Director of Studies Report – Academic Assembly 2020
February 20, 2020
by Director of Studies, Mrs Julia Petrov
Last week, at our annual Academic Assembly, we recognised the academic excellence of our high achieving VCE and VET students. We also acknowledged students whose aggregated performance in all Semester Two assessment tasks placed them in the top 15% of their year level with a Chris Nolan Award.
The College Dux is presented to the Year 12 student who attains the highest ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for his year. With an ATAR score of 99.9, the College proudly recognised Matthew Duffy as the 2019 College Dux.
In Year 11, Matthew achieved a study score of 48 in Mathematical Methods and a study score of 50 in Visual Communication Design. He was also awarded a Premier’s Award for this subject. In 2019, he attained scaled scores of: 49.46 in English Language; 45.13, in Physics; 53.04, in Specialist Mathematics and 45.13, in Japanese (Second Language).
Late last year Matthew was also awarded with a Chris Nolan Distinction Award as he received a Chris Nolan Award at the end of every semester of his six years at St Patrick’s.
We also celebrated the academic accomplishments of our brightest boys by presenting the VCE Achievement of Excellence Awards to those who achieved an ATAR of 90 and above:
Sean Antrobus ATAR of 91.3
Jack Cameron ATAR of 90.9
Matthew Catterson ATAR of 94.95
Matthew Duffy ATAR of 99.9
Hugo Ferguson ATAR of 93.55
Broden Haintz ATAR of 90.35
Aidan Hanrahan ATAR of 99.7
Thomas Miller-Schmetzer ATAR of 90.3
Jacob Pawlowicz ATAR of 94.75
Jobe Quick ATAR of 96.1
Jack Tillig ATAR of 90.15
William Walker ATAR of 94.95
The VCE Academic Prize, or subject Dux, is presented to the boy with the highest study score of 40 and above for each VCE and VETiS Units 3/4 offered in any year. For 2019, prizes were awarded to following students:
Japanese (Second Language) Study Score of 40 Scaled to 46.3
Physics Study Score of 43 Scaled to 45.13
Specialist Mathematics Study Score of 44 Scaled to 53.04
Further Mathematics (shared) Study Score of 45
Computing: Informatics Study Score of 41
Visual Communication Design Study Score of 40
Legal Studies Study Score of 42
Chemistry Study Score of 43 Scaled to 46.5
Mathematical Methods Study Score of 40 Scaled to 45
English Language Study Score of 50
Further Mathematics (shared) Study Score of 45
Business Management Study Score of 41
Product Design and Technology Study Score of 42
Sport and Recreation (VCE VET) Study Score of 41
Engineering Studies (VCE VET) Study Score of 44
Biology Study Score of 42 Scaled to 42.91
Psychology Study Score of 40
The VCE (Baccalaureate) was introduced to support the State Government’s objectives to encourage more students to include languages and higher level mathematics in their senior secondary program of study.
To be eligible for the VCE (Baccalaureate) a student had to achieve a study score of 30 and above in their chosen study of English, satisfactorily complete a Units 3/4 sequence in either Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics and satisfactorily complete a Units 3/4 sequence in a VCE Language (Japanese here at St Patrick’s).
In 2019, the Victorian Certificate of Education (Baccalaureate) was awarded to Matthew Duffy and Hugo Ferguson.
The Senior Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning Award. It recognises the Senior VCAL student who demonstrated an outstanding level of dedication and application towards attaining the Senior VCAL Certificate. Through completion of their certificate they were involved in organising and supporting community activities, demonstrating leadership to other students within the program and a high level of commitment to their vocational certificate and work placement. The 2019 Senior Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning Award was awarded to Tyson Strachan.
2017 Semester Two Chris Nolan Awards.
The assembly continued with the presentation of the 2019 Semester Two Chris Nolan Awards. The Chris Nolan Awards were established in 2008 to acknowledge the academic excellence of individual students. To receive a Chris Nolan Award, a boy must be in the top 15% of his year level. The 15% is determined by the aggregation of all semester results (including exams and all reported assessment items).
Chris graduated from St Patrick’s College in 1985 as College Captain. He completed his Law Degree at Monash University and went on to practice law in Vietnam. Chris was highly respected by all for his commitment and enthusiasm to all aspects of College life and demonstrated his intelligence and ingenuity shortly after leaving St Patrick’s as one of the co-founders of the highly acclaimed Meredith Music Festival. After several years in Vietnam, Chris tragically acquired severe brain injuries from a viral infection leading to total organ failure. Chris is profoundly disabled physically and in his communication systems. With the strong and unconditional support of his family and friends, Chris has continued to fight against these disabilities and has developed various means of communication and is now the face for those developing awareness of and the fight for young people requiring care in nursing homes.
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
– the 1st XI Cricket Bowling Award
In his time at St Patrick’s, Chris clearly exemplified the pursuit of excellence across a range of our important educational programmes and activities.
In addition to the Semester Two Chris Nolan Awards, boys who received a Chris Nolan award in both Semester One and Two in 2019 were presented with a Principal’s Academic Excellence Certificate to acknowledge their sustained academic excellence throughout the year. These students are marked with an asterisk (*) on the following list.
2019 Year 7:
2019 Year 8:
2019 Year 9
2019 Year 10:
2019 Year 11: