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

McAuley students push each other to the top

ASSISTANT principal of McAuley Catholic College Kate Thomson said they knew they had an exceptional group of students this year, but as the results for their Higher School Certificate came in, she was just 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

"I was sobbing on the ground," Laura said.

"Yeah I was in denial, and then for the next two hours I was just ecstatic," Laura added.

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.

"It's such an honour because our school is such a great school, and our teachers never stop working for us," Lucy said.

"And they've always been so caring to our welfare, because the year can be so stressful sometimes," Ruby added.

And while the three are good friends, choosing to celebrate their results going to the beach together on Wednesday, they admit there was a rivalry that pushed them forward.

"It was amazing having such close friends, because we pulled each other out of the graveyard on a few occasions," Laura said.

"The results are just amazing, we always knew where we stood against each other, but you never know against all the other years.

"But as a year group we're so strong - there's eight of us who scored over 90."

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.

But for now - they're all going to enjoy the break

"We'll be at the beach for six weeks," Lucy laughed.



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