It is with a great sense of privilege and pride that I acknowledge the efforts and achievements of the Class of 2022.
After two years of challenges caused by the pandemic the Class of 2022 have emerged from the uncertainties of this period and embraced the many opportunities afforded to you here at Whitefriars to reach their full potential as learners and achieve the results they richly deserve.
It is very pleasing to see that the percentage of ATARs over 80 has grown from 34% in 2021 to 37% in 2022. There has also been a comparable increase in ATARs over 60 and over 70. The percentage of study scores over 40 this year was 5.5% and overall, the median ATAR increased from 74 to 77.
The College has maintained a median study score of 31, which is above the state average.
Our VCAL students also achieved excellent outcomes with the majority having secured apprenticeships or employment in 2023. In 2022 the number of students undertaking a VCAL pathway increased by 50%, which is a wonderful testament to the diversity of the students in this cohort, as well as the ability of Whitefriars to cater for the varied interests and aspirations of our young men.
Our 2022 VCE Dux Liam Gilmour, achieved an excellent ATAR score of 96.70. This is a testament to Liam’s diligence and dedication. Next year Liam hopes to take up a place at Monash University, studying a double degree in Engineering and Commerce.
We are equally proud of our VCAL Dux, Harry Apostolopoulos, whose hard work, maturity and leadership will see him embark on an apprenticeship in Sports Turf Management at Green Acres Golf Course.
These two young men are representative of a group of students who achieved personal excellence across a broad range of pathways.
I would like to pay tribute to the many Whitefriars College staff who along with our wonderful parents have walked alongside these students throughout their six years at the College and who have dedicated themselves to supporting them to reach their full potential.
To the Class of 2022, I say well done. My prayer is that each of you find your way in the world beyond the College as good citizens and good gentle men.
Almae In Fide Parentis
Mr Mark Murphy