Singleton’s top two

IT’S a long way from the small Mount Pleasant Primary School near Singleton to the heights of achievement in the 2012 Higher School Certificate (HSC).
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A former student Eliza Harrison was named first in course for design and technology in this year’s HSC and if that was not enough she went on to score 99.05 in her Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

Eliza who completed her final three high school years at Barker College in Sydney, after attending Singleton High School for years 7 to 9, hopes to study a Bachelor Science with a Masters in Nutrition or a Bachelor of Science Advanced both at Sydney University.

For her major work in design and technology she designed and made a women’s suit – blazer, pants and skirt. The work has to be based on something that is genuinely needed and according to Eliza the suit was designed to be worn by younger female employees.

She said she would not pursue a life of design at this stage preferring to study a degree where employment was more readily available.

“Once I have a job I can then work on the creative side as an interest or hobby then I will probably enjoy it more,” she said.

“Without the pressure to find an income from design I think I will enjoy it a whole lot more.”

Another local high achiever in this year’s HSC was Branxton’s James Mohun who was named in the NSW Board of Studies All Round Achievers List.

He received band six results in all six of his subjects and scored an ATAR of 98.35. James’s family own the Wynyard Street general store in Singleton and he attended The Armidale School.

In 2013 James will be taking a gap year in England working at the Kings School in Wimbledon but he hopes to study something in the commerce or economic faculty the following year.

Hunter Valley Grammar School student Millie Sykes gained an ATAR of 97.45 and she will also be taking a gap year in 2013 before studying communications in film and media at either Sydney University or the University of Sydney Technology.

Singleton High School’s deputy principal Ian Skilton said he was thrilled with the solid results his students achieved in this year’s HSC.

Our school offers 57 subjects and this year we had a real spread of great results.

“We had a solid bunch of band fives and band sixes across various subjects including those in music and visual arts, “ he said.

Mr Skilton was particularly pleased with the results in hospitality and Personal Development Health and Physical Education.

“The results in hospitality are a testament to the concept of the trade training centre where students the three local high schools came to our school to use the facilities,” he said.

“Students from all these schools gained great results in this year’s exams.”

He described this year’s 12 students as being very community minded and this was borne out by their results.

At Catherine’s Catholic College, principal Brian Lacey said his students performed well in VET courses, maths and English.

A highlight for the school was the results among the legal studies students.

“What I would like to highlight to all our students and their parents is the importance of education – never just think you can get a job say in the mining industry, ” he said.

“In the future attaining a good job will mean having a good education and we have to value learning.

“Gaining good results comes down to hard work and valuing learning.”

FIRST IN COURSE: Eliza Harrison at the presentation of the NSW Board of Studies first in course awards for the 2012 HSC. Eliza gained first place in design and technology and gained at ATAR of 99.05.

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