The 2013 school year promises to be a most exciting and interesting one. The first day of school saw 1138 students fill the College. I was energised by the eagerness of our new students in Years 5, 6 and 7. The many new parents entering the school were impressed by the efficiency and organisation of the staff. Most impressively, the Year 12 students returned to their HSC studies intent on doing their best.
The College environment was improved in significant ways during the Christmas school vacation including the refurbishment of the entire Junior School with newly installed glass walls and colourful carpeting which complement a design that features air and light. These significant refurbishments will bring new vibrancy and flexibility to the College learning environment.
The College is excited that in 2013 we will launch our eLearning Plan, which will deliver the Lenovo ThinkPad 2 into the students’ hands. Staff were the first to receive these Windows 8 platform Personal Learning Devices. During 2013, students in Years 7 and 9 will receive these devices. Year 8 and Year 10 students will receive the ThinkPad 2 during 2014.
The 2012 Higher School Certificate results were simply outstanding. Approximately 30% of the Year 12 students achieved ATARs above 90. More than 50% of the cohort achieved an ATAR in excess of 80. In all, approximately 85% of our students qualified for entry to university. The College Dux Mark Watts gained an ATAR of 99.90, closely matched by Renzo Balboa (99.25) and Matthew Bull (99.10). These two students also achieved the prestigious Premiers All-round Achievers Award. All our Year 12 students are men of character and good values with a strong sense of community and an attitude of service. I am very confident that they will make their mark in the future.
Congratulations to all in the Class of 2012.
Of course, there were many other achievements in 2012: the 75th Anniversary celebrations and our sporting, public speaking, debating and music achievements were a joy. A significant part of the development of the whole person - an outcome central to our mission.
The Social Justice initiatives of the students demonstrate our faith in action. Our partnerships with St Mary’s Bowraville, St Joseph’s Walgett, St Edmunds Wahroonga and Callan Services enrich our students and assist the growth and development of other communities. This commitment is in the best tradition of Edmund Rice and is matched by the sincere attention paid to prayer in both formal and informal liturgies. St Pius X College is committed to giving practical testimony to the message of Jesus through the care and energy it gives to all aspects of the boys’ lives.
I look forward to 2013 with great anticipation and working to develop each student in our school. I welcome everyone to the 2013 school year and I look forward to seeing you over the coming year at the events and activities we share together.