ANXIOUS Bega Valley students received their HSC results on Wednesday, with both Bega High School and Sapphire Coast Anglican College pleased with the overall results.
“A very small cohort of 19 students from Sapphire Coast Anglican College sat the 2012 Higher School Certificate and the results are again very pleasing,” a spokesperson from SCAC said.
The school’s top students were Lachlan McCulloch, Band 5 in Ancient History, Business Studies and Mathematics; Chris Dickinson, Band 5 in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education; Xavier Smith, Band 5 in English; Ryan Tipping, Band 5 is Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics; Georgia Vaughan-Smith, Band 5 in English and Tourism; Jasmin Wilcox, Band 5 in Ancient History; and Tim Winterflood, Band 5 in Business Studies and Music.
Band 6 is 90-100 marks for the subject, Band 5 is 80-89 marks and Band 4 is 70 to 79 marks.
“This year Ancient History, Physics and Chemistry were outstanding with 50 per cent of the candidates achieving results in the top 20 per cent of the state,” the spokesperson said.
“Overall 40 per cent of this year’s students achieved results in the top 20 per cent of the state to which the college is extremely proud.
“A number of students have already been successful in securing early entry for their chosen university courses, which has taken some pressure off receiving their HSC results.
“The school congratulates the students for achieving their best and thanks the dedicated and competent teachers for their after-hours tuition and holiday study classes which have contributed to this success.”
Students received their ATAR (Australia Tertiary Admission Rank) today, the ranking system used to allocate university places.
Principal of Bega High School John Salmon said this year’s results were not as good as the 2011, but said they were still an “outstanding achievement”.
“The 2012 group of 129 students has achieved 20 Band 6 results, 91 Band 5 and 207 Band 4 between them, which is fantastic,” Mr Salmon said.
“The students have done particularly well in Extension History with three E4s, which is the 90 to 100 per cent range.
“Our top students were Amy Shaw, Adam Silverwood, Madeleine Stocker, Thea Turnbull, Christopher Willburger and Thomas Willburger, and Clare Barcham.
“I look forward to learning what their ATARs are and hope they get into the courses they want.
“However, the results are slightly down on last year so it’s obviously motivation to look at where we can help the class of 2013.
“We have a lot of great programs in place for next year and are particularly focused on developing a strong senior leadership group amongst the students.
“We will be raising the bar for these students and also raising our expectations of them, but going with that is the school providing better resources and support for them.”
Mr Salmon said there will be a focus on students developing career plans.
“I really want them to engage with the idea of ‘where will I be in two years?’ and what they need to do to achieve this,” he said.
• Bega High School’s top HSC achievers include (above) Adam Silverwood and Clare Barcham.
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