The outstanding HSC achievements of students from Sydney Catholic schools demonstrates clearly that non-selective, comprehensive secondary schooling is no barrier to academic success.
Analysis of the 2015 HSC shows that 74% of HSC courses sat by students in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney scored above the state average.
This maintains the long-term trend of continual improvement in academic achievement. Since 2001, the percentage of courses above the state average has risen from 51% to 74% – a 23% increase.
Three of the 32 colleges stood out this year with 90% of their HSC courses above the state average. Those schools were:
- St Ursula’s College Kingsgrove: 91.67%
- Brigidine Catholic College Randwick: 90.32%
- Marist Catholic College Kogarah: 90.32%
Another 10 schools had more than 80% of their courses above the state average. These schools are:
- St Patrick’s Catholic College Sutherland: 87.88%
- Freeman Catholic College Bonnyrigg Heights: 87.50%
- Bethany College Hurstville: 86.67%
- Good Samaritan Catholic College Hinchinbrook: 86.67%
- Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich: 85.29%
- St John Bosco College Engadine: 84.00%
- St Clare’s College Waverley: 82.14%
- St Mary’s Cathedral College Sydney: 82.14%
- Trinity Catholic College Auburn: 81.25%
- Domremy College Five Dock: 80.65%
This year, 39 students from Sydney Catholic schools made the state’s prestigious ‘All Round Achievers List’ – a score of 90 or above in 10 or more units. It is also worth noting that 13 colleges recorded students on this list, with the most successful being Freeman Catholic College Bonnyrigg Heights (7 students on the list) followed by Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich (6 students on the list).
Nine Sydney Catholic Colleges ranked in the top 150 SMH Honour Roll, with Brigidine College Randwick being the top performing Sydney Archdiocesan school, ranking 60th on this merit list.
The number of students gaining scores in the top two bands in 2015 increased from the previous year – up from 9,507 to 9,850 bands 5 and 6 results.
In addition, there were three students who were placed first in the State in their course. They were:
- Teresa Repice from Bethany College Hurstville: First in Course in Dance
- Jasmin Kumar from Good Samaritan Catholic College Hinchinbrook: First in Course in Business Services; and
- Isabelle Hargraves from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College Kensington: First in Course in Society and Culture.
Clearly, Catholic schools are punching well above their weight!
Executive Director of Sydney Catholic schools, Dr Dan White, congratulated all students for their outstanding results in the 2015 Higher School Certificate.
“Every student who completed their HSC this year is to be congratulated on their efforts and achievements,” Dr White said.
“It is a significant milestone and the culmination of many years of dedicated study and effort.
“We also know that the quality of teaching is the biggest influence on a student’s education, and these results affirm that this is a key strength of Catholic schools.
“We are able to celebrate another successful year of teaching and learning in Sydney Catholic schools because we have so many well trained, passionate and committed teachers who want only best for their students,” Dr White added.
“The quality of the teaching and the uncompromising commitment of Catholic school teachers to keep ‘raising the bar’ is driving this sustained success.”
2015 HSC All-Rounders:
All Saints Catholic Senior College Casula: Ginna Tieu, Kathy Touma.
Bethany College Hurstville: Eugenia Alabasinis, Teresa Repice.
Brigidine College Randwick: Aoife Kane, Lucy Kelley, Liana McMorrow, Victoria Rosenberg, Darlene Tjahjadi.
De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla: Eliza Doret, Alexis Koumas.
De La Salle College Revesby Heights: Matthew Masetto.
Freeman Catholic College Bonnyrigg Heights: Christine Capolino, Gavin Carballo, Julian Hamama, Michael Micali, Tereza Papdi, Brittanie Payne, Jeffrey Quach.
Good Samaritan Catholic College Hinchinbrook: Carley Bonaccorso, Gabriella Raco.
Marcellin College Randwick: Samuel Bailey.
Marist College Kogarah: Eoin Feeney, Trent Lazos, Lachlan Rowland-Wild, Marc Said.
Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich: Ciara Fitzgerald, Daniella Foley, Emily Irwin, Julia Lancuba, Eugenia Munoz-Prieto, Sophie Woodbury.
St Clare’s College Waverley: Mikaela Farrugia, Caitlin Madeira.
St Mary’s Cathedral College Sydney: Samuel Jackson, Connor Wherrett.
St Ursula’s Kingsgrove: Renee Iannotti, Jessica Perrone.
Trinity Catholic College Auburn: Madeleine Dera.