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:

Matthew Duffy

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

Owen Ellerton                                                        

Further Mathematics (shared)                   Study Score of 45           

Hugo Ferguson

Computing: Informatics                               Study Score of 41

Fraser Gibson

Visual Communication Design                  Study Score of 40

Broden Haintz

Legal Studies                                              Study Score of 42

Aidan Hanrahan

Chemistry                                                     Study Score of 43    Scaled to 46.5

Mathematical Methods                                Study Score of 40    Scaled to 45

English Language                                       Study Score of 50

Ethan Henderson

Further Mathematics (shared)                   Study Score of 45

Anthony Lloyd

Business Management                              Study Score of 41

Luke Matthews

Product Design and Technology              Study Score of 42

Patrick Rea

Sport and Recreation (VCE VET)             Study Score of 41

Mitchell Scobie

Engineering Studies (VCE VET)               Study Score of 44

William Walker

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:

Nedd Bennett *
Paddy Bennett
Jack Bennetts
Tim Buckland *
Hamish Carey *
Sam Duggan
Archie Eichler *
Joseph Elliott *
Oskar Folkes *
Gabriel Freeman *
Brodie Graham *
Josh Gray *
Oscar Greenshields *
John Hansen *
Sam Hansen *
Lachlan Hodge *
Zach Koleski *
Paterson Meneely
Sam Miller *
Liam Morrison *
Tristan Nijhof *
Ben Nixon *
James Parkinson
Toby Pearse *
Lachie Pritchard *
Jacob Rae *
Brodie Reardon *
Charlie Richardson *
Angus Rothe *
Zane Rutherford *
Jonathan Stephens *
Jack Sutherland *
Koban Todd
Rex Van Berkel
Jack Williamson *
Eric Yang *

2019 Year 8:

Mike Bleicher *
Tom Bosworth *
Lachie Brodie *
Fletcher Byvoet
Max Byvoet *
Mitchell Collins *
Lachlan Cooper *
Rohan Cosgriff
Riley Cudby *
Noah Cudia *
Alex Fademi
Campbell Gladman *
Kobe Heafield
Damian Irvin *
Patrick Johnson *
Patrick Kelly *
William Lalor *
Jordan Makin *
Matthew Michalik
Luke Mihaljevic *
Ted O’Brien *
Matthew O’Brien *
Angus O’Keefe *
Lachlan O’Keefe
Tom O’Loughlin *
Hudson Palmer *
Guy Ripley *
Lochlan Rowe *
Jason Sharma *
James Shaw *
Dan Stute *
Oscar Watkins *
Finn Watson *
Sean Weigall *

2019 Year 9

Tony Begbie *
Charlie Bissinella *
Will Burzacott
Jesse Cairns *
Harrison Carlyon *
Harry Chapman *
Edward Charles
Toby Clack *
James Clark *
Max Cosgriff
Zenon Czulij *
Tom Elliott *
Ben Gibcus *
Alex Hamilton *
Adam Jirik *
Nyjo John *
Lachlan Jolly *
Matthew Jones *
Benji Laursen *
Youhanna Mani *
Oliver Marshall
Jesse Mattson *
Bailey McQuie *
Alex Molan *
Andrew Monaghan *
Ben Mornane *
Jasper Nijhof *
Alister Nixon *
Mitch Pearse
Patrick Porter *
Nic Procaccino *
Tristan Puddy *
Daniel Rodger *
Noah Ryan *
Callan Shillington
Bryn Thompson *
Leo Turnbull-Gent *
Jarrod White *

2019 Year 10:

Zack Andrews
Christian Bourke
Duncan Brodie
Sam Butler
Patrick Cocks *
Daniel Collier *
Thomas Collins *
Connor Gaffney *
Harry Graham *
Lewis Grigg *
Alex Guevara *
James Harrington *
Declan Hart *
Spence Jenks
Will Johnson
Zac Kilburn *
Daniel Lalor *
Jackson Leech *
Jack McKenny *
Hugh McKenzie
Sean McMahon
Ben Nash *
Hugh Ollerenshaw *
Daunte Osman *
Tyler Owins
Alexander Pituch *
Joshua Quinlan
Adam Severino *
Jack Sheehan *
Jeremy Spedding *
Sam Tilley *
Kade Towk *
Henry von Burg
Ethan Wastell *
Darcy Williams *

2019 Year 11:

Matthew Butterworth *
Chad Cartledge *
Darcy Cosgriff *
James Crebbin *
Jonathan Debono *
Nathan Delvescovo *
Joe Freeman *
Riley Graham
Ethan Henderson *
Nigel Koot *
Finn Lappin *
Jordan Lauton *
Jake Leahy *
Anthony Lloyd *
Darcy Macklin *
Jack Martin *
Isaac Miller-Govan
Rhys Mirtschin
Kai O’Keeffe *
Max Olver *
Owen Pearse
Patrick Rea *
Henry Ross *
Will Rothe
Ben Stevens *
Max Waller *