At St Patrick's College the focus is on how each student can achieve the best possible individual outcome for their post-Year 12 future, whether that is university study or a VET qualification for moving into the workforce or an apprenticeship.
These diverse academic journeys begin with the fundamentals and, according to Deputy Principal Learning and Achievement Alanna Stretton, the college's NAPLAN results in years 7 and 9 are outstanding, with students achieving above the national average in all areas of literacy and numeracy.
The solid foundation laid in years 7 to 9 is augmented with an extensive range of electives allowing students to recognise their true talents and passions early in their school career.
"From Year 9 our Future Pathways team then helps students identify their strengths and the subjects they need to take in years 11 and 12," Ms Stretton said.
"In years 10, 11 and 12 students continue to select from a wide range of subjects to provide educational pathways including TASC subjects, Vocational Education and Training Certificates and school-based apprenticeships."
From design and engineering and digital technologies to drama, woodwork and metalwork, subjects are often tailored to the interests of the student body.
One of the unique features of the college is the Cooperative Program (COOP) between St Patrick's College, Scotch Oakburn College, Launceston Christian School and Launceston Church Grammar School.
If one school doesn't offer a specific subject, students can attend another campus which does.
This year the college is hosting 35 students as part of COOP, with 28 studying a VET qualification.
The results of this individualised approach speak for themselves. The school had five TCE students in Tasmania's top 100 and among Australia's highest achievers for 2018, two VET students recognised by the Governor for their outstanding achievements and 90 per cent of students attained their TCE, a number Ms Stretton says they are keen to improve.
Of equal importance is the pastoral care of students and an understanding that personal well being is as crucial as academic pursuits.
For this reason the 1400-strong college is divided into three schools; Middle School (year 7 and 8), Croagh Patrick (year 9) and Senior School (years 10, 11 and 12) each with its own Head of School, a Director of Curriculum and Director of Pastoral Care and a dedicated team and teachers that specialise in working with each age group and its distinctive needs.
Students also remain in the same tutor or home room group with the same teacher from years 7 to 12.
This approach builds strong connections within the school community.
"The tapestry of our college curriculum binds us together in the pursuit of academic excellence and achievement for all students at the college," Ms Stretton said.