HSC results: Northern Rivers students hard work pays off
THE RESULTS are in and out-going students can now take a deep breath and relax, if they can remember how.
A record 55,961 students are now eligible for an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) and for university entry.
The highest ever number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to achieve their HSC was also recorded at 1619, with 825 eligible for an ATAR.
With a list of distinguished achievers so long most schools are probably still trawling through them today, results show the Northern Rivers has claimed some of the state's top spots and local students and teachers have clearly been working very hard.
First in state
Katie Jones from Mount St Patrick College in Murwillumbah achieved a First in State for English Extension 1.
The list of local top achievers include Sanjana Jose who came fifth in Drama and Michelle Simpkins who came fifth in Studies of Religion, both from Trinity Catholic College. Jasmine Pierce from Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School came eighth in English Extension 2 and Jessica Ruby Buhagiar from Byron Bay High School came second in the state in Biology. Ms Buhagiar was also listed as an All Rounder, meaning she scored 90 or more in five or more subjects/10 or more units.
Maddison Jacobs from Xavier Catholic College in Ballina achieved a ranking of 18 in English.
Wollumbin High School's Fiona Stanley came seventh in Community and Family Studies. She also achieved band 6s in Legal Studies, Mathematics General 2 and PDHPE. Ms Stanley received a band 5 in Advanced English and has been offered a Bond University half-scholarship and early entry to other universities including Griffith.
The list of All Rounders includes Jye Beardow from St John's College, Woodlawn, Candice Fares from Trinity Catholic College and Simone Powell from Xavier Catholic College in Ballina.
The full list of distinguished achievers can be found on the Board of Studies Website boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au under HSC.
Local highlights include 14 students each from Alstonville High School, Byron High and Cape Byron Rudolph Steiner school making the Distinguished Achievers list.
The Rivers Secondary College had roughly six on the list and Kyogle High School can be particularly proud of itself with five Distinguished Achievers.
Mullumbimby High School had three students and Trinity Catholic College had so many that counting them in a hurry became problematic. We estimate 40.
Students with questions about their results can call the HSC Inquiry Centre on 1300 138 323.
Of course the heartbreak of those students who did not get the results they were hoping for can not be forgotten.
The student from Summerland Christian College achieved a Band 6 in each of her HSC subjects which should result in a high 90s ATAR today.
Jemima achieved results in the 90s for Music, Ancient History, Drama, Visual Arts and Advanced English. In addition to her academic studies Jemima performs in the Lismore Symphony Orchestra as a flautist and this year performed with the 40 member orchestra at the Whitebrook Theatre at Southern Cross University.
Jemima's future is bright and on track: "I'm going to university to study a Bachelor of Music and I would love to play in a professional orchestra. Studying HSC Music, Drama and Visual Arts has helped me to gain a well rounded perspective of Art History and Music Theory and how it how it all works together. The teachers of the creative subjects aren't afraid to put in overtime to help us. Without their willingness to support us after school and in the holidays, we wouldn't be able to get the marks we achieved."