Despite Gough Whitlam introducing needs-based funding in the 1970s, the equity gap between schools seems to be widening.
In her start-of-year speech, Shelford Girls' Grammar captain Florence Potter rallied her class to break the school into the top-10 VCE performers.
More than 50,000 students got their ATAR on Thursday, with some, like Henry Garing, "ecstatic" about their result.
Why the maximum rank of 99.95, why not 100?
A total of 55,482 students across the state got their ATAR today, with nearly one-third receiving 80.00 or more.
Parramatta Marist High is the big mover this year among the state's top HSC schools.
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