For Queensland graduating students, it has been a year of firsts and unprecedented (as stated many times by world leaders) events.
The COVID-19 pandemic meant schools across Australia went into ‘alternate learning arrangements’ and, in Queensland, students graduated under the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) system for the first time.
In the face of all this, Mt Maria College Petrie students have knuckled down and proved their community culture leads to high performance and favorable results.
Graduating students, Aidan Marsland and April Dawson-Bourke sat down with Mt Maria College Petrie Principal, Wayne Chapman to talk about their year of unique experiences and how they went.
“It’s been a daunting year, and exams just kept coming and coming and we were all prepared for it, but yeah, I think I did well,” Aidan said in the video chat.
Principal Chapman went on to ask the students what they had learned at the college apart from curriculum content.
“How to have a voice,” April replied.
“When I started here, I was quite shy.
“I wasn’t out there, but since I got more comfortable here and the teachers really helped me come out of my shell, and I really opened up.”
When asked about what is next, Aidan said he wants to study secondary teaching at Australian Catholic University (ACU) and April said she wants to study a bachelor of science combined with teaching.
On reflection, Principal Chapman put context around the college achievements.
“We have students here achieving incredibly high results in high level general subjects, and who are aiming for university entrance, alongside students in pursuit of trades and other pathways,” Principal Chapman said in email correspondence with trueAU.NEWS.
“Students like Aidan and April demonstrate the very academic nature of learning that our college presents, in addition to our other learning offerings and our highly inclusive nature.”