The 2019 school year is nearly over and we are preparing for our Presentation Night on 27 November at Capri Theatre Goodwood, where we will acknowledge the achievements of our students and congratulate our ASMS graduates. This year we have had many successes and reasons to celebrate, and our Presentation Night is certainly a wonderful opportunity for this to occur. Over the year we’ve had a strong focus on supporting our students to have incredible learning opportunities both within and outside the building and it has been joyful to hear about their many successes and interactions. I encourage you to talk with your child and reflect on how they have grown as a learner during the year.

Over the past few weeks, 14 year 12 students have provided evidence of their university readiness for their direct entry to their course of choice at Flinders University. Along with the 11 students who achieved direct entry through the Flinders University Assessment Centre, they represent a sizeable contingent of our ASMS students who have achieved their preferred post school option through a non-ATAR method. The presentations that students individually made were attended by ASMS staff including the student’s Learning Studies teacher and, where possible, a representative from Flinders University who was very impressed by the standard at which our students were able to demonstrate their readiness, including their development of General Capabilities. A particularly touching moment for all was the presentation with the opening line of ‘I came to the ASMS as a mischievous boy and I leave it as an optimistic young man’. There were shivers all round!

We are thrilled that our external partnerships continue to grow and our recent visits from the Australian Machine Learning Institute and DSTO which saw field-based experts sharing their experience with our students has been outstanding, as have many of our other partnerships. A particularly touching and poignant example was the presentation of our Remembrance Day Ceremony by two 2013 ASMS Alumni, Flying Officer Inderbir Singh and Flying Officer Dev Dhawan. Our students took the opportunity to speak with them after the ceremony about their career pathways and all found the presentation to be particularly moving, especially with it being delivered by our Alumni.

I look forward to celebrating our student’s many achievements of the 2019 school year with you on 27 November and to working with the ASMS community for more extraordinary learning experiences in 2020.