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SSC Newspaper : February 2014
Santa Sabina College Independent Catholic School Co-Ed K-4, Girls 5-12 90 The Boulevarde Strathfield 2135 NSW P: 9745 7030 E: email@example.com www.ssc.edu.au Explore • Experience • Excel Join our next Information Morning 25 February, 9.15am-11.15am (Middle & Secondary Campuses) 13 March, 9.15am-11.15am (Primary Campus) Book via website www.ssc.nsw.edu.au Information Mornings cream of the crop, but two students got 99.7” www.ourstrathfield.com.au Strathfield Scene 17 EDUCATION standard get results in band 6. Next year it might be different.” Other schools in the area also took a blow in the rankings – Strathfield Girls High dropped 45 places from its position in 2012. Other local schools such as MLC, Meriden, Santa Sabina, PLC and St Patrick’s College also dropped between two to 10 places. But, like every year, there were still exceptional students who excelled in a variety of subjects – such as Alice Wu from Meriden, who topped the state in Mandarin, and Santa Sabina’s Olivia Fehon, who came first in Italian extension and second in French beginners. Mr Jurd says at Homebush Boys, the teachers try to help each student achieve the best that they can – it’s not about the best academic results, but individual growth. “Some people think the way to measure a student’s achievements is by how high their test scores are, but it’s not about that at all,” he says. “For example, if a student might be struggling with a subject and ends up with a score of 60 or 70, that’s a massive achievement for the student. “But it’s also about holistic growth, which is what we promote at Homebush Boys." And the school has had some notable old boys – including John Symond of Aussie Home Loans, sports commentator, journalist and writer Gordon Bray, and cricketers Phillip Hughes and Mitchell Starc. Students from MLC Burwood dominated the results of the International Baccalaureate (IB) in NSW with eight of the school’s 45 participants scoring a perfect 45 out of 45. Only 11 students in the state scored 45, which is equivalent to the top Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 99.95. And more than 90 per cent of MLC’s IB students received a mark equivalent to an ATAR score of 90 or above. The IB’s Australasian development manager, Briony Morath, told The Sydney Morning Herald that it was an “extremely high” proportion. “Probably the only school that would come close to one of the selective schools in Singapore,” she said. Ms Morath also said Australia was one of the best performing countries in the world in the IB. Vanessa Papastavros is just one of Strathfield’s highest achieving students – the 17-year-old received an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 99.0, one of the top scores at her school, Meriden. The result was a surprise, she says, but a welcome one at that. With these scores, she aims to study media and communications at the University of Technology, Sydney. The best advice Vanessa says she can give to the class of 2014 is to make sure you choose the subjects that you enjoy and love. “I chose humanities-based subjects so I studied both ancient and modern history, drama, visual arts, and advanced, extension 1 and extension 2 English,” she says. “It wasn’t that I struggled with maths or science subjects, but I just didn’t enjoy them. I know this is a cliché but it is true. I cannot stress enough how important this fact is.” Vanessa and her drama group were nominated to showcase their piece at the prestigious OnSTAGE performance – a collection of the best HSC works from drama students across NSW. “The piece is about how people, both children and adults, have and sometimes need, imaginary friends,” she says. “It was an honour to have been chosen for this showcase.” Vanessa started her schooling at Meriden from pre-kindergarten and is a long-time Strathfield resident. VANESSA TURNS IN A STAR PERFORMANCE Results give MLC perfect IBs “We try and achieve the very best each student can attain. If a student is struggling with a subject and ends up with a score of 60 or 70, that's a massive achievement. – Tim Jurd, Homebush Boys High principal Meriden's HSC Drama students Daniela Haddad (seated), Chloe Lethlean-Higson and Vanessa Papastavros (standing) who were selected for OnSTAGE