History making HSC results for Catholic schools
|St Pauls' Thomas Grainger and Loyola's Kristine Samson were among the top students in the state recognised at the HSC First in Course presentation on Tuesday 13 December PHOTO CREDIT: Benjamin Townsend|
Catholic schools in the Parramatta Diocese have seen some outstanding results in this year’s Higher School Certificate (HSC) including a history making performance by one Year 12 student.
St Pauls Catholic College, Greystanes student, Thomas Grainger, became the first student ever to achieve the top honour in the state for two HSC subjects - Business Studies and Ancient History. He also placed third for Studies of Religion II. Fellow St Pauls student, James Hallab, achieved 17th place in Business Studies was named on both the all-rounders* and top achievers** list. (See full story)
Loyola Senior High School, Mount Druitt excelled in Filipino Continuers with Kristine Samson achieving first in course; the fifth time in 10 years for the school. Valerie Cortes placed second; Arianne Capule, third and Emma Paceleb fifth in the state. Loyola also had their best ever HSC results overall with a 55 per cent increase in the number of Band 5 and 6 results for the school. (See full story)
Cerdon College, Merrylands is deservedly proud of their seven students who were named on the all-rounders list. Jesse Bacon, Stephanie Eid, Natalie Kahwajy, Caitlin Tania, Julianne Tiglao, Zenie Trinh and Rachael Versace all achieved 10 or more units at Band 6 in the HSC. Stephanie Hage made the high achievers list by placing second in the Hospitality exam.
Overall, Cerdon students received 139 Band 6 results, 339 Band 5 results and 285 Band 4 results resulting in 80 per cent of all 2011 HSC results achieving at or above a Band 4 level.
Principal Trish Baker said she is proud of her students’ achievements.
‘These achievements are the result of the work of a dedicated and professional teaching staff who continue to critically reflect on ways to further enhance student academic outcomes,’ said Trish.
Two students from St Patrick’s Marist College, Dundas were named on the high achievers list for Mathematics with Kim Wondong achieving third in 2 Unit Mathematics and James Cousin placing 15th in General Mathematics. St Patrick’s student, Natalie Astalosh was also named on the all-rounders list.
Bede Polding College, Windsor student, Sarah Marakakis, was named on the all-rounders list earning results in the top band for all her subjects. Johanna Tilden placed 10th in Community and Family Studies and Danielle-Jo Vella achieved seventh in Business Services.
Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park student, Eden Grimes achieved fourth place in Society and Culture and the school has also had outstanding results in Visual Arts with seven students being selected for ArtExpress. Rebecca Cini, Kara Landrigan, Lauren McGrath, Cassandra Middlebrook, Kate Pozoglou, Diana Rouggos and Keiana Watene-Zelezniak will all have their HSC Visual Art work exhibited in 2012.
Gilroy Catholic College, Castle Hill has seen their best ever HSC results and student, Laura Hodges, was also named on the all-rounders list. Gilroy achieved their highest ever results in Design and Technology; Community and Family Studies; English Standard; English Advanced; English Extension 1 and Extension 2, Studies of Religion 1, Italian Beginners, Japanese Extension and Hospitality.
Gilroy’s principal, Brad Campbell said that he was extremely pleased with the school’s performance.
‘I thank all the teachers who have worked so hard to help our students achieve these brilliant results,’ said Brad. ‘Most importantly, I congratulate the students on their hard work and dedication which has set a new benchmark for excellence at Gilroy.’
Parramatta Marist High School, Westmead ranked in the Sydney Morning Herald’s top 100 schools for HSC results and had three students named on the all-rounders list - Alessandro Cowley, Gaby Elsusu and Joe Nassif. Student, Joshua Dona, achieved 12th in the English (Standard) course.
Catherine McAuley Westmead made the top achievers list for PDHPE with student, Hannah Bowyer, placing 11th in the state. While, St Columbas High School, Springwood student, Audrey Marsh, was named on the all-rounders list.
Marian College, Kenthurst also had some outstanding results in Community and Family Studies with Isabella Fontana placing third in the subject and Drianne Deang achieving a perfect score in her HSC exam.
Nagle College, Blacktown were delighted with their English results with 100 per cent of students achieving Bands 4,5 and 6 in English Advanced and in 2 Unit Mathematics, 85 per cent of students achieved in Bands 4, 5 and 6.
Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby, congratulated the students on their success.
‘Congratulations to these students for their outstanding success and to all our students who have worked hard and achieved terrific outcomes in their HSC after 13 years of schooling,’ said Greg. ‘We know that their hard work is supported by our dedicated teachers who continue to focus on improving the quality of their teaching for the students in their care.’
‘Our teachers know that the best way to improve the learning outcomes of their students is by continuing to learn themselves, with their colleagues in a collaborative way and to work with each other and their students to ensure they have the best learning experiences and opportunities possible,’ he said.
Students in the Parramatta Diocese who were named on the all-rounders achievers list are as follows:
Bede Polding College, Windsor
Cerdon College, Merrylands
- Jesse Bacon
- Stephanie Eid
- Natalie Kahwajy
- Caitlin Taniane
- Julianne Tiglao
- Zenie Trinh
- Rachael Versace
Gilroy Catholic College, Castle Hill
Parramatta Marits High School, Westmead
- Alessandro Cowley
- Gaby Elsusu
- Joe Nassif
St Columba’s High School, Springwood
St Patrick’s Marist College, Dundas
St Pauls Catholic College, Greystanes
- Thomas Grainger
- James Hallab
*All-rounders are students who have achieved 10 or more units at Band 6.
** Students named on the top achievers list place 1-20th in their course depending on the size of the course candidature.
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