Happy New Year to all of our families and welcome to Kennedy Baptist College for 2017. In particular, welcome to all of our new families who are joining us for the first time this year. We trust that everyone has had a safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday and are now ready to commence the new academic year with excitement.
Throughout the holiday time work has continued at the College to complete some major projects. This has included:
- The completion of our new Sports Centre
- The refurbishment of our Block 5 student toilets
The replacement of some Block 5 air coolers with reverse cycle air
conditioning. This is the start of an ongoing project across the campus
Work has also continued over the past weeks in preparing and planning great opportunities for all students and we look forward to sharing these throughout the year. Our goal at Kennedy is to equip students to seize these opportunities and strive for greatness in all that they do. After reviewing all events that took place throughout a very busy 2016 we are extremely confident of continuing to provide opportunities for excellence this year and look forward to students embracing all that is on offer in another exciting year.
Year 12 Results
Our Year 12 students produced some very pleasing WACE results at the end of last year. It was wonderful to see so many students achieve their goals set early in 2016. Congratulations to Isabella Dowling who achieved the exceptional ATAR score of 99.6, closely followed by her sister, Lauren Dowling who achieved an ATAR of 99.2. Kennedy Baptist College had 20 students achieve an ATAR score greater than 95.0, an excellent effort.
Three students received Certificates of Excellence, being in the top 0.5% of the state for the subject. Another excellent effort.
- Abbey Scanlon - Business Management and Enterprise
- Pirmin Cowell - Engineering Studies
- Brooke Moro - Applications Mathematics
Kennedy was named in the following Courses of Study as a school with the highest performing students in Year 12 based on the percentage of students at each school who had Year 12 ATAR course combined scores in the top 15% of course candidates.
- Business Management and Enterprise
In addition 11 students recieved Certificates of Distinction and 23 students recieved Certificates of Excellence.
Students offered University positions.
- 1st Preference: 73% of students who completed an ATAR course.
- Any Preference: 90% of all Kennedy applicants.
Certainly the class of 2016 produced some pleasing results due to their hard work and the support provided by College staff to ensue students achieve their goals. However, these results also reinforce the fact that we need our students and parents to be realistic when selecting student academic pathways. Our 2016 results support the College Administration view that some students are still attempting an ATAR pathway when they may have achieved better results in a more suitable alternative course completing the General course pathway. Please click here for more details.
There will be a major change to our Easter Service for this year. In past years Kennedy has had two Easter Services on a Sunday Afternoon during Term 1 known as College Sunday. This Year we have two Easter Services on week evenings where students and hopefully families will attend.
Tuesday 28 March: Eyre and Forrest families.
Wednesday 29 March: King and Stirling families
Both services will commence at 7.00pm and I would like to emphasise that this is a compulsory event for all students.
This year our Keynote speaker is Mr Henry Olonga.
Henry is a former international cricketer turned photographer, singer, videographer, painter and public speaker. Through his desire for change and his Christian faith, he was convicted to put everything on the line and in 2003 he a wore black armband during an international cricket match in the 2003 Cricket World Cup to "mourn the death of democracy" in Zimbabwe. This bold political move lead to eventual exile from Zimbabwe, and now he lives in Adelaide with hisfamily.
Mr Mark Ashby