ABOVE AVERAGE: McAuley College deputy principal Kate Thomson, dux of the school Liz Harre, and principal Leon Walsh.
ABOVE AVERAGE: McAuley College deputy principal Kate Thomson, dux of the school Liz Harre, and principal Leon Walsh.

McAuley thrilled by ‘exceptional’ HSC results

THERE was plenty of excitement at Grafton's McAuley Catholic College yesterday morning, as this year's crop of HSC students began reporting in their ATAR scores.

After tallying up the school leaderboard, principal Leon Walsh was clearly thrilled at what he said was an exceptional set of results.

"Most students have made contact with us because, understandably, they're over the moon," Mr Walsh said.

With at least half of the class of 2013 scoring above 80, or a minimum band 5, and 17 out of the 22 subjects scoring above the state average, Mr Walsh praised the achievements of his staff and students.

"It's very rewarding to see these students work so hard all year and achieve such wonderful results," Mr Walsh said.

"It's quite remarkable."

Elizabeth Harre, from Blaxlands Creek, can claim the title of Dux of the School, with an ATAR score of 98.40.

"I am pretty shocked and pretty happy with that," Ms Harre said yesterday.

Although she's still undecided about exactly what course to undertake at university, Ms Harre said the result should give her the option to pick and choose.

With a passion for mathematics, Ms Harre has narrowed it down to one of three courses: either a double degree in mathematics and business; a double degree in mathematics and commerce; or actuarial studies.

She credits her teacher, Andrew Marks, for inspiring her.

"I want to thank all the staff and students from my year," she said.

"I had a really good teacher and a small class; it was always fun to be in and we helped each other. We were all really close."

During 2014, Ms Harre will be taking a gap year to travel overseas and work as a tutor in a school near Cambridge, England.

Other high achievers from the McAuley Catholic College class of 2013 were: Samuel Rosser (97.25), Matthew O'Donohue (97.3), Georgia Hackett (92.85), Terri O'Reilly (92.70), and Sequoia Painter 91.10.



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