Girls lead HSC surge in Hunter schools 

HIGH ACHIEVERS:  Maitland Grossman High School students Hayden Moxey, Daniel Tam, Thomas Sobor and  Madi Turner-Presker yesterday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
HIGH ACHIEVERS: Maitland Grossman High School students Hayden Moxey, Daniel Tam, Thomas Sobor and Madi Turner-Presker yesterday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

HUNTER and Central Coast female students have been the standout performers in this year’s Higher School Certificate, while independent schools rivalled selective schools  in the  merit lists.

A total of 8184 school leavers received their results for individual subjects either online or by text from 6am yesterday, with some messages arriving early or later than expected.

The region performed well in the annual Board of Studies Top Achievers, All-Round Achievers and Distinguished Achievers list, a day after four of its students were named First in Course for their subjects on Tuesday.

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The All-Round Achievers list of students who achieved a mark of more than 90 in most of their subjects included 31 Hunter and Central Coast students, including 18 girls.

This was a drop from a total of 44 last year.

The list included 16 students from the region’s selective state schools Merewether High, Hunter School of the Performing Arts and Gosford High, 11 from independent schools, two from non-selective state schools and two from Catholic school St Francis Xavier’s at Hamilton.

The Top Achievers List of students who had earned a ranked place in a subject as well as a mark over 90 included 32 of the region’s students,  17 of them girls,  an increase of two from last year.

The regions had 1141 students on the Distinguished Achievers List of pupils who received a result in the highest band possible for one or more courses, which was an increase from 1127 last year.

A large number of schools improved their rankings in the latest set of results, with St Philip’s Christian College at Gosford up a remarkable 344 places, Lisarow High School jumping 154 places, Macquarie College at Wallsend rising 161 places and Avondale College at Cooranbong and Warners Bay High School both up 128 places.

Macquarie College principal Dr Bruce Youlden said the jump in rankings could be attributed to the strong and tight-knit cohort of students, 80per cent of which had been at the school since kindergarten and shared a healthy sense of competition.

The top rated schools based on success rates were Gosford High School, Newcastle Grammar School, Merewether High School, Christadelphian Heritage College Morisset and Hunter Valley Grammar School.

Schools at the bottom of the list included Maitland High School, Lake Munmorah High School, Chatham High School at Taree, Scone High School, Kurri Kurri High School and Rutherford High School.

Executive Director of Public Schools NSW Frank Potter said Hunter government schools had performed exceptionally well.

‘‘The Hunter had students from 24 schools on the Distinguished Achievers list – Merewether High was well represented as expected, with 111 students, but there were also some outstanding outcomes for schools that are not academically selective, for instance HSPA with 35 students, Warners Bay High with 30, Maitland Grossmann High School with 28, Lambton High with 25, and Kotara, Jesmond Campus and Tomaree all in double figures,’’ he said.

‘‘I believe the spread of results demonstrates how our schools are providing outstanding educational opportunities for all students, no matter where they live.

Director of Schools in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Ray Collins said students from all six of the diocese’s  senior secondary schools appeared on the Distinguished Achievers List.

‘‘I congratulate two students in our diocese who made the state’s Top Achievers list; St Joseph’s High School Aberdeen student Amber Creighton came sixth in the state in Retail Services and St Francis Xavier’s student Aaron Benjamin Ting came sixth in the state in Software Design and Development.

Exceeding principal expectations

MAITLAND Grossman High School has cemented its place as one of the best performing non-selective government schools in the region, with three of its students ranked in the top 15 for their subjects in the state.

Principal Dr Di Soltau said her students had ‘‘exceeded my expectations once again’’, with 29 pupils achieving 52 credits, or marks of more than 90 in individual subjects.

‘‘I’m very, very pleased with the results,’’ she said.

‘‘About 80 per cent of our students achieved band fives or sixes in English and we had marks over 90 in a range of subjects from music to design and technology to industrial technology.’’

Daniel Tam, 18, of East Maitland, was named on the All Rounders list for achieving marks of more than 90 in most of his subjects.

Motivated by his natural  curiosity and enjoyment of learning, he achieved marks in the highest band in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

He hopes to study a Bachelor of Engineering in Photovoltaics and Solar Energy Engineering at the University of NSW.

The school’s tally of three students on the Top Achievers list – for pupils with a ranked place in a subject as well as a mark over 90 –  is superseded in the Hunter only by Merewether High with four students.

Hayden Moxey, 18, of Bolwarra Heights was ranked third in the state for his favourite subject Engineering Studies, which also earned him a mark of 96.

‘‘It’s a big relief,’’ he said.

Hayden has received student awards for Wollongong University engineering competitions.Madison Turner-Presker, 18, of Maitland was ranked sixth in Community and Family Studies, a subject which earned her a mark of 98.

She said she enjoyed learning about biology and liked to help people, so may choose to study science or medicine.

Thomas Sabor, 18, of Tenambit, preferred studying maths and science and was pleasantly surprised when he was ranked 13th in the state for English Standard.

‘‘I wasn’t expecting it at all,’’ he said.

He hopes to study commerce at the University of Newcastle.

Maitland Grossman is ranked 11th in the Hunter and Central Coast and 199 overall, up 12 spots since last year.