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Catholic school students celebrate SACE results


Catholic Education South Australia has congratulated the ‘Class of 2019’ on their outstanding SACE results that were released today.

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A total of 3455 graduates from 34 Catholic schools have obtained their SACE, representing a 99.54 per cent completion. More than 6000 results were in the A Band and 312 merit certificates were awarded to 269 students.

“This year’s student cohort can be justifiably proud of their achievements,” said Dr Neil McGoran, director of Catholic Education SA.

“Congratulations to the Catholic school students who received one or more subject merits. These students gained an overall subject grade of A+ and demonstrated exceptional achievement in that subject.

“I congratulate the students on their focus and determination. I also express my thanks to the teachers and the students’ families who have supported them throughout this year and, indeed, throughout their 13 years of schooling.”

A number of students from Catholic schools undertake the International Baccalaureate Diploma, a senior secondary program that is administered globally. Their results will be available on January 3.

Coinciding with the release of results this morning, the 2019 Governor of South Australia Commendation Excellence Awards were announced. The awards acknowledge students for their excellence in Year 12 SACE subjects and the ‘qualities young people need for community life, citizenship and work’. Nine students from Catholic schools were among the 28 recipients. They are:

Archer Newton, Rostrevor College (main picture) achieved merits in English, Psychology, Physics and Research Project B and was named joint Dux of the school. The entrepreneur set up three concurrent online businesses connected with the children’s game Minecraft, which generated income to pay for school fees and buy IT equipment. He volunteers at the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, assisting pateints recovering from injury and illness by providing transport, companionship, help with hobbies and playing the occasional card game. He is also a young adult mentor at Rotary Morialta. The talented guitarist, percussionist and pianist regularly performs in Rostrevor’s senior rock band and twice made ‘Superband’ selection at Mount Gambier’s Generations in Jazz festival – one of the highest accolades for school-aged musicians.


Lachlan Gwynne

Lachlan Gwynne, St Michael’s College is a talented motor racing driver but in April was involved in an accident when his car rolled during a speedway race in Mildura. Despite suffering severe back and ankle injuries, the school leader showed great resilience, keeping up with his school work and achieving outstanding results. Lachlan was a positive role model to Year 7 students at the school, many of whom are refugees from Afghanistan and northern Africa.

Jack Kelton

Jack Kelton, Sacred Heart College was recognised for his community involvement as junior captain of the Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club and mentoring younger members, while gaining a host of qualifications. At school he excelled in maths and helped other students at the college. Jack and two of his friends set up a profitable small business, designing and manufacturing products on his 3D printer. He plays Aussie Rules football but also represented South Australia in American football. He volunteers with his grandparents at Vinnies.

Sophie Meynell

Sophie Meynell, Cardijn College was college captain this year and was involved in a range of voluntary initiatives, including being a member of the Young Christian Students Group which helps the poor and needy in her local community. Sophie was the only female member in the F1 in Schools team which won State and national titles, and she is a passionate advocate for STEM. She also led the local soup kitchen, as well as supporting Fred’s Van. Outside of school, Sophie is a member of the Moana Surf Life Saving Club and a member of Hackham Scouts.

Maya Murali

Maya Murali, St Aloysius College achieved merits in Biology and English and was joint Dux of the school. She was actively involved in instigating a sponsorship process across the Year 12 cohort to support a child’s education at the School of St Jude in Tanzania. Maya was the school’s SRC president and a leader of the SHE Leads High Program, which encourages female leadership among the SRC. She also had the lead role in the 2019 school musical.


Ella Thorne

Ella Thorne, Xavier College achieved merits in Psychology and Research Project B and was Proxime Accessit. She is an accomplished sportswoman with a passion for physical activity and positive health outcomes. For the past 10 years Ella has played netball for the community of Mallala, winning best and fairest and volunteering in the roles of scoring, timing, umpiring and fundraising. Her research project focused on nutrition and in particular, contributing factors to childhood obesity.

Hillary Thursby

Hillary Thursby, St Mary’s College achieved merits in Research Project B and Ancient Studies and was Proxime Accessit. Hillary was the school’s Justice Captain and created more than 200 Shoe Boxes of Love. This involved visiting every class and encouraging students to donate essential toiletries and age appropriate Christmas gifts. Hillary also led her school community to action for the Vinnies winter appeal, a soup lunch and organised Live Below the Line, 40 Hour Sacrifice and winter sleep out events.

Georgia Williams

Georgia Williams, Loreto College has dedicated the year to helping others, both within school and the wider community. She has raised funds the Little Heroes Foundation as well as Still Aware, an organisation that raises awareness and research for stillbirths. Fundraising events included a regular market stall at Stirling, weekly raffle tickets, selling baked goods and holding a bonfire night. Georgia also hosted a crazy  hair day where she had her head shaved in front of a large audience and donated her locks to help make wigs for children with cancer.

Chloe Futcher

Chloe Futcher, Tenison Woods College, Mount Gambier achieved merits in Biology, English and Research Project B and was named Dux of the school. She mentored younger students as part of the Learning Assistance Program by listening to them read and helping them with their homework. For the past two years Chloe was an after-school tutor for Year 11 students to help them with their maths and science subjects. She was the school’s wellbeing leader and ran charity events including Harmony Day and raising awareness of Motor Neurone Disease.


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