Welcome Bulletin January 2020

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I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Happy New Year and welcome you to 2020 at Macarthur.  A particularly warm welcome to the many new parents who are joining our community for the first time this year.  I have no doubt that you and your children will enjoy your association with the School and the Macarthur family.

This week all students from Year 7 to Year 12 are off on camps and our Transition to Year 6 students begin their classes. No doubt there is a sense of excitement mixed with a little anxiety. The teachers are all well prepared for this coming week.

A good deal of work has been done around the campus during the vacation period including the Transition and Kindergarten play area, as well as the new toilet facilities for the Middle School and Senior School students. The Science laboratories have been relocated as we prepare for the construction to begin on the Integrated Studies Centre, most likely in May.

The 2019 Academic Year has seen a number of excellent academic achievements.  At every level, students have produced outstanding work, showing their deep knowledge and understanding. Students have received accolades in statewide, national and international competitions for History, ICT, Science, Indonesian, Mathematics and English among others.  I am sure you will enjoy reading some of the Higher School Certificate successes contained in this Bulletin. You may want to look at the Academic Success booklet that details these students success on our School website. This link will take you there.

I look forward to seeing you as Summer Term 2020 progresses.

Dr David Nockles

HSC and University Entrance Mark (ATAR) Successes

The Year 12 class of 2019 continued the School’s tradition of proven academic success. Macarthur ranked 57th out of over 800 schools which had candidates sit the HSC in 2019, placing the School in the top 7% of all schools in NSW.  Macarthur is the top scoring comprehensive school in the greater Macarthur, Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly areas. The School Council and entire Macarthur staff are thrilled with the exemplary results attained by the 2019 cohort.  Macarthur places an emphasis on our students developing an enduring understanding of their work, not simply acquiring knowledge, through the development of deep, critical and creative thinking.  These outstanding results reflect Macarthur’s strong academic culture of thinking in which our students are encouraged to strive for excellence to the Glory of God.

Summary of Achievements

The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank is the measure used for matriculation or university entrance.  In 2019 the students achieved the following ATAR results:

18% of students achieved an ATAR of 95 or higher

35% of students achieved an ATAR of 90 or higher

48% of students achieved an ATAR of 85 or higher

60% of students achieved an ATAR of 80 or higher

74% of students achieved an ATAR of 75 or higher

77% of students achieved an ATAR of 70 or higher

Isaiah Kezelos - 99.35

1st in Indonesian Extension

5th in Indonesian Continuers

7th in Music 1

Isaiah is planning to study Actuarial Studies at Macquarie University.

Shivani Mistry - 99.35

Shivani is planning to study Medical Science at the University of New South Wales.

Top Achievers

Congratulations to the following Top Achievers who placed in the top 10 of the State.

Isaiah Kezelos

  •  1st in Indonesian Extension
  • 5th in Indonesian Continuers
  • 7th in Music 1

Morgan Reidy

  • 5th in English Extension 1 

Lara Lindsay

  • 3rd in Indonesian Extension

Tiffany Lee-Walker

  • 5th in Mathematics Standard 2

NESA Exhibition and Performance Showcases

Harrison Barrett - ART EXPRESS (Visual Arts) 

Sofia Iorfino - Shape Nomination (Design and  Technology) 

Isaiah Kezelos - ENCORE Nomination (Music) 

Lara Lindsay - OnStage Nomination (Drama) 


Notable Subject Results

Esther Alexander
           95% Agriculture 

Joshua Hand 
           95% Mathematics Standard 2

Isaiah Kezelos
           99% Music  1
           95% Indonesian Continuers
           95% Mathematics 
           48/50 Indonesian Extension 

Tiffany Lee-Walker
           99% Mathematics Standard 2

Shivani Mistry
           97% Business Studies
           97% English Advanced
           96% Legal Studies 

Bethany Noakes
           47/50 English Extension 1

Morgan Reidy
           50/50 English Extension 1 
           97% English Advanced 
           49/50 English Extension 2

In Detail - From The Dean of Studies

Macarthur Anglican School’s Year 12 students have excelled in 2019 having achieved some of the School’s best ever HSC results. Over one-third of this year’s cohort achieved an ATAR over 90 and 60% of students received an ATAR of over 80. 

The Headmaster, Dr David Nockles is once again “absolutely delighted” for the students and their outstanding effort. 

 “With all the talk of declining educational standards nationally, it is wonderful to see our school consistently bucking this negative trend, especially in our part of Sydney. We have a strong academic culture at Macarthur. We set the bar high and share the students’ joy when they rise to meet the challenges set before them.”

Although the School has consistently ranked in the top 100 schools in New South Wales, it achieved its best performance this year with a rank of 57 state-wide. This places Macarthur in the top 7% of all schools sitting students for the Higher School Certificate. “What makes me particularly proud,” said Dr Nockles, is that we can achieve these terrific results without being an academically selective school, but welcoming students of all abilities.”

Among Macarthur’s top performers was its School Captain Isaiah Kezelos. Isaiah achieved 1st in the State in Indonesian Extension, 5th in the State in Indonesian Continuers and 7th in Music 1. Isaiah was also Equal DUX of the cohort together with fellow student Shivani Mistry. Both students achieved an ATAR of 99.35 and were also deemed ‘Best All Rounders’ with scores over 90% across 10 units of study.

Other successful students included Morgan Reidy (5th in English Extension 1), Lara Lindsay (3rd in Indonesian Extension) and Tiffany Lee-Walker (5th in Mathematics Standard 2).

Macarthur’s top achievers have studied a wide variety of courses from the 37 subjects offered at HSC level. For most subjects, the results are well above the State Average with Agriculture, Ancient History, Biology, Design and Technology, Drama, Geography, Information Processes and Technology, Legal Studies, Mathematics Standard 2, Music 1, Physics, PDHPE, Modern History, Society and Culture, Visual Arts and Indonesian Continuers leading the field.

Dr Nockles, who has published research on what makes effective schools, advocates that, “Students who balance their academic study with co-curricular, extra-curricular involvement and sport have the greatest opportunity for success in the HSC as they are far more likely to study effectively when they’re engaged and happy with their wider school life.”

81% of Macarthur’s students received early university offers and some have received academic scholarships. 60% of Macarthur students have been recognised as Distinguished Achievers for attaining Band 6 or E4 results and 89% of students gained Band 5 or E3 results and above. Students also appeared on the HSC Honour Roll 94 times. 

Isaiah is looking for a future in Actuarial Studies at Macquarie University, while Shivani will be pursuing a Medical Science degree at UNSW.  But in this Macarthur cohort the study plans are wide and varied and include Medicine, Engineering, Law, Business, Nursing, Economics, Psychology, Agriculture and Teaching.

“Our School motto is Enter to Learn, Go Out to Serve,’” said Isaiah. “Many of us see our futures in serving our local community with the skills we have gained at school and will develop further at university.” In a similar vein, Dr Nockles remarked, “It’s not just about the great results. Education is about the formation of character and in the 2019 cohort we have it in spades!”
Mr Kylie Elling

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