2019 HSC Results

St Mary’s Cathedral College Class of 2019 have achieved HSC results that are among the very best in the history of the College.

Students from the College appeared 99 times on the Distinguished Achievers merit list, which recognises students who score in the top band in a subject (a mark of 90% or better). These appearances were shared among 39 students in 25 courses. Expressed as a percentage of papers sat, this figure placed St Mary’s Cathedral College in 82nd place in NSW. This was a jump of more than ten places from last year and makes Cathedral College the best performed boys’ Catholic systemic school in the state.

Four students appeared on the All Rounders merit list. Blaize Farah, Edward Ford, Anthony Haddad, and Oliver Jackson all scored Band 6 results in ten or more units of the HSC. Among the uniformly excellent results of this quartet, Edward Ford finished 4th in the state in History Extension with a mark of 50/50 and Blaize Farah finished 8th in English Extension I with 49/50. These students joined Marcus D’Alessio and Andrew Stuart, who finished equal 7th in Construction Examination, on the Top Achievers merit list.

The tremendous results achieved by students were reflected in the ATARs, which are the means by which students are offered tertiary study places. While not all ATARs are currently available, at least 22 students received an ATAR of 90 or above. The ATARs of Blaize Farah (99.60), Edward Ford (99.60), Anthony Haddad (99.55), and Oliver Jackson (99.35) are particularly noteworthy and quite unprecedented for the College, but many students received ranks far in excess of their expectations.

In addition to results connected with the formal examinations, many students have had their work acknowledged by nomination and selection in the various NESA showcases for practical works. Perrin Ford’s composition for Music Extension will be performed as part of the Encore! showcase. Ryan Cussen’s Visual Arts Body of Work will be exhibited at ArtExpress. Nine students had their Industrial Technology works nominated for inclusion in Shape and InTech. Edward Ford’s History Extension Personal Research Project was Runner Up in the HTA/University of Sydney History Extension prize.

None of the results achieved by the Class of 2019 would have been possible without the work of the College’s teaching staff. Both the teachers with HSC classes and those teachers that prepared the students in earlier years deserve commendation and recognition for their tireless efforts and their determination to help every student achieve the best possible result.

We congratulate all the members of the Class of 2019 on their successes, both collective and individual, and look forward to acknowledging the students at an Academic Assembly early in 2020.

2018 HSC Results

The St Mary’s Cathedral College Class of 2018 continued the tradition of achieving outstanding HSC results. From a cohort of 97 students, 40 candidates appeared at least once on the Premier’s Distinguished Achievers list, which requires students to achieve a Band 6 (a mark above 90) in an individual subject. Students from the College recorded a total of 86 appearances on the list, with a further three notional Band 6 results. When expressed as a percentage of courses examined, this result placed the College in 90th position in the state; consequently we are among the state’s best performing non-selective boys’ schools.

Students who achieved one or more Band 6 results were: Liam Barrett, Luka Belobrajdic, Patrick Benfield, Thomas Canavan, Joshua Cordovado, Albert Dahman, Ryley Davar, Eugene De Rooy, Max Donati, Joseph Doyle, Sebastian Gajda, Mark Giuffrida, Saxon Glasser, Elias Haddad, Sam Haifa, Hugo Hayman, Adrian Huynh, Andrew Kannan, Joshua Karadaghian, Lichaa Kasses, John Koch, Gerard Louis, Aaron Mak, Luka Medanic, Benjamin Menzie, Jayden Mifsud, Steven Milogiannakis, Javier Mobellan, Joshua Newman, John Papagelis, Nivodh Seneviratne, Joshua Sy, Adrian Sze, Justin Tran, Christopher Ursino, Robert White, and Sam Wrigley. An indicator of the cohort’s success is that 84 students (out of 97) were offered a place in university for 2019.

Elias Haddad was listed on the All-round Achievers merit list, having achieved a result in the highest band possible (Band 6 or Band E4) in 10 or more units of courses attempted. We are also proud of  Javier Mobellan (Music 2), Sam Haifa (Studies of Religion I) and John Papagelis (Modern Greek Beginners) who were placed first in course in the Sydney Diocese.

Amazingly, Cathedral students scored an average mark above the state average in 25 of the 30 courses offered. Courses with notable above-state-averages included Ancient History (8.01), Construction (5.67), English Standard (5.46), Industrial Technology (14.8), Modern History (10.5), Music 1 (7.7), PDHPE (5.14), and SOR 2 (7.58) .

The College is equally proud of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) achieved by many of our students. This rank is used by students to attain places in universities. Twenty-one students received an ATAR over 90. We congratulate all these students. Special mention goes to Elias Haddad, the College Dux of 2018, who received  an ATAR of 99.60. Other students who received an ATAR above 90 were Nivodh Seneviratne (98.00), Thomas Canavan (97.30), Liam Barrett (97.20), Adrian Huynh (97.20), Mark Giuffrida (96.85),Gerard Louis (96.40), Eugene De Rooy (96.30), Joseph Doyle (95.85), Luka Belobrajdic (94.45), Sam Haifa (94.35), John Papagelis (94.35), Javier Mobellan (94.250, Adrian Sze (93.00), Justin Tran (92.55), Lichaa Kasses (92.15), Andrew Kennedy (91.90), Joshua Sy (90.45), Saxon Glasser (90.35), Andrew Kim (90.20), and Sebastian Gajda (90.10)

Congratulations to Peter Anagnostopoulos, Joshua Cordovado, Albert Dahman, Max Donati, John Kassiou, John Koch, Luka Medanic, Nivodh Seneviratne, Adrian Sze, (all Graphics) and Joe-Anthony Carrozza (Multimedia),  for their nominations for the InTech and Shape showcases celebrating the 2018 elite major works in Industrial Technology.

Once again, I wish to congratulate the class of 2018 on their hard work and commendable results. It is worth noting that these results would not have been achieved without the excellent guidance from the Cathedral staff.

Mr Jason Marks
Leader of Learning, Curriculum

 

2017 HSC Results

The St Mary’s Cathedral College Class of 2017 continued the tradition of achieving outstanding HSC results. From a cohort of 96 students, 34 candidates appeared at least once on the Premier’s Distinguished Achievers list, which requires students to achieve a Band 6 (a mark above 90) in an individual subject. Students from the College recorded a total of 70 appearances on the list, with a further four notional Band 6 results. When expressed as a percentage of courses examined, this result placed the College in 118th position in the state, and among the state’s best performing non-selective boys’ schools. Boys who received results in the highest band were: Terence Au, Sergio Barca, Ryan Beetson, Harrison Carr, Thomas Cherian, Leonard Chung, Will Devenish, Paulo Franks, Max Furby, Jonathan Green, Seth Gripton, Damien Ha, William Hack, Jonathan Harris, Jarrod Houbert, Nicholas Jacobs, Daniel Jajcevic, Christopher Kartsiotis, Matthew Mallos, Joel Marks, Angus McGregor, Conor McLynsky, Juan Simon Mendoza, Nicholas Mooney, Benjamin Morrison, Markus Nasser, Conor Nastasi, Daniel Roth, Michael Salem, Ivan Siljeg, Thomas Sweeney, Daniel Tedjasendjaja, Billy Vasiliou, and Edward Wong

Furthermore, the College received two mentions on NESA’s Top Achievers list for students who have gained one of the top places in a HSC course. Congratulations to Daniel Jajcevic for his seventh place in Industrial technology and Billy Vasiliou for his fifth place in Construction. We are also proud of Daniel Jajcevic (Industrial Technology), Sergio Barca (Music 2 and Music Extension), Paolo Franks (Music Extension), Thomas Sweeney (PDHPE), and Billy Vasiliou (Construction) all of whom achieved the highest HSC mark within the Sydney diocese for their respective course.

Cathedral students scored an average mark above the state average in 24 of the 25 courses offered. Courses with notable above-state-averages included Biology (5.8), Industrial Technology (15.13), Mathematics (5.58), Mathematics General (5.99), Music 1 (5.05), PDHPE (6.57), Studies of Religion (9.02) and Visual Arts (5.31).

The College is equally proud of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) achieved by many of our students. This rank is used by students to attain places in universities. Eighteen students received an ATAR over 90. We congratulate all these students. Special mention is due to Angus McGregor, the College Dux of 2016, who received an ATAR of 97.40. Other students who received an ATAR above 90 were: Terence Au (97.2), Thomas Sweeney (97.15), Joel Marks (96.5), Daniel Jajcevic (96.35), Markus Nasser (96.25), Conor Nastasi (95.45), William Hack (95.1), Edward Wong (94.7), Romani Mikhail (94.6), Nicholas Mooney (94.1), Thomas Cherian (94.05), Ivan Siljeg (93.6), Damian Ha (93.25), Nicholas Jacobs (92.95), William Devenish (92.6), Conor McLynskey (92.45), and Harrison Carr (91.25).

Congratulations are also due to Sergio Barca who received a nomination for Encore, which is a program which acknowledges outstanding performances, compositions and musicology by students from their HSC Music examinations; and to Matthew Mallos (Multimedia), Kevin Al-Haddad (Graphics), Daniel Jajcevic (Graphic), Christopher Kartsiotis (Timber), Daniel Roth (Graphics), and Michael Salem (Graphics) whose works were nominated for InTech and Shape, showcases celebrating the elite major works in Industrial Technology. Nicholas Mooney (Multimedia) was not only nominated but will present his work at Shape.

Once again, I wish to congratulate the class of 2017 on their hard work and commendable results. It is worth noting that these results would not have been achieved without the excellent guidance from the Cathedral staff.

Mr Jason Marks
Leader of Learning, Curriculum

2017 Athletics Carnival

The 2017 Athletics Championships were held on Friday August 18 at ES Marks Field in  Kensington. The blustery conditions made it very difficult, but full credit to the staff and students of the College who participated with enthusiasm to ensure we had a successful carnival.

The Age Champions will be announced at the next College Assembly. Congratulations to Vaughan House, for winning their third Athletics Championship in a row. The final results were:

Vaughan 1168 points
Moran  1151 points
Kelly 1028 points
Polding 968 points

2017 Concert

Opera has claims to be the greatest of all art forms, combining music, drama, and narrative together with dance and the plastic arts into a unified, collaborative artistic expression. On Friday 23rd June at the Sydney Town Hall the entire College community came together to both celebrate and enact this multi-dimensional art form in the 2017 Concert, A Night at the Opera.

The College’s well-drilled instrumental ensembles performed a number of pieces from operas, both traditional and contemporary. These included the College Orchestra combining with the Sydney Youth Orchestra under the baton of Mr Brian Buggy to present Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville; the Senior Concert Band performing ‘Te Deum’ from Tosca and ‘Witches’ Sabbath’ from Le Villi (both composed by Puccini); and the combined forces of the Intermediate and Junior Concert bands playing a medley of songs from The Phantom of the Opera.

Other ensemble pieces featured the College’s professionally trained singers. Under the direction of Mr Thomas Wilson the Cathedral Choir sang Handel’s famous ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from The Messiah; and in Act II, accompanied by the Town Hall Organ, the largest in the southern hemisphere, they gave a wonderful performance of Britten’s setting of Rejoice in the Lamb. The College’s Vocal Ensemble performed the most famous song from Rent, ‘Seasons of Love’, and Year 12 students Kendall Kim and Jarrod Houbert evoked favourable comparisons with Simon & Garfunkel in their impassioned reading of ‘Sounds of Silence’.

The quality of the College’s brass players was much in evidence. Patrick Benfield and Nicholas Mooney (trumpets) soloed powerfully in the Stage Band’s swinging renditions of ‘Cool’ from West Side Story and Gershwin’s deathless ‘Summertime’ from Porgy and Bess. Trumpeter Sergio Barca demonstrated the control and clarion tone that have won him membership in a number of prestigious youth ensembles in ‘Prelude En Rondeau’. And Paolo Franks, 2017 music captain, joined eleven other trombonists on stage in the world premiere of a piece to honour Mr Michael Wyborn’s twenty-five years of service to the College: ‘The Knights of Wybornia’.  Other displays of instrumental virtuosity included Valentin Estrella’s ‘The Ride of the Valkyries’ on the organ, and a number of shorter pieces featuring percussionists wringing music from a variety of instruments under the direction of Mr Luke Robinson.

The Concert’s traditional crowd-pleasers—the Primary and Year 7 items, and the Hip Hop dancers—were typically engaging and polished. The Primary students sang and danced ‘A Policeman’s Lot’ from The Pirates of Penzance and the Year 7 students summoned hippy chic in ‘Superstar’ from Jesus Christ Superstar. Throughout the evening Drama students from Year 10 provided entertaining commentary on the night’s proceedings and reminded the audience that the Marx Brothers also enjoyed A Night at the Opera.

The traditional finale, the Massed Choir item, was this year preceded by a second world premiere, a fascinating amalgam of choral singing, harp-playing, and Italian neo-realist cinema. Composed by Ms Sharon Calcraft, ‘Yeshua Calls his Talmidim’ featured scenes from Pasolnini’s The Gospel According to St Matthew accompanied by Mr Rowan Phemister’s harp, the Primary Choir, and the astonishing solo voice of Blaize Farah (Year 10). The Massed Choir had already displayed their power and commitment, delivering a rousing ‘Anvil Chorus’ from Verdi’s Il Trovatore early in Act I. But they outdid themselves in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, which also showcased singers from Year 12 and the guitar pyrotechnics of Damien Ha, and Patrick Doyle’s ‘Non Nobis Domine’, where the overlapping voices of the younger and older students eventually came together in a wave of sound that shook the Town Hall.

Hundreds of hours of preparation are required to stage such an event. Particular thanks must go to the Musical Director, Ms Mirella Di Giorgio, and her colleagues in the Music Department, Ms Miranda McHattan and Ms Liliane Cooley; to Mr Michael Wyborn and Mr Thomas Wilson; and to the various peripatetic music and other teachers, all of whom were intimately involved in the development of individual items.

2017 Edmund Rice Day

On Friday 12th May the College gathered to celebrate a Mass honouring the founder of the Christian Brothers, Blessed Edmund Rice.

The Mass was celebrated by Fr Don Richardson, Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral, and featured wonderful singing from the choir. A number of Christian Brothers were guests of honour at the Mass. Staff who have served more than ten years at the College were acknowledged with a presentation and Br Anthony Whelan, an Old Boy of the College, delivered the keynote address. Br Whelan spoke of the vital role played by women in the life of Blessed Edmund Rice, in forming his character and encouraging his vocation. Edmund Rice drew strength during times of struggle from the example of his mother, his wife, his daughter, and from Our Lady.

Following Mass all students enjoyed a lunch provided by the College and cooked by senior students. The entire community then gathered in the Hall for the tenth renewal of Cathedral’s Got Talent, presided over by Mr Ciaschetti. The quality of the acts was uniformly very high. Special mention goes to the winners Blake McCarren and Oliver Jackson; second placed Corey Tuifua; and Kendal Kim and Jarrod Houbert, third.

The crowd were particularly thrilled with the vocal stylings of Mr Khoury and the surprise appearance of Jerome Murillo (Class of 2016), cup-stacker extraordinaire. Jerome drove from Canberra in order to wow the crowd, and he received a huge ovation on appearing and when completing his act.

Many thanks to all the staff involved in the running of the Mass and the coordinating of activities, particularly Mr Ciaschetti.

2017 Europe Trip

During the holidays following Term One, Mr Clark, Mr Garry, Ms Marshall, Ms Devenish as well as 21 students, myself included, flew from Sydney to Europe to begin a trip that would see us travel through parts of France, Belgium, and the United Kingdom.

Arriving in Paris, we began with a walk through the city’s streets, seeing the magnificent Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Panthéon, and the July Column in the Place de la Bastille. Among many other things, the group went to see where Van Gogh lived, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, the Catacombs, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe. We visited museums and galleries, including the extensive Louvre Palace and Museum, the Musée Rodin, and the Musée d’Orsay; we admired the architecture as well as the art it enclosed. Following Paris, we travelled to Louis XIV’s Palace at Versailles and Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny, before moving on to Amiens and beginning our journey along World War One’s Western Front, where our understanding of and appreciation for the soldiers’ efforts was increased by our knowledgeable guide.

Visiting the many cemeteries was significant, especially the Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery, as all the students had either studied or were studying the life of a soldier who fell during the Battle of Fromelles. We received notice only days before that Channel Seven would cover our visit and broadcast a story to Australia.

After visiting sites in Belgium, we travelled through the Channel Tunnel to the United Kingdom. London was completely different to Paris in appearance but charming. We visited more museums and galleries, including Tate Britain, the Imperial War Museum, and the British Museum. The group also went to the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and various other sites. We were also able to enjoy the musical Wicked and Oxford Street, Europe’s busiest shopping street. All the students were very sorry when the 2017 Europe trip suddenly came to a close and very appreciative of the efforts of the teachers who organised the trip and accompanied us during their own holidays.

Kristian Marijanovic
Year 10

2017 Swimming Carnival

The St Mary’s Cathedral College community gathered under heatwave conditions at Canterbury Pool for the annual carnival on Friday 10th February. The oppressive heat did not wilt House spirit, however, with constant cheering happening throughout the course of the day. Congratulations to Polding House for their overall win, their fourth in succession. Polding were ably led by House Captain Jonathan Shead and the students of Year 12. Final Results were:

Polding 521 points
Kelly 383 points
Moran 373 points
Vaughan 368 points

Individual Age Champions will be recognised at our forthcoming Academic Assembly. Thank you to the large number of parents who came along on the day to support the students. Finally a big thankyou to all the staff that attended the day and assisted with the smooth running of the carnival.

2016 HSC Results

The St Mary’s Cathedral College Class of 2016 achieved the best HSC results for the College for a number of years. From a cohort of 103 students, 35 candidates appeared at least once on the Premier’s Distinguished Achievers list, which requires students to achieve a Band 6 (a mark above 90) in an individual subject. Students from the College recorded a total of 79 appearances on the list, with a further five notional Band 6 results. When expressed as a percentage of courses examined, this result placed the College in 109th position in the state, a marked leap on 2015, and among the state’s best performing non-selective boys’ schools. Furthermore, the College received two mentions on the NSW Premier’s All-Rounders list of students who achieved a Band 6 in every subject. Congratulations to Sebastian Chua and Kurt Glaser on this outstanding achievement.

Cathedral students scored an average mark above the state average in 27 of the 29 courses offered. Courses with notable above-state-averages included Industrial Technology (14.36% above state average), Ancient History (12.64%), Information Processes and Technology (9.06%), Studies of Religion II (8.95%), Mathematics (8.20%), Mathematics (General) (7.43%), Modern History (7.22%), Biology (6.03%), Legal Studies (5.6%), Physics (5.54%), and Construction (5.51%).

The College is equally proud of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) achieved by many of our students. This rank is used by students to attain places in universities. Twenty-four students received an ATAR over 90. We congratulate all these students. Special mention is due to Sebastian Chua, the College Dux of 2016, who received  an ATAR of 99.50.

Congratulations are also due to Matthew Burns, Eoin Liehr and Joe Serra, whose collaborative Drama Project received a nomination for OnStage, and to James Kassiou, Jordan Lorenzatto, Lachlan Paull, Jayden Lam, Zachary Tellis, Louie Zacharopoulos, and David Zhu, whose Industrial Technology Major Works have been nominated for InTech.

Once again, I wish to congratulate the class of 2016 on their hard work and commendable results. It is worth noting that these results would not have been achieved without the excellent guidance from the Cathedral staff.

Mr Jason Marks
Leader of Learning, Curriculum

Carols and Graduation Ceremony

On Monday 12th December the College community gathered in St Mary’s Cathedral to celebrate the Christmas season and recognise the achievements of students who distinguished themselves in academic and other pursuits over the course of 2016. Congratulations to all those students who received awards, to those choristers who added immeasurably to the evening with their carol singing, and all other students present, who conducted themselves so well.