How do we bring these opportunities to life for our students with the resources at our disposal?
We need resources to make these initiatives happen. The addition of Packages for Year 10 in 2021 will bring our class sizes down for this cohort. Last week, the College Finance Team were presented with a budget that balances. Traditionally our budget would see some surplus to meet strategic needs, however, our estimates at this point are conservative. There will be an increase in fees, as per most years. This is to be expected.
At the same time, we offer assistance to families who require support. I often take the opportunity to share that as a student attending the College, I, too, received fee support; now it is my time on the other side of the Principal’s desk! Please see Ms Gabi Woods or myself, if you need support now or in the future.
Class Sizes: How do ours compare at MRC?
Our student to teacher ratio at the College is 11.65:1. Nationally, independent secondary schools have a ratio of 12.1:1, Catholic schools 13.9:1 and State schools 14.2:1. We are passionate about bringing what we can to our students with this low ratio.
Upon Graduation, how have our students fared?
In 2019, 95% of our Graduates last year achieved their TCE, much greater than the statewide attainment. Seven of our Year 12 students were accepted into Medicine at universities around the country. This year, 72 out of 99 students have been offered early entry to UTAS for 2021.
It is in the area of apprenticeships that is showing the greatest movement. I am astounded by the volume of calls and emails we receive relating to regional businesses seeking our students to become apprentices at their respective workplaces. Why might this be the case? I’ll let you decide!
Furthermore, we are exploring how we can make Catholic Education more sustainable for the young people of Circular Head. Did you know, we have approximately 80 students who travel a considerable distance every day to attend this college? Again, this is a sign that our contribution to the lives of our young people is highly valued in the region. In early November, our Circular Head Project team will meet with our facilitator, Lynda Jones from The Noagroup, to explore the opportunities that exist for our students.
We look forward to providing our community with opportunities to engage with us as we venture on our journey together and we remain committed to communicating with you throughout.
Mr Gregg Sharman