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COME TO OUR
2015 SACE RESULTS
100% SACE completion for the 6th consecutive year
(All subject results were in the A, B or C range)
Dux - Ellie Constantine with an ATAR of 99.55
4 students achieved an ATAR over 99
42 students achieved an ATAR above 90
113 students achieved an ATAR over 70
48 Subject Merits were awarded to 33 students
79% of results were in the A and B range
There is a flurry of activity in Catholic
schools across the Archdiocese of
Adelaide as school communities prepare
for the coming year.
Principals, teachers and office staff have
returned from the relaxation of holidays
and have been preparing classrooms,
making uniform sales, filling book lists and
doing a myriad of other jobs.
At St Brigid’s School Kilburn, 21 new
children from the surrounding parish and
community will begin Reception. Some 22
different cultural groups are represented in
this busy school. The new Receptions will
learn about the environment and caring for
those who are in need of support. They will
learn through an inquiry based approach
which builds on children’s natural curiosity
and capacity to learn.
Many other 5-year-old children will begin
school for the first time in February. This is
exciting for little people and perhaps a bit
daunting. Often mums and dads are full of
excitement and nervousness too!
New beginnings are not just for Reception
children. Every new year level is a
different experience for all children and an
opportunity to make new friends. Many
teachers are new to Catholic schools too.
The Catholic sector of schools is a major
employer within the state. And of course,
many parents find themselves new in a
school. They are an important part of the
Principal, Paul Rijken begins an exciting
journey this year in leading an alignment
between Cardijn College (Years 8-12) and
Marcellin Technical College (Years 11-
12). It offers both Cardijn and Marcellin
students and staff additional opportunities.
Students from Marcellin will be able to
access the extensive facilities of Cardijn
College, including sports, art, music and
other facilities. Similarly, students from
Cardijn will have greater opportunities
to include aspects of vocational learning
within their curriculum at an earlier
stage. The alignment will strengthen the
educational provision at Noarlunga.
Maria Urbano will take up a new role as
principal of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
(Years 8-12) at Enfield. Maria comes to
this new role with significant experience
in girls’ education and in vocational
education. Maria is excited about this new
role and is eager for the year to begin.
New beginnings are part of school life
everywhere. We wish every school
community blessings for 2016.
New beginnings as school resumes
Catholic school students will start
secondary schooling in Year 7 from
2019/20 to meet the growing educational
and pastoral needs of 21st century
Country primary schools where there is
no Catholic secondary school nearby will
be exempted from the changeover, as will
Catholic schools where middle schooling
exists or is planned, and Catholic schools
co-located with other primary schools with
Catholic Education SA director Helen
O’Brien said the phased transition
would occur in 2019/20 for the majority
of Catholic schools, however local and
exceptional circumstances would be
“This decision is primarily about best
meeting the learning and social and
emotional needs of young people,” said
“Placing Year 7 in a secondary setting,
with greater access to specialist teachers
and facilities, will better position students
to benefit from the learning experiences,
intellectual challenges and age-appropriate
support that adolescents need during this
important time in their lives,” she said.
“There are also benefits for students in
aligning with other states and territories.
With Queensland and Western Australia
recently making the move, SA is the only
Australian jurisdiction where Year 7 remains
Just under 50 per cent of Catholic schools
in SA have Year 7 students in middle
schools or colleges. Other non-government
schools have already placed Year 7 in
secondary or are planning to do so.
CESA will this year conduct further
research to identify how best to support
the school community in making the
transition, as each school is unique and
requires a different action plan.
For more information visit www.cesa.
contact your school principal.
As she begins
her first full
kicks off our Back to School
feature with a preview of the
2016 school year.
SCHOOL’S IN: St Brigid’s Kilburn students Jasmine, James and Jones with their
mother Nhung and principal Trish O’Toole.
Secondary education to start in Year 7
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