A very warm welcome to all our returning families and to all those new to the MSJ community.

2019 Learning and Teaching Focus

This year, teaching staff at the College are continuing to focus on enhancing pedagogy that makes learning visible. One strategy we will continue is the use of Learning Intentions and Success Criteria. Learning Intentions describe what learners should know, understand or be able to do by the end of a unit of work, a series of lessons or a lesson. Success Criteria are the measures used to determine whether and how well a learner has met the learning intentions. They are explicit so that students know where they are at in their learning and can articulate this. This increases self-efficacy and active learning. When asking about the day or a particular subject, reframe your question, ‘What were some of the learning intentions of your lessons today?’

The Student Led Conference is the opportunity to enhance the partnership between the College, students, parents and carers. It provides the avenue for families to have discussions about the year ahead and reflect on the learnings of 2018. Ask the question, ‘How can you improve, grow and flourish?’ This will provide insights into our student’s self-perceptions, possible fixed mindsets or beliefs about themselves as learners. It will also allow you, as the supporter of their development and growth, an opportunity to advise, guide and assist.

Congratulations to our 2018 Graduates

At the Academic Assembly on 5 February the College celebrated the excellent achievements of the 2018 VCE and VCAL graduates. We welcomed back our 2018 College Dux and other outstanding award winners who shared their MSJ school journey of courage, determination, engagement and commitment to pursuing excellence.

Students who achieved the Subject Dux awards and the Top 20 ATAR scores along with those who achieved 40 or more in individual study scores were recognised. A full list of the winners are listed in this attachment.

2018 VCAL VCE AWARDS print.pdf

The College Assembly was a wonderful celebration of students’ success with family and friends in attendance. This was followed by lunch with all staff who have played an integral role in the lives of these young women.

The College Dux for 2018, Isabella Cassetta, achieved an ATAR score of 96.6. Isabella's reflection to the College community focused on her achievements and efforts and the commitment of all teachers across her time at the College.

Here is a snapshot of the results:

Top achieving student
The 2018 College Dux achieved an ATAR of 96.6, Isabella Cassetta.

ATAR Scores

15% of students scored an ATAR over 90
32% of students scored an ATAR over 80

Median Study Score - 31

Other Results
Annie Tabone received a perfect score of 50 in Visual Communication and Design.

11.46 % of students achieved a study score over 40 in one or more of their subjects.

In 2018 there were 83 Study Scores above 40 and 18 subjects with study scores over 40.

VCAL completion

Fifteen students successfully completed their VCAL Certificates.

Joanna De Bono