and individuals, members of our commu-
nity, past board members and of course
our team, we couldn’t do our work.”
Ms Wilde said it was “reinvigorating”
to be acknowledged, as the sector often
“There hasn’t been any awards for our
sector at all – this is the first time,” she
said. “To receive two awards at an inau-
gural event was a very special moment
we’ll all treasure.
“It’s reinvigorated us to carry on with
our work and to know that we’re on the
Award ‘reinvigorates’ domestic violence workers
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