Congratulations to our Principal, David Shepherd, and his extraordinary team on being recognised at the recent Australian Education Awards as the 2019 Secondary School of the Year (non-government).
Ballarat Clarendon College is an outstanding school and we, as a community, should be particularly proud of this peer recognition.
As a school, we are indebted to the commitment and determination of David, his senior executive team and all members of staff in delivering on the school’s focus – to ensure that when students stand on the threshold of their future, they can choose their heart’s desire and are well prepared to engage with and make a significant contribution to their communities, indeed their world.
David’s leadership, his vision – our shared vision – for Ballarat Clarendon College is evident in every facet of our school. Our strong, collaborative relationship with parents and extended families, our deep connections with our past students, our productive working relationships across our finance, human resources, administrative and support teams as well as with our strategic partners – from architects to maintenance services to landscapers – are aligned and coherent. All share and celebrate this award.
Our performances over the past year in a range of domains contributed to Clarendon winning this award over other notable schools, such as Haileybury, Korowa Anglican Girls’ School, Melbourne, Trinity Grammar, Sydney and Ormiston College, Brisbane. In January this year, the Australian Financial Review reviewed the best schools in the country based on ATAR results and the progress of individual students as measured in the NAPLAN assessments. Ballarat Clarendon College was named as one of only eight schools in Australia – out of 9,500 schools – where ACARA reports there has been substantial above-average gain in student reading and numeracy for the past four years. ‘The schools on this list might reasonably be described as the best in Australia.’ (AFR, 28 December 2018-1 January 2019). Furthermore, last year’s VCE results were outstanding. Ballarat Clarendon College was, for the 10th year in succession, the Number 1 Regional School and was ranked fourth in the top non-government schools in the state based on median study scores. Academic success is facilitated by Clarendon’s commitment to a knowledge-rich curriculum and this commitment was recognised by the award judges.
However, it is impossible to achieve exceptional academic outcomes without a detailed plan for the development of every aspect of our students’ school lives. Such a plan extends well beyond the classroom to the co-curricular program which offers students the opportunity to participate in over 70 options, including competitive sport, performing arts and other physical activity – from netball, football and soccer, to debating, chess, robotics and programming or group spin, photography, aerobics, and grammar, glee and art clubs. The richness of our co-curricular program as well as our commitment to community service were also factors in being recognised as the 2019 Secondary School of the Year. Our community service programs have our students working with primary school students at the Ballarat Library Homework Club, donating blood at our local Red Cross Donor Centre and enjoying cups of tea with the elderly residents at Nazareth House. Their commitment to the local community also has them raising much needed funds for local charities.
That Ballarat Clarendon College is the 2019 Secondary School of the Year is significant recognition of the dedicated work all staff, students, parents and supporters contribute to our community.
We celebrate this award with our entire community and also recognise and congratulate David for being a finalist in the Principal of the Year category.
Board of Directors