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Teaching and Learning Report - August 17, 2017

author: Stephen Hill

16 Aug

Teaching and Learning Report - August 17, 2017

2017 Semester One Chris Nolan and VCE Headmaster’s Excellence Awards assembly

The Chris Nolan and VCE Headmaster’s Excellence Awards assembly has become one of the College’s most important academic celebrations. This is the tenth year that boys attaining academic excellence have been recognised with a Chris Nolan Award.  We were fortunate to again be able to welcome Chris and his mother, Mary

The assembly provided us the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the academic achievements of over 200 Years 7-12 boys whose level of achievement in all 2017 Semester One assessment tasks has resulted in them being in the top 15% of their Year Level, making them eligible to receive a Chris Nolan Award. We also recognised the highest rank 2017 VCE Unit 3 students with a VCE Unit 3 Headmaster’s Excellence Award for each VCE Units 3/4 subject offered at St Patrick's.  

It is important to consider what each boy who received a Chris Nolan Award did to achieve this recognition. Take one of our Year 8 recipients as an example. The typical Year 8 student received a percentage result for some 40 assessment tasks completed in 11 different subjects in Semester One. The highest average result for a Year 8 boy was 94%. Remember, the boy who attained this result did so by completing over 40 assessment tasks to a very high standard in all areas of the curriculum – English, RE, Maths Science, Humanities, Language, PE and so on.

This is typical of what each boy who was acknowledged has achieved – a consistently very high level of academic achievement across a broad range of subjects. If you are wondering what average percentage result it took to get a Semester One Chris Nolan Award, the following lists the minimum result for each year level:

  • 85% in Year 7
  • 84% in Year 8
  • 83% in Year 9
  • 80% in Year 10
  • 82 % in Year 11and;
  • 81 % in Year 12

The highest average result for each year was:

  • 93% in Year 7
  • 94% in Year 8
  • 93% in Year 9
  • 95% in Year 10
  • 96% in Year 11and;
  • 91% in Year 12

Each year, we have a significant number of new students, parents and staff and so it is important to explain exactly what the Chris Nolan Awards are and what they represent.

Chris graduated from St Patrick’s College in 1985 as College Captain. As a student at the College, Chris regularly achieved strong academic results and in his final year he was awarded:

                - the Headmaster’s Award for Leadership

                - the History Prize

                - the Sir Hugh Devine Prize for Impromptu Speech

                - a W.T. Doyle Prize for Debating and;

                - the 1st XI Cricket Bowling Award

Chris demonstrated his academic aptitude and ingenuity shortly after leaving St Patrick’s in his role as one of the co-founders of the now highly acclaimed Meredith Music Festival. He completed his Law Degree at Monash University and went on to practice law in Vietnam. In 1996, after several years in Vietnam, Chris acquired severe brain injuries from a viral infection leading to total organ failure.

Chris is profoundly disabled physically and is very limited in his communication. With the ongoing support of his family, carers and friends, Chris has continued to fight against these disabilities.

Chris and his family, and in particular, Chris’ mother, Mary, are actively involved in developing awareness and support for young people with acquired brain injuries. Mary’s long-term work in this area was duly recognised in 2011 with membership in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM). Chris continues to be highly respected by his classmates and teachers for his commitment and enthusiasm to all aspects of College life. During his time at St Patrick’s, Chris clearly exemplified the pursuit of excellence across a range of our important educational programs and activities.

 Following is the list of the 2017 Semester One Years 7 to 12 Chris Nolan Award winners.

 

Year 7:

 

Noah

Barwick

Tony

Begbie

Jesse

Cairns

Harry

Chapman

Toby

Clack

Harper

Clark

James

Clark

Gus

Clarke

Max

Cosgriff

Deegan

Craig-Peters

Zenon

Czulij

Luca

Dixon

Tom

Elliott

Cameron

Gardner

Ben

Gibcus

Adam

Griffith

Alex

Hamilton

Billy

Hanrahan

Adam

Jirik

Nyjo

John

Lachlan

Jolly

Matthew

Jones

Declan

Kenny

Youhanna

Mani

Callan

McKay

Bailey

Meek

Alex

Molan

Andrew

Monaghan

Ben

Mornane

Angus

Murnane

Sam

Pearse

Patrick

Porter

Nic

Procaccino

Tristan

Puddy

Elliott

Rees

Noah

Ryan

Callan

Shillington

Leo

Turnbull-Gent

Jarrod

White

 

Year 8:

Mitch

Baker

Joshua

Ballinger

Taylor

Bell

Josh

Bull

Kyall

Busscher

Patrick

Clarke-Thomas

Thomas

Collins

Connor

Gaffney

Lewis

Grigg

Alex

Guevara

James

Harrington

Declan

Hart

Vidath

Jayasooriya

Riley

Kenny

Daniel

Lalor

Jackson

Leech

Jack

McKenny

Hugh

McKenzie

Tom

McKinnis

Ben

Nash

Hugh

Ollerenshaw

Daunte

Osman

Alexander

Pituch

Jack

Richards

Adam

Severino

Harry

Sharp

Jack

Sheehan

Jeremy

Spedding

Harry

Taylor

Sam

Tilley

Edward

Tobin

Kade

Towk

Henry

von Burg

Tyler

Weickhardt

Darcy

Williams

 

 

Year 9

Jack

Atkinson

Tom

Barry

Anakin

Bawden

Isaac

Beaston

Edward

Boyer

Chad

Cartledge

Jack

Clinton

Darcy

Cosgriff

Elijah

Cross

Nathan

Delvescovo

Josh

Farrington

Joe

Freeman

Nigel

Koot

Finn

Lappin

Jordan

Lauton

Will

Liston

Anthony

Lloyd

Darcy

Macklin

Jasper

Magri

Oliver

McCrabb

Charlie

Molan

Kai

O'Keeffe

Max

Olver

Connor

Palmer

Jamie

Quick

Siddharth

Rajesh

Aidan

Rieniets

Henry

Ross

Will

Rothe

Jack

Sampi

Mitchell

Scobie

Ben

Stevens

Josiah

Tudball

Liam

Tuohey

Max

Waller

 

Year 10:

 

Jack

Anderson

Sean

Antrobus

Lachlan

Arnts

Joel

Azzopardi

Xavier

Brodie

Michael

Cappello

Matthew

Catterson

Matthew

Duffy

Thomas

Duggan

Owen

Ellerton

Hugo

Ferguson

Cooper

Gillett

Broden

Haintz

Aidan

Hanrahan

Tom

Howes

Hayden

Irvin

Leighton

Lauton

Declan

Magri

Noah

McIntosh

Mitchell

McKee

Tom

Miller-Schmetzer

Max

Mitchell

Seamus

Murphy-McKay

Jacob

Pawlowicz

Jobe

Quick

Mark

Ritchie

Connor

Shugg

Josh

Stahl

Bill

Walker

Tom

Walters

Mitch

Welsh

Charlie

Wheatland

Oscar

Wilson

Enrico

Yu

 

Year 11:

Andrew

Amor

Kyle

Brown

Matt

Butler

Riley

Cartledge

Tom

Clark

Lachlan

DeVries

Tom

Dunne

Josh

Findlay

Mitch

Findlay

Joel

Fitzgerald

Mitchell

Furlong

Declan

Gannon

Nick

Gaylor

Samuel

Geddes

Oscar

Grigg

Casey

Haseloff

Jude

Jeandet

Xavier

Jenks

Jesse

Jury

Jesse

Keem

Kieran

Keogh

Blake

Lim

Conlon

Love

Emmet

Macklin

Samuel

McCrum

Patrick

McGoldrick

Ryan

Mulheron

Emmett

Murphy

Jacob

Nolan

Dean

O'Brien

Xavier

O'Shea

Lachlan

Owens

Caleb

Southurst

Lachlan

Suttie

Nathan

Suttie

Liam

Taylor

Harry

Turner

Darcy

Waller

Lou

White

Sam

Williams

 

Year 12:

 

Josh

Allen

Thomas

Britt

Nick

Carta

Sam

Coxall

Corey

Davie

Josh

DeVoogel

James

Duffy

Joshua

Duggan

Max

Edwards

Lachie

Fahey

Charlie

Fenton

Lachlan

Furlong

Jack

Gaffney

Joshua

Harrington

Callum

Hofler

Jonny

Lansdown

Braden

Mackley

Tom

Millard

Brandon

Pryor

Lachlan

Reynolds

Sam

Rousch

Shamus

Ryan

Ben

Simmons

Tiernan

Somers

Caelan

Thompson

Hayden

Thompson

Henry

Ward

Lachlan

Westlake

Corey

White

Zak

Wilson

 

Congratulations at all recipients of a 2017 Semester One Chris Nolan Award!

Following is the list of the 2017 VCE Unit 3 first ranked students:

Joshua Allen

            Physical Education

            Visual Communication and Design

Kyle Brown

            Biology

Nicholas Carta

            Music Performance

Lachlan Conlan

            Economics

Joshua DeVoogel

            Literature

            Religion and Society

James Duffy

            Studio Arts

Max Edwards

            Product Design and Technology

Nicholas Elliott

            Japanese

Joshua Findlay

            Business Management

Lachlan Furlong

            Mathematical Methods

            Software Development

            Specialist Mathematics

Patrick Gray

            Systems Engineering

Callum Hofler

            Media

Riley Kelly

            Industry and Enterprise

Jonathan Lansdown

            Health and Human Development 

Thomas Lyon

            Outdoor and Environmental Studies

Thomas Millard

            History Australian

Samuel Rousch

            Accounting

            Legal Studies

            Physics

Xavier Schuurs

            Food Studies

Tiernan Somers

            English

Nathan Suttie

            Further Mathematics

James Wait

            Theatre Studies

Henry Ward

            Chemistry

            English Language

Samuel Williams

            History Revolutions

Congratulations to each boy who received a Chris Nolan Award and/or a VCE Unit 3 Headmaster’s Excellence Award. Your academic excellence is truly worthy of recognition and provides all students with an outstanding model of commitment to learning and academic excellence.