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Written on the 21 February 2017 by Mr Paul Belton
Welcome to new staff.
Mr Nicholas Sharrad has also joined us and he has been appointed to the position of Leader of House (Marlow). Nicholas, too, is a very experienced leader and teacher having held senior positions at Xavier College and Seymour College across both the learning and pastoral care sections of these schools. He is a senior Science and Research Project teacher and has a great record of achievement in these subjects.
Mrs Alison Cobiac has joined us as an ESO in the Inclusive Education department. Alison has recently re-located to Adelaide from Launceston in Tasmania. She has a wealth of experience both as a teacher and as a leader of an Inclusive Education Department in her previous school. Alison, like our other new staff, has already endeared herself to both the students and staff.
We welcome all these new staff members and hope their time with us at St Paul's will be both rewarding and fulfilling.
Academic and Co-curricular Assemblies.
Over the first two weeks of school we have held two of our most important celebrations. These were our Academic and Co-curricular Assemblies. At the Academic Assembly we welcomed back the academic high achievers from our 2016 Year 12 cohort. Our 2016 Year 12 students produced the most outstanding results we have experienced here at St Paul's, and they compare extremely favourably with any group of boys' results across South Australia.
In the top half over 21% of all the individual subject grades were an A. This is absolutely fabulous and something we should be extremely proud of. In addition to this statistic we had 100% success (i.e. above a C) in every Maths and English subject. Given the background of our students and the language barriers many have had to overcome since arriving in Australia these results are nothing short of sensational. One teacher in particular, Mr Rob Nak, achieved 20 A's, 6 B's and 1 C in his Business & Enterprise class of 27 students! Well done Rob.
At this assembly our 2016 Dux, William Abbott (ATAR of 98.95) spoke to the boys and his speech was particularly inspirational for the boys and the staff. Thank you, and good luck Will.
The Co-Curricular Assembly acknowledged the most senior of our summer sporting teams. Students were recognised for their commitment to their chosen sports and for their willingness to contribute to the life of the College. Co-curricular is a very important component of the community life of the College. Our boys and families must realise that it is about commitment rather than involvement when volunteering to be a part of this program. Boys are expected to give of their best and nominate for the activities/sports that they are most proficient in. This is no more than we would expect of our staff give of your best in all you do.
Have a great week, God Bless
Author: Mr Paul Belton
About: Mr Belton is the Principal of St Paul's College and passionate about holistic education for boys. A former member of the SANFL grand final winning, Port Adelaide Magpies, he is also the Coach of the Year 10 Football Team.