With profound appreciation for their talent , gratitude for the benefit such success brings the college and a sense of deep pride in the success of our HSC students of 2017. Their successes are considerable:
150th placed in NSW (improved over 100 places from 2016)
51 Band 6 Distinguished Achievers
181 Band 5 and Band 6 Results
100% increase in Band 6 on 2016
1 Top Achiever (16th place in Maths General 2)
1 All Rounder Achievers (Band 6 achieved in all subjects)
Top ATAR 97.95.
2nd place College in the Diocese of Broken Bay.
3rd placed in comprehensive Catholic boys schools in English
49th placed in state for English
100% Band 5 and Band 6 in English Ext 1, English Ext, 2, History Ext
15% students achieved an ATAR above 90
75% Visual Art students selected for Express Yourself at the Manly Art Gallery
The following awards were given by the Diocese of Broken Bay on Tuesday afternoon this week:
|Award||Name||Surname||Course Name||Place or Mark|
|All Round Achievers||Gus||Reid|
|Top Achiever||Matthew||O’Brien||Mathematics General 2 BDC||16th|
|First Place in Course in DBB||Jarrod||Adair||Software Design & Development|
|First Place in Course in DBB||Dante||Cox||Design and Technology|
|First Place in Course in DBB||Marcus||Crisp||English (Standard)||Equal 1st|
|First Place in Course in DBB||Matthew||Millett||Construction Exam||Equal 1st|
|First Place in Course in DBB||Samuel||Munday||Info Process & Technology|
|First Place in Course in DBB||Giacomo||Nassif||Mathematics Extension 1|
|First Place in Course.||Giacomo||Nassif||Mathematics Extension 2|
|First Place in Course in DBB||Matthew||O’Brien||Mathematics General 2 BDC|
|First Place in Course in DBB||Gus||Reid||English Extension 1|
|First Place in Course in DBB||Gus||Reid||Modern History||Equal 1st|
|First Place in Course in DBB||Gus||Reid||History Extension||Equal 1st|
|First Place in Course in DBB||Isaiah||Vumbaca||English (Advanced)|
|First Place in Course in DBB||Isaiah||Vumbaca||History Extension||Equal 1st|
St. Pauls certainly was a prominent force in the Diocesan Awards.
At our High Achievers Assembly on Monday this week, I made the following points to Year 12 2017,their families and our staff and current students:
- benchmarks have been set for years to come
- they reflect on the great contribution of teachers and families
- there is an opportunity for the young men at school now to learn much for themselves
- they can achieve their educational goals here at St. Paul’;s – the college delivers for its students in an environment that is best for young men to learn in. Our results prove this
- Given that, what does my own personal excellence look like? What do I need to do to achieve it? Each one of these young men has a different HSC story. What is the story they are going to write about their personal excellence.
- What goals are they setting yourself to achieve?
“As we know it’s in the little daily things that we build our own excellence. As former four star General of the US army Colin Powell wrote; “ if you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters first.” Its not a new idea as we know, Aristotle the Ancient Greek philosopher who was born in 384 BC talked of excellence not as an act but a habit that we do repeatedly.”
- How will they collaborate as a year group to achieve their goals at St. Paul’s? We don’t walk alone with our learning. They have to walk together and support each other not just academically but through looking after the well being of each other as well. They walk together.
With our Opening Mass on Tuesday , Ash Wednesday service and Year 9 Grandparents Morning Tea it was an opportunity to clearly stamp our ground in the Year of Respect for 2018. At the same time in the Year of Youth in the Catholic Church as decreed by Pope Francis it is a time to reflect on our core mission as a Catholic educating community with a long tradition in the spirit of Blessed Edmund Rice.
On Tuesday at mass I talked about our theme of Respect for 2018, with appreciation to our 2018 Prefects who chose this theme:
‘Today I’ll focus on the third , ‘your life is not about you.’ This is at the heart of the Christian message; it is at the heart of Blessed Edmund’s call that we place others at our centre, not ourselves and it is central to our theme of Respect for 2018.
Yesterday I talked about your personal excellence and asked you a final question; how am I going to work with others to achieve that excellence. A key point is that when I focus on others, I benefit. If I’m driven to stand with the needs of others, as Jesus did , before himself then we all gain.
Respecting others is an easy thing to say and it’s an easy thing to believe that we do, but we can’t treat it like a smorgasbord. We have to value everyone above ourselves and place their needs before my own if I can truly have respect for them.
Year 10 for time immemorial studied a novel called To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The theme of respect is deeply embedded in that story. A scene that has always stayed with me is when the lawyer father Atticus Finch encourages his daughter Scout to walk in the shoes of other people to truly understand them. To truly respect someone we have to be prepared to do that no matter who they are, their colour, race, gender, appearance, level of ability, whatever. It costs you nothing but buys the earth,
You will often hear others talk about the notion that they demand Respect. Jesus and Blessed Edmund teach us that we have to show respect first for it is founded on the commandment of love another and in our dealings with other people always come with an attitude that assumes the good intent of my fellow man or woman. It isn’t conditional. There are no exceptions.
So in 2018, our Year of Respect, let’s be role models of that. Your life is not about you, it is about others. Place others at my centre, show respect first in all instances. Let’s start as we want to continue from today onwards.’
Today we heard our values in action through our Ash Wednesday service and the launch of Project Compassion 2018. We look forward to our boys, as Blessed Edmund implored, “Give to the Poor in Handfuls.”
Let us remember our College Motto at this time also, Prima Primum- First Things First.