HSC students at St Ursula’s College Kingsgrove presented their Principal, Anne Anderson, with an impressive departing gift.
The school was the best performing all girls’ secondary college in the Archdiocese of Sydney with the 2014 HSC class scoring above the state average in 93.7 per cent of all courses.
“The 146 students in Year 12 made it a year to remember, exceeding all expectations achieving the school’s best ever HSC results,” said Ms Anderson in her final year at St Ursula’s before she takes up the new position as Principal of Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich.
“I am very proud of all the students. Their hard work and commitment, and their dedication to do well, has been outstanding.”
Ms Anderson attributed the successful results to the students, but said there has been a very strong learning culture at St Ursula’s.
“All of the students and staff work together to ignite a love of learning and to ensure that the students get the most out of their education here at St Ursula’s,” she said.
The college has been one of the most consistent highest performing Catholic Secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney for the last seven years.
This year, seven students, the school’s largest ever group of All-Rounders, achieved ATAR scores above 90.
The college also moved up in the rankings from 65 to 62 on the top 100 schools list in the state.
College captain, Elizabeth Daher, who achieved an ATAR score of 98.5, said she also believed the 2014 HSC class did an amazing job.
“It’s a grand way for the school to bid farewell to Ms Anderson,” said Elizabeth. “We had an amazing year group and I am so proud of every single one of the students and how hard they’ve worked.”
Elizabeth hopes to study law next year and work in the area of juvenile justice after being inspired by the school’s work in social justice activities like Night Petrol.
The school’s top student, Savanna Russo, who achieved a stunning ATAR score of 99.6, also wants to study Law, combined with International Studies at the UNSW for the next six year.
“I’m part Italian, so I’d love to learn Italian and study in Italy for a year,” said Savanna, who ideally would love to land a job working for the United Nations.
Savanna, who is also Vice Captain of the school, as well as this year’s Dux, said she wasn’t expecting the school’s top score.