Western Sydney Catholic school students ‘top of the class’ in the HSC


Sue Walsh, Relieving Executive Director Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta is delighted with the news that two students from Catholic schools in the Diocese achieved ‘First in Course’ recognition in the 2017 HSC.

“Annabelle Alam from St Patrick’s Marist College, Dundas was first in Food Technology while Emma Grant from Catherine McAuley Westmead was placed first in the Hospitality Examination,” Mrs Walsh said. “It is a very special occasion for these two students, their families and their teachers too!”

Annabelle said that when she first received the news that she had been awarded first place in Food Technology, she thought someone was playing a prank on her. 

“It just did not seem real,” Annabelle said. “It took a long time to sink in. This is the subject that I am most passionate about. My goal is to be a dietitian. I am so excited.”

Annabelle Alam receives her award from NSW Premier Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP (photo credit: NESA)
Annabelle Alam receives her award from NSW Premier Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP (photo credit: NESA)

Annabelle received further good news later in the week. When her results came through, she learned that she had attained a Band 6 in each of her subjects. She now has her sights set on a place at Sydney University.

“It has been an incredible week. The award ceremony was special - unlike anything I had ever experienced before. I met students from schools all over Sydney.”

Emma Grant from Catherine McAuley Westmead was very excited to achieve first in course in the Hospitality Examination. She strongly recommends that students considering HSC subject choices be guided by their passions. 

“You’ve got to do the subjects you enjoy,” Emma said. “The key to success is to have fun with it.”

Emma Grant
Emma Grant's achievement has opened new possibilities as she considers her academic options for 2018 (photo credit: NESA)

Emma has already been offered a place to study media and marketing at Macquarie University through the Global Leadership Entry Program. However, she is also seriously considering the possibility of studying veterinary science. 

Congratulations to all our 2017 HSC students, their families and teachers on their outstanding achievements.


Posted By Elizabeth Scully at 14/12/2017 11:36:17 AM

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