Livestreamed over three days, 15 students from Northern Adelaide Senior College received their merit awards in Essential English, Biology, Research Project, Essential Mathematics, Psychology and Chemistry at 2020 SACE Merit Ceremony held at Government House.
Fifteen NASC students received a total of 22 merits beside 1000 students from across the state.
Hosted by His Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le AC., merits are awarded to students who obtain a perfect score in a Stage 2 subject.
“Without any question, the pandemic made a big impact to your studies and presented you with many many challenges,” says Hon. Hieu Van Le AC. at the event.
“And yet, across the board the whole school community (students, teachers, staff, principals and parents), demonstrated great innovation, nimbleness and flexibility to ensure continuation of delivery of the best possible education outcome to all students.”
Hon. Hieu Van Le AC. says that a total of 15,190 students completed their SACE in 2020, and of these over 1000 students achieved nearly 1300 subject merits.
“I’m delighted to acknowledge the new record was set in that 402 aboriginal students and 323 students with an intellectual disability completed their SACE in 2020,” says Hon. Hieu Van Le AC.
Premier Steven Marshall MP acknowledged the outstanding contributions that many students made from the class of 2020.
“It was an extraordinary year for South Australia,” says Premier Steven Marshall MP.
“Many places had to come to terms with living through a pandemic. Of course, our schools in particular had to come to terms in how to teach through a global pandemic.
“I’ve got to take my hat off to our principals and teachers in particular for moving extraordinarily quickly to adapt and always put the education of our students uppermost in their mind.”
Hon. Hieu Van Le AC. says that the completion of SACE is both an achievement in itself and stepping stone to the next stage of life and learning.
“You are the leaders of our community, our nation, and indeed our world. Each of you will be in a position to bring changes for the better, to our society and shape our nations destiny,” says Hon. Hieu Van Le AC.
“As you go about your lives and take each big step, never forget to always value life and humanity. Live your lives with a purpose, and passion, and treat others in the spirit of respect, fairness and empathy.”
“Learning is something that we continue to do because no one person holds all the knowledge in this world that we share,” says Michael Kumatpi Murrutya O’Brien, who opened the merit ceremony.
“When we understand those things, we can search the world, we can obviously share with the world, and we can also receive from the world.”
If you’d like a chance to earn a merit or five in a supportive, flexible environment, Northern Adelaide Senior College is still accepting 2021 enrolments. Please call (08) 7285 1600 to set up an appointment.