Western Sydney HSC students best in the state

15/12/2016
From left to right: Alessandro Sobral from Parramatta Marist High School - Studies of Religion I, Casey Sieb from St Mark
From left to right: Alessandro Sobral from Parramatta Marist High School - Studies of Religion I, Casey Sieb from St Mark's Catholic College, Stanhope Gardens - Business Services Examination, Christine Gutierrez from St John Paul II Catholic College, Nirimba - Mathematics General 2, Jamie Lipsham from Cerdon College Merrylands - Entertainment Industry Examination andEmily Tyrrell from Bede Polding College, South Windsor - English (Advanced).


A record number of HSC students in the Parramatta Diocese topped the state in their respective courses this year.

NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli presented the five students their “First in Course” certificates at a special event celebrating the best and brightest students in the state.

The students include:   

  • Emily Tyrrell from Bede Polding College, South Windsor - English (Advanced).

  • Christine Gutierrez from St John Paul II Catholic College, Nirimba - Mathematics General 2

  • Alessandro Sobral from Parramatta Marist High School - Studies of Religion I.

  • Jamie Lipsham from Cerdon College Merrylands - Entertainment Industry Examination.

  • Casey Sieb from St Mark's Catholic College, Stanhope Gardens - Business Services Examination.

Executive Director Greg Whitby said the result was the highest number of  ‘First in Course’ awards achieved in the Diocese in a single year.

“While only one measure of success, it was a source of deep pride for me to see students from western Sydney Catholic schools featuring so prominently in these prestigious awards,” he said.

“I hope that the achievements of these students inspire others in western Sydney schools to dismiss outright the negative stereotyping and labelling that they are too often forced to endure and to believe instead that great things are possible for each of them.

It was particularly rewarding to see that the successes were in a range of academic subjects (Advanced English, General Mathematics and 1 unit Studies of Religion) as well as vocational subjects (Business Services Exam, Entertainment Industry Exam).

It is also worth noting that all of the 22 secondary schools are non-selective with some schools located in less economically advantaged areas.

Mr Whitby said while we acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of these five students, it is important to remember that there are other important measures of success not captured by HSC scores.

“We must never forget that developing in each child a love of learning is creates for them a pathway to something bigger and better - their own their field of dreams,” he said.

“That is the aim of every one of our 78 schools.”

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