Principal’s Update – 13 December 2018

Sincere congratulations to all students on this year’s outstanding HSC results. Santa Sabina College has been named 30th in the state according to The Sydney Morning Herald and TOP CATHOLIC SCHOOL in NSW. SMH says “One of the biggest improvers is Santa Sabina, which has climbed 29 places since 2015.”

It has been a genuinely combined, collaborative effort between the students, teachers and College leaders who have had a shared strategic intent focused on discerning scholarship and growing and transforming. Our intent has been to be a leading Catholic school for the holistic care and education of its students.

We will celebrate with the students and staff at morning tea this Friday.

Highlights of the results are:

  • 30TH IN NSW, THE HIGHEST PERFORMING CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN NSW

  • FIVE HSC TOP ALL-ROUNDERS acknowledging students who have achieved in the highest performance band in 10 or more units.

    Daniella Abal
    Jody Arulventhan
    Emily Mattar
    Zara Zadro
    Georgia Zocco

TOP ACHIEVERS IN COURSE

This list from NESA indicates students who achieved in the top 10 for each HSC course:

  • Emma Chapman, 7th in Studies of Religion II
  • Courtney Cousins, equal 2nd in Studies of Religion I
  • Emily Mattar, 7th in Chemistry
  • Angelina Smerdely, equal 2nd in Studies of Religion I
  • Alexandra Witting, 3rd in Italian Continuers (an accelerant, finishing this course while in Year 11 for her other subjects).

OUTSTANDING HSC COURSE DATA

In 2018, 120 Year 12 students and 21 accelerants undertook study in 36 Courses.

  • 90 students received a result in the highest band possible for one or more courses and are recognised on the NESA Distinguished Achievers List.
  • 14 of the 21 accelerated students received a Band 6 result on the Distinguished Achievers list with 3 students receiving two Band 6 results.
  • 63% of our Year 12 students and 66% of our accelerants achieved at least one band 6 result
  • Santa Sabina students appeared 207 times on the NESA Distinguished Achievers List across 32 Courses.
  • The 2018 results reflect strong performances particularly in:
    • Music 2 – 6 students received Band 6 (85% of cohort)
    • Music 1 – 5 students received Band 6 (83% of cohort)
    • Design & Technology – 14 students received Band 6 (77% of cohort)
    • Japanese Continuers – 2 students received Band 6 (66% of cohort)
    • Textiles & Design – 5 students received Band 6 (50% of cohort)
    • Food Technology – 6 students received Band 6 (46% of cohort)
    • Mathematics – 22 students received Band 6 (46% of cohort)
    • Italian Continuers – 6 students received Band 6 (40% of cohort)
    • Italian Beginners – 3 students received Band 6 (37% of cohort)
    • Studies of Religion 1 – 19 students received Band 6 (36.5% of cohort)
    • Mathematics General – 16 students received Band 6 (31% of cohort)
    • Modern History – 8 students received Band 6 (29% of cohort)
    • Physics – 2 students received Band 6 (25% of cohort)
    • Chemistry – 4 students received Band 6 (23% of cohort)
  • Impressive Extension results:
    • Music Extension – 5 students received E4 (100% of cohort)
    • Italian Extension – 4 students received E4 (80% of cohort)  
    • English Extension 2 – 3 students received E4 (75% of cohort)  
    • Japanese Extension  – 2 students received E4 (66% of cohort)  
    • Maths Extension 2 – 4 students received E4 (57% of cohort)  
    • English Extension 1 – 9 students received E4 (56% of cohort)
    • Maths Extension 1 – 9 students received E4 (32% of cohort)  

HSC SHOWCASES

Every year NESA nominates the most impressive major works to be included in various showcases across NSW. Santa Sabina has had significant success as follows:

  • Music: Angela Kim (a Year 11 accelerant), has been selected for inclusion in ENCORE, the showcase concert of the best performances and compositions from across NSW. Cecilia Su and Lauren Wu were both nominated.
  • Textiles and Design: the major works of Julia Agosti and Jemma Hayes have been selected for exhibition in Texstyle 2018.
  • Design and Technology: 15 works were nominated for possible inclusion in Shape 2018, the NSW showcase for HSC Design and Technology, Industrial Technology and Textiles and Design students. That’s 80 percent of the class!
    Congratulations Daniella Abal, Rebekah Akele, Mary Ayoub, Lily Cannon, Annabel Cowley, Stephanie Etcell, Isabella Howe, Sarah Merhi, Isabella Morgan, Sophia Newton, Emily Peeters, Carly Segui, Jessica Siu, Alysha Tse and Elisabeth Wierum.

Congratulations students and staff. So proud to be the Principal of our top Catholic College! An outstanding result.

I am pleased to announce two significant appointments for 2019. The new position of Head of Pastoral Care P-12 has been filled by a highly experienced educator, Ms Ann McGovern. Ann is currently Head of Teaching and Learning at Marist College, North Sydney where she has worked for eight years in both pastoral and academic roles. She has 23 years’ experience in Catholic education. Ann has a Masters in Theological Studies and a second Masters in Educational Leadership, together with postgraduate qualifications in pastoral care, and a Mini Certificate of Gifted Education.

Ms Charlotte Burton has been appointed Head of Religious Education 6-12,  and will also commence in January 2019. She is an experienced teacher of Studies of Religion I and II, is currently Acting Prayer and Liturgy Coordinator at Oakhill College. She has acted as Acting Head of House at both Oakhill College and St Vincent’s College. In Charlotte’s own words she aims to educate students “to develop their appreciation of religion so they may be world affirming, be reflective learners and strive towards holistic formation in the context of Gospel values”.

As we bid farewell to 2018 I wish you all a happy, joyful and peaceful Christmas – and I leave you with this wonderful reflection of the very special community we are so lucky to have here at Santa Sabina College.

Dr Maree Herrett

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