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POLICE are investigating the mysterious death of
a Cowes man found slumped inside a rotunda last
Wonthaggi Senior Sergeant Steve Gibson said
cleaning contractors found the 42 year-old at
around 7.30am last Wednesday, December 9 at Mus-
“I t was established that the deceased had been
drinking alcohol heavily the night before and had
packed his belongings and walked off at about
7.30pm,” Snr Sgt Gibson said.
“I t would appear the deceased has walked down
to the Cowes foreshore where he has been able to
get out of the elements inside the rotunda, probably
with the intention of staying the night.”
Snr Sgt Gibson said the investigation had found
the man was in good health before passing away and
there was no indication of foul play.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Bass
Coast CIU on 5671 4100.
FIVE fishermen have been praised by po-
lice for wearing personal flotation devices
after the boat they were in capsized at Ander-
son Inlet on Sunday morning.
Wonthaggi Senior Sergeant Steve Gibson
said the five people, all from Traralgon, were
thrown into the water after the 5.8m boat hit
several large waves just before 9am.
“The occupants clung to boat and activated
a distress flare,” Snr Sgt Gibson said.
“Jet ski operators in area responded and
brought the fishermen to the Inverloch boat
ramp where police and paramedics were
The fishermen were treated for minor in-
juries whilst Inverloch SES volunteers com-
menced retrieval of the overturned boat,
which had begun to sink.
Snr Sgt Gibson said the incident serves as
a clear warning to all boat users that the sea
is unpredictable and capable of overcoming
even the best training, since the man who was
operating the overturned boat was highly ex-
“Without the PFDs and flare deployment,
there was a high possibility of this incident
resulting in a tragedy,” he said.
Five rescued at Inverloch
NEWHAVEN College graduate
Morgan Roney has her heart set on
a career in medicine after achieving
the highest ATAR score in South
The 18 year-old was very chirpy
indeed yesterday after an early
morning text message confirmed
her astounding score of 99.4.
“I was extremely happy – it
was above what I expected,” she
Morgan achieved two perfect
scores of 50 in Biology and Out-
door/Environment Studies in 2014,
followed by a 48 in Physics this
A keen hiker, she just returned
from New Zealand where she’d
been trekking for a few weeks.
Yesterday, after sharing the excit-
ing news with her family, Morgan
enjoyed a celebratory breakfast at
RACV Inverloch Resort with her
mother and sister before help-
ing out with gardening duties at a
She plans on enjoying her sum-
mer having fun with friends at the
beach and working her part-time
job at Ritchie’s IGA in Wonthaggi.
And for those looking at the be-
ginning of their Year 12 journey af-
ter the summer break, Morgan has
some sage advice.
“The main thing is to keep up
with everything and try not to fall
behind,” she said.
“And practice exams are always
Several other Newhaven students
also did exceptionally well.
Jonathan Bulbulian from Wattle
Bank scored 98.9 – “slightly higher”
than he expected.
“The site was down so I couldn’t
get the score for about 40 minutes,”
“But I’m happy with it.”
Jonathan excelled with a raw
score of 42 in Specialist Maths and
49 in Physics.
He hopes to study Commerce
and Science as a double degree at
Monash next year.
Another student, Emily Anthony,
could barely sleep as she awaited
“I was up until 3am because I was
so nervous,” she said.
“I got 91.4 and I’m really happy
Emily hopes to embark on an un-
dergraduate Arts degree.
Newhaven College principal Gea
Lovell said it’s important for stu-
dents to remember that “the num-
ber they receive does not define
who they are”.
“We are very proud of all of our
students, whose effort and determi-
nation earned them success,” she
“We celebrate the achievement of
all those who have excelled, espe-
cially those who exceeded their own
Close to 10 per cent of Newhaven
students scored an ATAR above 90.
“We are also incredibly proud of
all of the students whose stories we
cannot publish,” she continued.
“These are the students who
thought that the VCE was beyond
them, and for a few, this was a cer-
tificate with no numbers attached.
“The success for them was in the
completion of their year, and the
gaining of their VCE, and we are
thrilled that they achieved this goal.
“I am very thankful to the many in
our school community for the help
they gave to those who required
special support, so that they could
gain this significant milestone.”
KORUMBURRA Secondary Col-
lege principal Abigail Graham
says the school could “not be
prouder” of the Year 12 results
which were released yesterday.
“Our students have shown re-
silience, respect, lifelong learning
and a strong commitment to per-
sonal excellence all year and their
perseverance has paid off in their
results,” she said.
“As with the traditions of the
school, our Dux will be announced
on Tuesday night at our Awards
Ceremony but we are very proud
of this student who achieved an
ATAR of over 93.”
Three other students scored
over 80, while five students
achieved over 40 study scores
placing them in the top nine per
cent of the state, with one student
gaining an outstanding 45 in Eng-
lish placing her in the top two per
cent of the state.
“Our students have shone
across the board – not just in tra-
ditional English, Maths and Sci-
ence, but a 41 in Food Technology,
a 43 in Visual Communications
and a fantastic 42 in Product De-
sign and Technology,” Ms Graham
“Whilst we are so proud of our
students, we are also mindful that
an ATAR is not a measure of a
students’ ability to be respectful,
kind, loving, a good friend or suc-
cessful for that matter.
“We knew that our students
were all successful before these
results came out and they remain
so because they have the qualities
that our community values.
“That is to be active citizens,
enjoy positive relationships and
create happiness in their lives
and those around them. Well done
KSC Class of 2015.”
MARY MacKILLOP CRC
MARY MacKillop’s Sarah McCa-
hon has topped the school with an
impressive ATAR of 98.1 following
the release of the scores yesterday.
College principal David Leslie
said the school “is absolutely de-
lighted” with the results the stu-
dents have achieved this year.
“Mary MacKillop College is very
pleased and proud of our VCE re-
sults,” he said.
“The class of 2015 has done very
“Most are likely to gain entry to
their first preference for university.
There are lots of excited students
and happy families today. We are
proud of them all.”
Mr Leslie said after receiving her
score of 98.1, Sarah will now con-
sider all her options, with the aim
of studying something in the medi-
Other high achievers included,
runner-up Nicholas Argento who
gained a score of 94.3.
“Nicholas comes from a high-
achieving family. He is pleased
to have done as well as his older
siblings. He intends to study Engi-
neering at Monash.
Molly Barry finished with an
ATAR of 93.1. The successful
horse rider is very excited with her
results according to Mr Leslie. She
intends to join the Advanced Sci-
ence – Global Challenge program
at Monash University.
Sophie McKenzie–McHarg also
scored in the top four with, 90.25.
Sophie was vice captain this year.
“Her result should see her clearly
in to her first preference, The Uni-
versity of Melbourne, Bachelor of
Arts. She hopes to take advantage
of Melbourne’s global outreach
and complete some of her studies
overseas,” Mr Leslie said.
SOUTH GIPPSLAND SC
A DEDICATED study centre for
students has paid dividends for
South Gippsland Secondary Col-
Principal Matt McPhee was
thrilled with results filtering
through yesterday, which included
an ATAR of 98.45 for Chloe Wood
and 95.5 for Emma Fletcher.
“We’ve had some outstanding re-
sults and I think very few kids will
be disappointed,” he said.
“Career counsellors have already
informed me that every student
has a score which will keep the
pathway they had in mind open to
“We made quite a lot of changes
to the way we supervise and moni-
tor our VCE students, and one
of those was our dedicated study
“This was a place students were
expected to go if they didn’t have a
“It’s a bit like a library in that it’s
nice and quiet and teachers were
available for one-on-one time.
“We feel this has really paid off
WONTHAGGI Secondary College
dux Molly Cargill had to put her
18th birthday celebrations on hold
“My birthday was right in the
middle of exams, so I had to hold
off celebrating for a few weeks,” the
18 year old laughed.
The extra focus on the task at
hand, however, was well worth it.
She awoke yesterday to an ATAR
“I was surprised it was that high,”
“I was aiming for anything over
94 because that’s what I needed to
get into the course I want.”
Molly will embark on both a
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor
of Surgery at Monash next year.
For now, she plans on relaxing
over summer whilst working at the
Wonthaggi Amcal pharmacy as she
saves for a car.
Wonthaggi Secondary College act-
ing campus principal Phil Hughes
said the school enjoyed a fantastic
97 per cent pass rate this year.
“We also had a class of senior
VCAL students who were success-
ful in setting themselves up for ap-
prenticeships and further employ-
ment,” he added.
“A vast majority of students are
on track to being able to fulfil the
goals and pathways they set for
“There are too many individual
achievements to mention, but lots
of students worked really hard and
diligently to get the rewards they
School presentations for Won-
thaggi SC are set to take place to-
TAYLAH Darmanin is Leongatha
Secondary College’s VCE Dux for
2016 with an incredible ATAR
score of 97.6.
Taylah found out about her score
while overseas in Indonesia.
She is in-country as part of a lan-
School principal Wayne Chester
said it was a well-deserved result.
“Taylah has been well organised
and determined all year and has
received a well-deserved reward for
effort,” he said.
Mr Chester was proud to also re-
port an increase in individual study
scores above 40 across the VCE
“We also have a pleasing number
of students who achieved ATAR
scores above 70, which is very posi-
tive as it leaves a lot of doors open
for our students for their prefer-
ences and further study.”
MIRBOO NORTH SC
MIRBOO North Secondary Col-
lege was contacted for a statement
on their VCE results but the Senti-
nel-Times’ calls were not returned.
Mirboo North Secondary Col-
lege’s presentation night is tomor-
row, December 16.
Schools thrilled with
their students’ success
Newhaven College student Morgan Roney from Cape Paterson
achieved an astonishing ATAR score when results were revealed
South Gippsland Secondary College student Chloe Wood is con-
gratulated by Year 12 coordinator Julie Jones and principal Matt
McPhee. Chloe achieved an ATAR score of 98.45, and perfect
scores of 50 in both English and English Literature.
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