With more than 75% of the cohort attaining an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) above 70, the cohort of 2018 has been beautifully positioned for the next step in their lives.

All students looking for a tertiary education place have been assisted beautifully by our Careers Practitioner, Ms Jacky Burton and all have been placed, another year of 100% placement.

With all but one or two of our students focussed on tertiary education, their ATAR is a better measure of their success than the raw scores indicated in Study Scores.

Having come from interstate for my current role, it is interesting to note the focus Victoria places on Study Scores. My experience suggests the ATAR is a more widely used indicator across the country.

Our society places too much emphasis on these numbers, be they an ATAR or a Study Score.

The cumulative learning of an 18-year-old across 13 years of formal schooling should not be reduced to a four-digit number. This four-digit number is not even a good indicator of future success, either in tertiary study or later in life.

Student capacities in the 6C’s of Critical Thinking, Communication skills, Creativity, Collaboration, Contribution and Character are a much better indicator of adult success.

Whilst we use our influence to change the system for the better, in the meantime we work with the system we have and strive to best position our students for their next steps in life.

The percentage of students with an ATAR of 70 and above was the highest it has been at this school in the past 10 years.

In addition, in 2018, 24.2% of our students are in the top 10% of the state with an ATAR of over 90 and 48.5% received an ATAR over 80, placing them in the top 20% of the state. Our median ATAR has risen to 79.18.

These figures continue to show marked improvement and steady growth, reflecting the School’s focus on achievement, growth, improvement, focus and effort. It is these attributes that best position our students for future success in whatever field they choose.

I extend thanks to our hard working staff right across the School, particularly class teachers, the Heads of Schools, Heads of House, Heads of Departments and tutors.

The quality of teaching and personal care that The Knox School provides has been a huge factor in these results and it should never be underestimated by our broader community.

Our students have been well positioned for the next chapter of their lives. I am proud of all of them.