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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  [email protected]   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: [email protected]

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.