Brigidine College Randwick’s HSC class of 2015 basked in smiles and cheers as they met for morning tea to catch up and share their ATAR scores.
The School’s Dux, Lucy Kelley, had just found out that she was only 0.5 shy of a perfect ATAR score of 100.
“Getting a mark over 90 is not easy. I would study every day at the library until 10pm,” said Lucy, who proved hard work pays off, achieving perfect honour roll scores of 90 and above in all her subjects on her 18th birthday and an ATAR score of 99.5.
It was a celebratory morning for Lucy and 140 of her classmates, whose school earned the top performing place among Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic colleges this year, ranking 60th in the top 100 schools list.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet!” added Lucy, who now has her sights set on studying a Bachelor of Arts at Sydney University hopefully leading civil rights movements.
“After being involved in an environmentalist activist group at school called, ‘Sea Change’, I discovered I can be a self-righteous vigilante!”
“True to their education and the tradition of this school in forming the hearts and mind of women…”
– Principal Kate Edmondson
Similarly, Liana McMorrow, who arrived to the morning tea with an ATAR of 95.40, plans to study International and Global Studies and Law at Sydney University.
“I want to help people who don’t have a voice and maybe become Prime Minister!” said Liana, who is passionate about advocacy.
The 18 year-old has already been offered internship places with local MPs after advocating Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the last few weeks to end microbead pollution in our waterways.
One of the college’s five All-Rounder students, Aoife Kane, also has ambitions to study Advanced Science, majoring in Climate Science.
“Global warming is real,” said Aoif, who was motivated to take action against climate change after watching the movie, ‘The Day After Tomorrow’, 11 years ago.
College Principal Kate Edmondson had nothing but praise for the girls.
“We do have a very strong environmental group at the school,” she said. “True to their education and the tradition of this school in forming the hearts and mind of women, it’s important to have the girls articulate issues of their society – to become woman of their time and not just women of an ideal.”
In the role now for eight years, Ms Edmondson said that there is a very strong learning culture at the school to do well and the results were even more impressive when taking into consideration that the school is a comprehensive girls’ school.
“To be eleventh in the state in English and 17th in the state overall for Mathematics is a great achievement for a non-selective high school,” she said.
“We have students of all level of abilities at Brigidine. Our aim is to create an environment that allows for every girl to achieve to her potential.
“There’s also always truth about the girl who has been taught really well, who got a band 5 instead of a band 4. She has been really well taught and got a mark of 80 instead of 70. That doesn’t get the kind of accolades that the really high achievers get. It’s the pride in every girl’s achievement and every girl’s personal best,” she added.
About 98 per cent of the 2015 HSC class achieved their personal best and exceeded their expectations. Sixty-eight students achieved at least one Band 6 result.