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Time Capsule 150th Anniversary Interment

On Tuesday 22 October 2019, a special Sesquicentenary Ceremony was held for the interment of a 150th anniversary time capsule. The time capsule concept was conceived by former College Captain, Tim Hobbs who captained Prince Alfred College in 2015 and then brought to fruition through the efforts of 2019 Prefects; Alistair Phillips, Thomas Johnson and Seran Perera. Contributions were sought from across all levels of the College to provide a snapshot of life at PAC in 2019. The time capsule will now remain buried beneath our renowned Jacaranda tree behind the main building, where it will be exhumed in 2069, our Bicentennial year.

Prefect Induction 2019/2020.

On Wednesday 25 September 2019, we held the Prefect 2020 Induction Assembly. The College officially inducted the new Prefects for 2019/2020. Each of the 24 new Prefects, were presented with the official Prefect tie by the current 2019 Prefect body. We congratulate all Prefects and wish them well in their leadership roles.

Our Prefects for the remainder of 2019 and for 2020 are:

Edmund Black
Michael Cacas
Oscar Clark
Angus Combe
William Davies
Jaxon Dell’Oro
Nicholas Devlin
Patrick Eteuati
Charlie Gardner
Joshua Garrels
Henry Gerard
Jack Grundy
Ethan Hayes
Liam Hindshaw
Hugo Jordan
Rojan Joshi
Aiden Le
Joshua Lesicar
Angus Parker
Jasper Roberts
Patrick Singleton
Jesse Temme
Preshaan Thavarajah
Edward Tyson

Prof. Andrew Reiner, Max Lawton Visit Fellow, at PAC this week.

This week, the College is delighted to host Prof. Andrew Reiner, the Prince Alfred College 2019 – Max Lawton Visiting Fellow.
Andrew teaches in the Honours College and English department at Towson University (U.S.), where he offers the seminar, “The Changing Face of Masculinity.”
We invite you to read more about Prof. Reiner’s topic, in an article published in the Sunday Mail on the weekend: https://bit.ly/2YM5DEA

He will be at the College working with staff, students and parents, from 5 – 9 August and will present a session for parents entitled “What boys need to hear: how the way we talk to – and don’t talk to boys affects them.”
All families (and guests of College families) are invited to attend this session in the ANZAC Hall on Tuesday 6 August, from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, with refreshments to follow.
Bookings may be made by clicking the following link: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?embed&eid=531627

Read more:
Prof. Andrew Reiner teaches in the Honours College and English department at Towson University (U.S.), where he offers the seminar The Changing Face of Masculinity. His writing about masculinity and men’s issues has appeared often in the New York Times, as well as in the Washington Post Magazine and Italy’s la Repubblica. A piece he wrote for the New York Times, about the need to teach boys and men greater emotional honesty, gained traction with more than 1.4 million readers internationally. National Public Radio (NPR), the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), the Guardian, Men’s Health magazine, the Washington Post and Forbes have interviewed Reiner for his expertise about masculine identity. He is presently working on a book for Harper One publishers which explores why helping boys and men learn emotional authenticity will lead to greater wellbeing and resilience for them and will benefit everyone else, as well. He lives with his wife, family and two unruly dogs on a small unruly mountain in Maryland. Becoming a father, especially to his son, has been the most transformative experience of his life.

Ladies in Red, celebrating 150 years of PAC women

PAC held the Ladies in Red Luncheon on International Women’s Day Friday 8 March, in celebration of the important role women have played and continue to play, in the ongoing success of the College over the past 150 years.

The luncheon, saw a packed Dining Hall, expertly MC’d by well-known and SA grown comedian, Fiona O’Loughlin, who bought tears of laughter to the room with her stories of raising her own five children. It was a wonderful day for our ladies of PAC to come together, share some fine food and wine and for many, a reunion of friendships.

The afternoon included prizes for best dressed ladies in red, table prizes, an exhibition of artworks by well-known Adelaide Artist, Emma Hack and a thought-provoking Great Debate on the topic of, “It’s been 150 years, is PAC overdue for a female Head of School”.

Our Powerhouse debaters included some of SA’s renowned and highly successful women. Speaking for the Affirmative were, Dr Niki Vincent, SA Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, Mr Bradley Fenner, Headmaster PAC, Ms Cheryl Toh, (aka Tiger Mum Channel 7’s The Chase program).

Speaking for the Negative were: Ms Linda Williams, Deputy Commissioner, South Australian Police, Mr Edmund Black, PAC Student Debating Team member and Ms Rilka Warbanoff, Cook, Teacher, Entrepreneur, Author and Radio Personality.

The Adjudicator was the Hon. Vickie Chapman MP, SA Attorney General. The winning team was the Affirmative.

Our Princes Men Gallery Induction – Mr Peter Flavel

Old Collegian, Peter Flavel, was inducted into the Princes Men Gallery on Thursday 21 February 2019. Each Term, it is customary for Prince Alfred College to honour the exceptional achievements of one of our Old Scholars in their chosen fields. Peter Flavel, who completed his schooling at PAC in 1977, now lives in London and is the Chief Executive of the House of Coutts and at the very top of his profession.

Speaking at Our Princes Men Gallery Induction Ceremony, Prince Alfred College Headmaster, Mr Bradley Fenner, highlighted Peter’s achievements throughout his life including his time with PAC, his love of Hockey and his professional accomplishments as a leader, internationally, in his field.

Speech by: Headmaster Bradley Fenner

Good afternoon students, staff and special guests, past Headmaster Mr Geoffrey Bean, and in particular Mr Peter Flavel, family and friends. It gives me great pleasure to welcome our special guests here today for this induction.

For those who are new to the school this year, it is our practice to honour a new addition to the Princes Men Gallery each Term. You would have noticed, particularly on the walls of the Memorial Building, photographs of Old Scholars, together with an account of the distinction that they have achieved in their chosen fields. Today we recognise someone with an international standing and recognition within his chosen field.

Peter Flavel, finished his schooling at Prince Alfred College in 1977, having started here in the final year of the Preparatory School, which at that time was Year 7. Peter made excellent progress throughout his time at the College and won a number of academic and all-round excellence prizes. In his final year, he was a College Prefect.

Peter played cricket and hockey throughout his time at the school, with the latter sport being, according to Peter, his true love. He played in the 1stXI Hockey Team from Year 8 as a forward and during his time in the Team they were undefeated, never losing or even drawing a game in school competition.

Unfortunately, in Year 12 Peter sustained a serious knee injury which dashed his prospects of playing hockey at the highest levels, having been a State representative up to that time.  As a result of the injury, Peter started coaching, including the school 1stXI, while he was going through university.  Peter was joint coach of the first Intercol Hockey Team, which PAC won.  At the same time, he coached his club, Adelaide, to its first ever A Grade Men’s Premiership.

Peter completed a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide and then a Bachelor of Economics and Commerce, which he commenced at Adelaide and then completed at the University of Melbourne. Later studies have taken Peter to the Harvard Business School, to Oxford University and to the Singularity University in Silicon Valley where he undertook an Executive Program.

After working for a few years as a Commercial Litigation Solicitor and Barrister, Peter moved into the finance sector, initially as a Management Consultant and then in investment management, following which he entered the banking sector in the mid 1990s.

Moving to Singapore, he became in due course Global Head of Standard Chartered Bank and then Chief Executive at JP Morgan Private Wealth Management Asia. During this time, he won a series of international awards including a special award for Outstanding Strategy from Private Banker International, and Outstanding Private Banker Asia-Pacific.

This led to Peter becoming, in 2016, Chief Executive of the House of Coutts, the seventh oldest bank in the world, based in London. Coutts is the UK’s iconic private banking brand and market leader. Its client base has always included the most successful and influential families in the United Kingdom, including the Royal Family. But I will let Peter tell us more about that. Peter is the first non-British person to lead Coutts and is therefore an acknowledged leader internationally in his field. Peter is at the very top of his profession.

Having now met Peter on a few occasions, I am also well aware of his fine individual qualities. Having heard Peter speak at a London dinner for our Old Scholars, I know how proud he is of PAC and how well he encapsulates the very best qualities of the Princes Man that we all aspire to. Peter has made the most of his considerable talents and is determined, focused and entrepreneurial, but he is also engaging and personable and a man of principle.

Peter Flavel, it is with great pleasure and pride that I induct you into Our Princes Men Gallery.

Bradley Fenner
Headmaster, Prince Alfred College.

 

PAC 150 Year Staff Celebration and Reunion

It was wonderful to see many familiar faces, at the Prince Alfred College Sesquicentenary Staff Celebration and Reunion, on Sunday 17 February 2019.

Past and present staff and their families came together as we hosted a special day in recognition of our staff and the vital role each person has played in shaping the future of our young men.

Attending were four of PAC’s Headmasters, including past Headmaster’s Mr Geoff Bean, Mr Brian Webber and Mr Stephen Codrington, together with our current Headmaster, Mr Bradley Fenner.

Following a welcome speech by Mr Fenner, a toast was made by past staff representative, Mr Ken Watson, with a response on behalf of the school, made by Mr Scott Parker.

Tours of the school were hosted by Mr David Cornish and Mr Peter Bubner, while music was played by The Flaming Sambucas. Guests reunited with old colleagues and met many new faces, on the Back Oval lawn and in the adjacent Dining Hall, as they enjoyed a light lunch and refreshments. Children were kept entertained with giant bubble balls, a jumpy castle, giant chess game, Bumbles the Clown and his magic show, fairy floss, ice-cream and snow cones.

Concluding the afternoon, all guests gathered on the Back Oval to form the letters PAC, which was video recorded via aerial view, to create an historical overhead recording of our past and present staff, celebrating 150 years of educating boys, which will be featured at our 150 Year Gala Dinner, to be held on 20 July 2019.

For more information on upcoming PAC 150thcelebration events, head to our Sesquicentenary website: https://150.pac.edu.au

Photo Credits: Ross Scrymgeour and JKPT http://jkcrew.com.au

2018 SACE Results

Following the release of the 2018 South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) results, it gives me great pleasure to share Prince Alfred College’s results with you. 

The overall highlight is an improvement in both our average (mean) and median ATAR for SACE students. The mean for SACE rose from 81.30 (2017) to 81.90, and the median from 84.85 to 85.85. In addition to this, 16 SACE students received their IBDP results, which means our provisional overall median ATAR, for SACE and IB Diploma students combined, is 88.80 (87.55 in 2017) and the mean is 84.06 (83.59). 

This is likely to have a positive effect on the overall results for SACE students, as we have seen in previous years. 

Please also note the following, with the previous year’s results provided in brackets. 

  • 36 (26) Merits were gained by 26 (17) students across a range of subjects: Biology 2, Chemistry 3, Communication Products 2, English 2, English Literary Studies 1, Ensemble Performance 1, General Mathematics 2, Material Products 3, Mathematical Methods 5, Modern History 1, Physics 3, Psychology 1, Research Project B 7, Solo Performance 1, Visual Arts (Art) 1 and Visual Arts (Design) 1 
  • 43.81% (40.7%) of all grades were As and 85.99% (87.5%) of all grades were As and Bs. 
  • 8.4% (3.85%) of our SACE students were placed in the top 1 per cent of the State with an ATAR of 99 or more. 
  • 24.37% (17.31%) of our students were placed in the top 5 per cent with an ATAR of 95.00 or more. 
  • 63.03% (58.65%) of our students achieved an ATAR in the top 20% of the State. 

Students who achieved an ATAR over 99 were:

  • Shine Wang 99.95 (4 merits plus 2 from previous years)
  • Noah Miles 99.75 (2 merits)
  • Lachlan Crawford 99.55 (1 merit)
  • Max Kirkby 99.55 (2 merits)
  • Tate Crowley 99.50 (1 merit)
  • Hamish Greenslade 99.40
  • Sparsh Tiwari 99.40 (1 merit)
  • William Cowling 99.30 (2 merits)
  • Martins Lidums 99.25 (1 merit)
  • Samuel May 99.10 (2 merits and 1 from 2017)

We congratulate our 2018 SACE graduates on their performance. I take this opportunity to acknowledge the dedication and efforts of all the teachers who have guided these students throughout their education at Prince Alfred College. 

Year 12 Academic Prizes, including the Dux of the College, will be awarded at the College Emeritus Assembly to be held in ANZAC Hall on Wednesday, 6 February 2019. 

Yours sincerely
Bradley Fenner 
Headmaster 

2018 IBDP Results

 The 2018 International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) results were released on 3 January 2019 and, as with our SACE results in December, it gives me great pleasure to share these with you. 

The top IBDP student was Dejun (Jack) Cai, who achieved a score of 44 out of a possible 45, which converts to an ATAR of 99.85. Jack achieved the maximum score of 7 in all six academic subjects. 

Additional highlights for our IBDP students, with the 2017 results provided in brackets for comparison, include the following: 

  • The mean IBDP score is 35 (36) out of 45
  • 36% (52%) of IBDP students were placed in the top 5% of the state, with an ATAR of over 95
  • 68% (72%) of our IBDP students were placed in the top 10% of the State
  • 27 (36) Merits were achieved by 18 (17) students in 14 (20) different subject areas
  • The provisional median ATAR for PAC IBDP graduates was 93.30 (95.85)
  • The provisional mean ATAR for PAC IBDP graduates was 91.84 (93.18)

In February we will provide a comprehensive report of our overall academic performance, for both SACE and IBDP students, together with details of our students’ destinations. At this point we can confirm that our provisional overall median ATAR, for SACE and IB Diploma students combined, is 88.80 (87.55 in 2017) and the mean is 84.06 (83.59). These excellent results, which place us amongst the top boy cohorts in the state, mean that we have now had four successive years of significant improvement in Year 12 academic outcomes. 

Our Dux for 2018 is Shine Wang (SACE) with an ATAR of 99.95, followed by Jack Cai (IBDP) with 99.85. Shine and Jack, together with other Year 12 academic prize-winners for 2018, including the new members of the Over 95 Club, will be recognised at the College Emeritus Assembly, to be held in the RED Centre on Wednesday 6 February 2019, commencing at 8.45 am. 

We congratulate our 2018 Year 12 students on their excellent achievements. I would also like to acknowledge at this time the work and dedication of all our teachers in leading and guiding our students throughout their education at Prince Alfred College, and in achieving these results, in which we take great pride. 

Yours sincerely
Bradley Fenner 
Headmaster 

Year 12 Special Awards Assembly.

Thursday 13 September 2018, the College recognised recipients of Year 12 Special Awards. Previously the Student Life Awards, these awards recognised the outstanding contribution that several Year 12 students have made to the school community. The assembly not only acknowledged their achievements but recognised the contribution that they have made to the life of the College.

In particular the awards acknowledged a group of young men who have shown exemplary commitment, character, citizenship, service and leadership – actions which are the embodiment of the Princes Man. Each has a special quality, a particular strength of character, which has shaped them to be who they are. They have used those qualities to help make the school a better place and they have chosen to conduct themselves within the school with principle and in a way that we all admire. They are also true to themselves and have shown commitment to a cause bigger than themselves.

They are all outstanding Princes Men. Congratulations to all award recipients.

John Kinniburgh
Head of Secondary School & Deputy Headmaster

PRIZE WINNERS:

The Swann Memorial Prize for Best All-Round Performance:
Hamish Greenslade

The Caltex All-Rounder Prize:
Sam May

The Perry Prize for All-Round development in the final year at school:
Daniel Mosey

The PAC Prize for Global Citizenship:
Jack Cai

The Prefects Prize for Effort and Application:
Angus Naughton

Bill Bundey Prize for Captain of the College:
Max Kirkby 

Public Schools Club Ian Hayward Prize for Character and Service as College Vice-Captains:
Noah Miles
Connor Kioussis

Long Tan Prize for Leadership:
Jack Heard

Frank Hunter Prize for Leadership in Year 12:
Max Kirkby

The PAC Prize for Leadership and Service within the Boarding Community:
Jayden Wong

Robert Henry Prest Prize for Captain of Boarding:
Ed Downing

Pam Freeman Prize for Music Leadership:
Angas Marshall

The Wilson Prize for Character and Service to the School:
Connor Kioussis

The Steele Prize for Character and Service to the School:
Paddy Johnson

The Bath Memorial Prize for Service to the School:
Axel Heinrich

The PAC Prize for Virtue and Character:
Harrison Cerchez

The Princes Players production; ‘Our Town’, by Thornton Wilder.

Prince Alfred College’s resident theatre group, The Princes Players, featuring Old Scholars and students from St. Peter’s Girls’ School and Seymour College, staged the seminal play, ‘Our Town’ by Thornton Wilder, which was performed in the PAC, Prince Philip Theatre in Week seven. There was a full, and very appreciative, house at each performance. Congratulations to the cast, production team led by Paula Little and crew of the Princes Players production, ‘Our Town’.

PAC Lauches the Sesquicentenary Logo and Website.

A wide cross section of the PAC community attended the official launch of the Sesquicentenary logo together with a ‘sneak-peek’ of forthcoming Sesquicentenary celebrations as the College moves toward its 150thanniversary in 2019.

 

The launch, held on 19 July – the actual date of the first day of school at the College in 1869 – was attended by two previous headmasters, Mr Geoffrey Bean and Mr Brian Webber along with current headmaster, Mr Bradley Fenner, Council Chair, Mr John Keeves, and Sesquicentenary Chair, Mr Colin Dunsford AM, along with parents, staff, committee members, plus former and current students of the College.

 

To set the historic context of the event, Honorary South Australian Town Crier, Mr Tom Benney, drew the crowd to order. He was followed by PAC student, Angus Brill Reed, playing the role of the ‘ethereal spirit of the Princes Man from 1860’s’ reminiscing about early days at the College.

Video – Angus, as the ethereal spirit of a Princes boy, 1860’s

In launching the logo, Headmaster, Mr Bradley Fenner, emphasised the historic link to the red and white ‘stripes or hoops’, across the 150 years of the College and the relevance of incorporating these into the logo – without interfering with the well-recognised PAC Crest, as it currently stands.

 

One of the major sesquicentenary projects announced on the night was the commissioning of PAC Old Scholar, Mr Rob Linn, to compile a commemorative coffee table style book. The book will be available in two editions; a $500 premium collector’s item which will be boxed, leather bound, personalised, numbered and also comes with a unique sesquicentenary book mark, or a classic edition quarter bound edition priced at $100, making it a coveted memento of the Sesquicentenary year. The books are available by order on the Sesquicentenary website 150.pac.edu.au

 

Sesquicentenary Chair, Mr Colin Dunsford, shared the full list of official events and activities planned for the lead up to and during, 2019. A copy of the Sesquicentenary Calendar of Events and Activities can be found on the Sesquicentenary website;  150.pac.edu.au/events/

 

During the evening, guests also enjoyed a musical performance by gifted PAC musician, James Monro who played the cello accompanied by Ms Tanya Monro.

World’s Greatest Shave a Great Success

On Thursday afternoon, 14 June 2018, the PAC Prefects, College Captain, Vice Captains, a number of Year 12 boys and our one and only Headmaster, Mr Bradley Fenner, faced the blades and underwent the World’s Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation, to support the fight against blood cancer.

PAC Year 12 student, Hamish Greenslade, spoke of his own experience with youth cancer and the worthiness of this valuable cause. The Prefects, together with the Headmaster have raised $28,500 towards Leukaemia research and presented representatives from the Leukaemia Foundation with a cheque at today’s special assembly.

We wish to thank the hundreds of generous sponsors who made donations over the past few months toward this initiative – without your support this event would not be possible. More than 12,500 people are expected to be diagnosed with a blood cancer, or related disorder, every year and one person loses their battle every two hours. Every donation makes a difference to the lives of all the people affected. Well done to The 2018 PAC Prefect Team, the Headmaster, Mr Fenner and the World’s Greatest Shave for your selfless generosity!

Seeking rare historic photo’s of our past!

We are calling on our Prince Alfred College (and wider) community, to share images, never before seen from our past, which we can utilise for promotions and activities in the lead up to and during the Prince Alfred College 150thAnniversary in 2019.

Over the past 150 years, there have been many exciting and colourful activities, events and historical milestones around the College and we are hoping that our many Old Scholars, families, friends and vast array of sporting and community networks will have unique photos, which can be shared with us for our trip down memory lane.

As further inspiration for people to dig into those dusty storage boxes, musty sheds, old photo albums or rarely visited cupboards and drawers, a prize is on offer for the most impressive/interesting photographic contribution. This will be awarded for the single photo that most excites our PAC 150thAnniversary Book committee. Maybe it’s a rare candid shot of a former Headmaster, an inspiring image of our beautiful buildings, a memorable sporting moment or a photo that best demonstrates the true ‘Princes Man’.

The winner will receive their own copy of the high quality, hard cover PAC 150thAnniversary Book, which will be released in mid-2019 and will feature the selected photo. (The judging panel’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into, of course).

For ease of storing and cataloguing we ask that images be scanned and submitted electronically along with details pertaining to the image and contact details for the person submitting the photo via the following link: https://forms.pac.edu.au/150years  before 1 July 2018.

If the image is selected for use for Sesquicentenary promotional material, we may contact you to get the original image in order to reproduce it at an appropriate resolution level.

We look forward to seeing what treasures you can unearth!

For further information contact:
Jenny Daly, Sesquicentenary Project Manager.
E  jdaly@pac.edu.au   T  08 8334 1858

Royal Visit to Prince Alfred College

It was a delight and honour to host His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, at Prince Alfred College on Wednesday 18 April 2018. Please enjoy the selection of images, showing His Royal Highness meeting and greeting a very receptive crowd, inspecting Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program displays and unveiling a stone to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the College.

New State of the Art Boarding Facility for Prince Alfred College

Concept video for the new Boarding House.
Please click the image below.

Planning our future and long term prosperity.
Following an extensive planning, approval and tender evaluation process, construction work on a new Boarding facility on The Parade West, including an associated footbridge, began in the latter part of 2017.

Boarding has been a key part of College life at Princes since we began in 1869 and continues to make a variety of contributions to its life and culture.  We currently have the largest boys’ boarding program in South Australia. This new state of the art facility reflects the College’s commitment to our boarding program, which is a vital part of our history, our identity and our future.

The total cost of this facility will be in excess of $20 million, with the project being funded through a combination of accumulated reserves, borrowing and fundraising.  It is anticipated the duration of the construction process will be approximately one year and we aim to have the new facility ready for use in the first half of 2019.

Upon completion of the new facility, the current boarding facilities will be demolished to provide, in the medium term, additional open space and extra car parking and in the longer term, the potential for future building projects or other facilities.  Traffic and pedestrian flows within the College will be altered to allow improved ease of movement, particularly at either end of the school day.

Building on 150 years of boarding tradition at Prince Alfred College presented by Bradley Fenner, PAC Headmaster.

“The construction of a new, state-of-the-art boarding facility builds on almost 150 years of boarding tradition at Prince Alfred College. Since the day the PAC Main Building was opened in 1869, with boarders living on the top floor, PAC has been acknowledged as a leading boys’ boarding school. The College’s investment in building this new facility, which also expands our campus footprint across The Parade West, indicates our commitment to providing the best possible facilities for our students. We look forward to opening another highly successful chapter in the story of boarding at Prince Alfred College as we complete this new facility.”

Bradley Fenner
Headmaster, Prince Alfred College

Project 150 The Boarding House Brochure

Boarding Redevelopment – Prince Alfred College Foundation Building Fund.

The Prince Alfred College Foundation invites support to the Giving Program whereby you may pledge to donate to the PAC Foundation Building Fund by clicking on the Boarding Redevelopment Pledge Form and returning the completed form to David Cornish Executive officer, Prince Alfred College Foundation or, donate directly through the College Website by selecting the Foundation Building Fund section on the following link: https://pac.edu.au/community/foundation/giving-to-the-foundation-donate-here/

For further information on the Foundation Building Fund please contact:

David Cornish
Executive Officer, Prince Alfred College Foundation.
t: 08 8334 1255
e: dcornish@pac.edu.au

Year 12 International Baccalaureate Diploma Results 2017!

A Message From Headmaster Bradley Fenner.

The 2017 International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) results were released on the 4th of January and, as with our SACE results in December, it gives me great pleasure to share these with you.

Overall, our International Baccalaureate results compare favorably with previous years and we have seen improvement in some areas as outlined below. Highlights for our IBDP students, with the 2016 results provided in brackets for comparison, include the following:

  • The mean individual IBDP score was 36 (35) out of 45.
  • 35 (21) Merits were achieved by 16 (15) students in 17 (10) different subject areas.
  • Two students, Douglas Gerard and Anthony Rositano, achieved a score of 44 out of a possible 45 IB Diploma points, which converts to an ATAR of 99.85.

Once term is under way, we will provide a more comprehensive report of our overall academic performance, for both SACE and IB students, together with details of our students’ destinations.

Our provisional median ATAR for SACE and IB Diploma students combined, which is generally seen as a key indicator of overall performance, is 87.55, compared with 86.55 the previous year. With an increase in median ATAR in each of the last three years, we have seen steady improvement in our overall results, which is a credit to the students and staff involved.

The Dux and Proxime Accessit, together with other Year 12 academic prizes for 2017, including the new members of the Over 95 Club, will be awarded at the College Emeritus Assembly, to be held in the ANZAC Hall on Wednesday 7 February, commencing at 8.45am.

We congratulate all of our 2017 International Baccalaureate Diploma Program graduates on their outstanding achievements. I would also like to acknowledge at this time the work and dedication of all our teachers in leading and guiding our students throughout their education at Prince Alfred College.

Bradley Fenner
Headmaster

SACE Results 2017!

A Message From Headmaster Bradley Fenner.

The 2017 South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) results were released on Tuesday, and it gives me great pleasure to share these results with you.

The overall highlight was the improvement in our average (mean) ATAR for SACE students from 81.58 in 2016 to 84.36 this year, an improvement of 2.78.

In addition, please note the following, with the previous year’s results provided in brackets.

  • 26 (28 in 2016) Merits were gained by 17 (14) students across a range of subjects:
    Biology, Chemistry, Communication Products (2), Economics, English (7), General Mathematics (4), Material Products, Modern History, Music Ensemble Performance, Music Performance Special Study, Physical Education, Research Project B (2) and Workplace Practices (3).
  • 40.7% (41.4%) of all grades were As and 87.5% (84.4%) of all grades were As and Bs.
  • Our median ATAR was 84.00 (83.85).
  • 3.85% (7.1%) of our SACE students were placed in the top 1 per cent of the State
    with an ATAR of 99.00 or more.
  • 17.31% (20.4%) of the students were placed in the top 5 per cent with an ATAR of
    95.00 or more.
  • 58.65% (62.2%) of our students achieved an ATAR in the top 20% of the State.
  • 16 SACE students are currently awaiting an IBDP result (8 at this stage in 2016).

This is likely to have a positive effect on the overall results for SACE students, as we have seen in previous years.

Students who achieved an ATAR of over 99 were: Hamish McKenzie (99.8 with four Merits), Hamish Porter (99.7 with one Merit), Falu Komolafe (99.65 with two Merits) and Uday Sen (99.3 with three Merits). We congratulate these students and all who have achieved their academic goals.

Further information, including results of those students studying combined SACE and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) subjects, will be shared with you after 4 January, when the IBDP results are published. We will then provide an overall picture of our 2017 Year 12 results, as well as comparative data with previous years.

We congratulate our 2017 SACE graduates on their performance. I take this opportunity to acknowledge the dedication and efforts of all staff who have guided these students throughout their education at Prince Alfred College.

Year 12 Academic Prizes, including the Dux of the School, will be awarded at the College Emeritus Assembly to be held in ANZAC Hall on Wednesday 7 February 2018 at 8.45am.

I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas, and every best wish for 2018.

Bradley Fenner
Headmaster

Greg Chappell returns home to PAC!

Greg Chappell Launches the Greg Chappell Cricket Academy at Prince Alfred College!

On Tuesday 25 October 2016, PAC held the launch of the Greg Chappell Cricket Academy.

We were honoured to have Old Collegian, and former Australian Cricket Captain, Mr Greg Chappell officially launch the establishment of the Greg Chappell Cricket Academy, a program which will commence at PAC in 2017.

Greg Chappell MBE is, one of our best known Old Scholars, having attended PAC in the 1960s, together with his brothers Ian and Trevor, all of whom subsequently represented Australia in Cricket.

Over the years, Prince Alfred College has had nine students go on to play Cricket for Australia, with the Chappell brothers comprising one third of that contingent.

From those nine PAC Australian Cricketers, four were also captains of the Australian Cricket Team including:

Greg Chappell, MBE (1948–), Australian captain 1975–1977, 1979–1983

Ian Chappell (1943–), Australian captain 1971–1975

Joe Darling, CBE (1870–1946), Australian captain 1899–1902, 1902–1903, 1905

Clem Hill (1877–1945), Australian captain 1910–1912

Greg will now lead the Greg Chappell Cricket Academy at PAC, which will focus on the coaching and development of our players and coaches. Greg will develop, oversee and direct all the programs conducted through the Academy. In the first instance, the focus will be solely on our own cricket program, with the opportunity to introduce wider programs in the future.

It was a privilege to host Greg Chappells’ visit to the College, and to also share a great moment with his brothers Ian and Trevor. They joined a number of our young rising cricket stars, two days later at The PAC Old Collegians Vintage Reds 17th Annual luncheon. It was a great occasion and cherished by all concerned.

We are delighted to share the Greg Chappell Cricket Academy Program with you, and invite you to view the photographs taken at the launch.

Old Reds – Historical signs come home!

Prince Alfred College Adelaide Oval signs come home!

Princes Cricket was played at Adelaide Oval from 1878-1954. Intercol football matches between Prince Alfred College and St Peters College were played at Adelaide Oval from 1878 and 1972 and these signs were proudly displayed around the boundary line. Since that time, Intercol matches are played on the PAC or Saints grounds.

Headmaster Bradley Fenner spoke fondly of the signage and our long standing Intercol connection at the End of Term Two Assembly on Friday 1 July.