Our College is recognised as a state leader in teaching and learning, student relationships and wellbeing. We create a safe social and physical environment which helps all our students learn and succeed. I am pleased to report that our dedicated approach to teaching and learning is seeing real benefits for our students.

Our student body is above the state average in all measures of NAPLAN, performing exceptionally well in Reading, Writing and Numeracy (based on 2019 results).

All 2020 Year 12 students successfully applied for a tertiary placement, with the majority getting their first preference. I would like to congratulate all of our 2020 Year 12 VCE students on achieving outstanding results after such an extraordinary and most challenging year.

Some highlights of their achievements include:

o    11% of our Year 12 students achieved ATARs over 90, and 13% over 80, thus close to a quarter scoring over 80

o    7.7% of study scores were in the 40s,

o    with a median study score of 30.

Congratulations to our three top VCE students who were in the top 1% & 2% of the state of Victoria:

o    David Le achieved a perfect ATAR score of 99.95 and was awarded College Dux for 2020. David also achieved two perfect study scores of 50 in Chemistry and Business Management. David will be studying Biomedicine at Melbourne University

o    Jasmine Ristevski with an ATAR of 99.8 and a perfect study score of 50 in Psychology. Jasmine will be studying Engineering (Honours) and Science at Monash University; and

o    Kijana Pauline with an ATAR of 98 and a perfect study score of 50 in English. Kijana will be studying Biomedical Science at Monash University.

In addition, congratulations to all our Year 12 VCAL students for completing all course requirements and receiving offers to complete diplomas, traineeships and apprenticeships.

As a leading co-educational public school in the City of Kingston and surrounding areas, we emphasise developing and maintaining positive relationships. We focus on getting to know each student as an individual. This personal approach ensures we provide individual support and access to opportunities that are suited to each student’s chosen fields of interest.

Parents and visitors compliment us on the warm and orderly school atmosphere and our strong sense of community. We encourage all our students to develop high expectations of themselves, their work and their behaviour, which is an expression of our values of Personal Best, Integrity, Respect and Responsibility. Our students are engaged and enjoy coming to school. There is a genuine sense of community among teachers, students and parents, which we are all very proud of.

Our approach involves working with parents to meet the individual needs of every student and supporting them to fulfil their academic and co-curricular goals and dreams. The broad range of opportunities and pathways offered in the Senior School, including VCE, VET and VCAL, cater for the diverse interests, needs and abilities of our students. Over the past nine years we have had consistent success, with all Year 12 students who applied for a tertiary placement being successful.

As one of the few accredited schools to provide the SEAL program (Select Entry Accelerated Learning) and part of the exclusive SEAL Academy, the College offers support for advanced learners.

In 2020, we launched our Sports Excellence Program (SEP) for our 2020 Year 7 students who were successful in their application to participate in either the Netball, Basketball or AFL program, with our elite coaches onsite. This program continues in Years 7&8 this year.

In 2019 I was honoured to win the most prestigious award in public education, the Lindsay Thompson Award for Excellence in Education, along with the Most Outstanding Secondary Principal award. In 2020, our Directory of Literacy Improvement, Andrew McConchie, won the Most Outstanding Secondary Teacher award and he also won the Lindsay Thompson Award for Excellence in Education. This is an outstanding achievement and recognition for the College – it is the first time in the history of these statewide awards that a school has won the highest accolade in public education twice.

In a world that rewards perseverance, resilience, initiative, problem-solving and cooperation, our students leave well prepared for tertiary education, vocational training or employment. I am proud of the significant accomplishments of our students and the results our College has achieved in being a better choice in education.

Michelle Roberts