CHRISTMAS has come early for many local HSC students, who after 12 months of study, assessments, examinations, trials and truck loads of practice papers have received their final marks to attain their Higher School Certificate on Wednesday.
Trinity Catholic College, Goulburn High and Mulwaree High all fared well in this year’s results.
Principals of the three highschools told the Post they were proud and impressed with their Students’ efforts, with Trinity and Mulwaree High School the stand out performers.
Trinity principal Mary Jane Carroll-Fajada told the Post she was extremely proud of all of her students, and was especially impressed with school captain Nicholas Campton-Smith, who achieved Band Sixes across all of his subjects.
“It makes me especially proud that our school captain has received such great results,” she said.
“It sets a great example for the rest of the students to aspire to.”
The college received 33 Band Sixes across 18 subjects and 130 Band Fives across 30 subjects, with a particularly strong performance in the German Continuers subject.
Mrs Carroll-Fajada also said that many other subjects were filled with high achievers.
“We also had strong performances in History Extension, English, Studies of Religion 2, Senior Science, Economics, Industrial Technology, V.E.T, Retail and Community and Family Studies (CAFS),” she said.
Two Visual Arts students, Bryony Williamson and Heidi Wurston have been nominated for the prestigious Art Express 2012 at the Art Gallery of NSW, with Heidi’s works to be featured in an exhibition early next year.
Music student Michael Spackman has also been recognised for his achievement, receiving a nomination in the Encore 2012 program, a showcase of performances and compositions presented by the Board of Studies. Michael will perform at Encore 2013 at the Sydney Opera House in early February.
Mulwaree High also performed well, with 27 students achieving Band Sixes, and 70 achieving Band Fives.
Principal Martin Purcell told the Post that a couple of his students received particular recognition.
“One of our Textile and Design students, Brittany James, achieved a mark of 98 for one of her works. She also received a 92 for PDH/PE, and a 93 in Business Studies,” he said.
“Daniel Granger also did well, receiving a 96 for Business Studies, and, even though he is only in Year 11 and doing his Preliminary HSC, Jakub Nabaglo also got a 96 in (HSC) Maths.
Students have done exceptionally well in subjects such as Legal Studies, Maths, Ancient History, Agriculture, Community and Family Studies (CAFS), Physics, Textile and Design, and Hospitality.”
“Textile and Design and Hospitality were the two most outstanding and popular subjects. The teachers must especially be congratulated for the great job that they do in assisting their students.”
Goulburn High Acting-Principal Vero Joseph told the Post that his students had also achieved great results overall, with some exceeding even their own expectations.
Biology and Industrial Technology were the two stand-out subjects for 2012.
“Obviously, the students have had their ups and downs throughout the year,” he said.
“But we certainly had a significant number of students who gained early entry into university through various programs they participated in. A significant number of students also gained apprenticeships and traineeships through our Workplace Learning and TAFE Delivered Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs.
“We have had at least two Band Sixes and a significant number of Band Fives as well. We should congratulate all the students for working hard all year, and I hope that the students have got into the job or university degree they were hoping for.”
• Hard work pays off
Goulburn high schools have fared well in this year’s HSC, with Trinity and Mulwaree High producing some of their best year groups to date.
Marks for most students were high, with the majority of students getting into university and also trade-based apprenticeships.
Trinity Year 12 school captain Nicholas Campton-Smith topped the school’s honour roll, receiving an ATAR of 99.3, and has also been ranked fourth in the state for Studies of Religion 2. He told the Post that it is a big relief to know that his hard work has paid off.
“I’m going to take a year off to work, and will then apply to study a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Asia Pacific Studies at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra,” he said.
Fellow classmates Jak McMillan (96.9) and Angela Moran (95.3) will be attending university, with Jak getting into Sydney University to study Political, Economics and Social Sciences in 2013.
Angela will take a gap year to decide her future.
Goulburn High principal Vero Joseph told the Post that around 50 per cent of their students got into university, with Jack Tunks receiving an ATAR of 90, and securing a scholarship in Psychology at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
Fellow classmate Luke Charnock has been successful in gaining an electrical apprenticeship, with aspirations to work as a mining electrician.
Three other students, Sarah Joyce, Dannielle Allport and Alyce Scott also fared well, with the three of them getting into the University of Canberra to study in the areas of Science, Psychology, Sports Coaching, Exercise Science and Nutrition.
Mulwaree students have also done well, with principal Martin Purcell congratulating the students on a great year.
Seven students received ATARs in the low to mid 90s, with Brittany James and Daniel Granger receiving high HSC marks.
Brittany received 98 for her Textiles and Design major work, 92 in PDH/PE and 93 for Business Studies.
Daniel Granger received a mark of 96 for Business Studies, and was also ranked 19th in the state.
TESTING TIMES OVER: Trinity Catholic College students relax yesterday after being notified of their HSC results.
HIGH ACHIEVERS: Goulburn High Acting Principal Vero Joseph (right) pictured with year advisor Deb Whiley and students Sarah Joyce, Dannielle Allport and Alyce Scott. Sarah, Dannielle and Alyce have all applied to study Exercise Science, Nutrition and Education at the University of Canberra.
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