HSC results show our best and brightest

St Andrews Christian School

ONLY nine students graduated from the Clarenza campus this year, but each one of them did their school proud.

The highest scores came from dux of the school for 2016, Elysia Salter, who received two band fives.

St Andrew's Christian School principal Mac Lindsay said he was proud of all nine students.

"They've all worked very hard and some of them have got really great results," he said.

Clarence Valley Anglican School

THIS year has been one of CVAS most successful year 12 group with a high number of students scoring band six marks.

Head of the Clarenza Campus, Aaron Dewhurst said this is the best result they've had in a long time

"We're really pleased with the students in year 12 this year and what they've achieved," he said.

"Seven of our subjects are well above the state average.

"That just shows that as a cohort, they are well above average."

Principal Martin Oates said he'd be incredibly impressed with the year 12 class.

"I'm new to the school but I'm very happy with with their attitude and the way they took to their studies," he said.

"As far as effort goes, I couldn't have asked much more of them."

Maclean High students celebrate the end of year 12 at the formal held at the Yamba Bowling CLub.
Maclean High students celebrate the end of year 12 at the formal held at the Yamba Bowling CLub. Adam Hourigan

Maclean High School

WITH the results of this year's HSC released, Maclean High School principal Robert Perl said it was an exciting time for the students to look forward to the next stage of their lives.

A total of 112 students graduated from Maclean High, and Mr Perl said everyone from teachers to students were pleased with their results.

"There weren't too many surprises with the results, they were what we expected," he said.

"It's the hard work that pays off, and the kids have worked hard consistently all year. Some are naturally gifted, especially in the music department but they all worked hard for their results."

Mr Perl said the results were all relative to every student, and very few were leaving school without either university or full-time work prospects.

"Even the kids that didn't score highly did very well for themselves, and I always say that as long as they have a choice as to what they want to do, they're successful," he said.

"We were very pleased with our results."

Maclean High School finished with Nick Jansen finishing on the merit list for Music 1, while ten students made the the distinguished achievers list. In total students earned 16 Band 6s and 55 Band 5s, with the highest ATAR a 94.3.

Pacific Valley Christian School

IT IS a momentous occasion for Pacific Valley Christian School with the school celebrating the HSC results of its first ever Year 12.

This year the Gulmarrad school had 12 students complete their final year of secondary studies.

The school even had one student achieve a Band 6, with Samuel Cashman earning the honour in Music Extension.

The Pacific Valley Christian School principal and head of secondary were both unavailable for comment.

Grafton High School

LEADING student at Grafton High, Mercedes Sieradzan, was able to add a first year university high distinction to her consistent band 6 and band 5 HSC results.

Principal Peter South said her result was the outstanding performance in a pleasing performance from the 70-plus students who sat the exam.

Mercedes was doing studies which added university experience to her year 12 studies.

Mr South said Lily Porra was another student who scored consistently.

He said other good perfomers included Taylah Foley with a band 6 in Music 1 - not an easy thing to do - Emma Hart, with a batch of high range band 5s, Nick Pate, Tanayah McLeod and Olivia Wood.

Mr South said more than 100 students were eligible for the HSC at the school but around 70 were eligible for an ATAR.

"We have students from Mercedes, through to people who will ge an HSC with an ATAR for achieving life skills," he said.

McAuley Catholic College

ASSISTANT principal of McAuley Catholic College Kate Thomson said the school knew it had an exceptional group of students this year, but as the results for their Higher School Certificate came in, she was simply blown away.

"We're very proud, just jubilant," she said.

"We've got 33% of the school in Band 5 or 6, and 12 courses above the state mean, which is amazing by itself.

"But then to have three students on the all-rounders list - we haven't seen results like that for over 10 years."

The three students, Laura Johnson, Lucy Bindon and Ruby Harrigan were equally awestruck by the numbers that appeared before them.

TOP OF THE CLASS: McAuley HSC students Laura Johnson, Ruby Harrigan and Lucy Bindon celebrate together after being named on the 2016 HSC All-Rounders list for having all their units in Band 6.
TOP OF THE CLASS: McAuley HSC students Laura Johnson, Ruby Harrigan and Lucy Bindon celebrate together after being named on the 2016 HSC All-Rounders list for having all their units in Band 6. Adam Hourigan

The all-rounders are awarded to students who achieve Band 6 in all 10 units of their study, and with that came ATARs above 99 for Laura and Lucy, and while Ruby's ATAR is still being calculated, it is also expected to be in the high 90s.

Laura is planning to study engineering, Lucy medicine, and Ruby is hoping, eventually, to get to studying humanitarian law in Melbourne and said they all had their parents to thank for the support.

South Grafton High

SOUTH Grafton High School students achieved 17 band six results overall, but it was year 10 student Sam Hearfield who took an accelerated HSC hospitality course who was one of the the shining stars.

"The idea is that if you got a band six now it means you could do four subjects in year 12 if you want to focus on your work load, so make those four easier, but I probably won't do that because I'd have to be perfect in everything," Sam said.

Over the last two years, Sam has done 70 hours of practical work placement, and had to cook things in the test that tested the skills they'd learnt in the hospitality course.

Other high achievers form South Grafton High School include Jai Brown, who scored an ATAR of 98.35 with band sixes in Maths Ext 1, Maths Ext 2, Physics, Chemistry and Thomas Lancaster who scored 93.65 with band sixes in Physics and Music.

The entire HSC music class, including Thomas, Cormac Grant and Sebastian Young scored a band six in the subject.

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