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Students celebrate SACE results

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After what has been a difficult year, Catholic colleges around the State are celebrating the outstanding achievements – and resilience – of the Class of 2020.

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After much anticipation, the Year 12 results were released yesterday, with 3287 Catholic school graduates from across 33 Catholic schools obtaining their SACE. Overall there was a 99.58 per cent SACE completion, 6394 results achieved in the A Band, and 355 merit certificates awarded to 280 students.

Nine Catholic school students were named recipients of the prestigious Governor of SA Commendation Excellence Awards, which recognise academic excellence as well as the ‘qualities young people need for community life, citizenship and work’.

They are Giovanni Elias of Rostrevor College, who was also Dux of the school; Paras Stefanopoulos, St Michael’s College (Dux); David Sutton, Xavier College (Dux); Gianni Bergamin, Rostrevor College; Gabrielle Connolly, Cardijn College; Catherine Dalton, St Mary’s College; Silas Hansch-Maher, Saint Ignatius’ College (Dux); Kate McKay, Loreto College; Wesley Weetra, Cardijn College (Dux).

Giovanni Elias and Gianni Bergamin

Silas Hansch-Maher and Kate McKay

Catherine Dalton and Wesley Weetra

Gabrielle Connolly and Paras Stefanopoulos

David Sutton

Catholic Education director Dr Neil McGoran said the 2020 student cohort could be “justifiably proud” of their achievements.

“In a year like no other, not even a pandemic has been a barrier to our students,” he said.

“I congratulate the students on their focus and determination. They have demonstrated incredible resilience during a challenging year.

“I also express my thanks to the students’ families who have been alongside them throughout this year and, indeed, throughout their 13 years of schooling.”

Dr McGoran paid tribute to the teachers and school staff who have supported this year’s cohort.

“Thank you for your dedication, tenacity and collegiality during this extraordinary year. Clearly, there have been many challenges but, in each case, you have overcome them and have done so with such grace and goodwill.”

A number of students from Catholic schools undertook the International Baccalaureate Diploma and their results will be available in early January 2021.

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