Best HSC year yet for Sydney Catholic schools

Five Sydney Catholic school students were first in place in courses in the 2016 HSC.

Sydney Catholic schools First in Course students from left: Patrick Ha, Chelsi Williams, Gabrielle Pagano and Grant Pfundstein with NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli. Absent: Victoria Moliterno.

Sydney Catholic schools have experienced their best year ever in the 2016 Higher School Certificate (HSC) examination, maintaining a 15-year trend of continual improvement in academic achievement.

Sydney Catholic Schools’ (SCS) 38 secondary colleges offer a non-selective, comprehensive education in suburbs throughout the Archdiocese of Sydney.

Highlights include a 1 per cent increase in students achieving a Band 6 (90 or above) in courses and an overall increase of 1.7 per cent of students achieving in the top two bands.

Sydney Catholic school students named in the All Rounders list increased from 46 in 2015 to 51 in 2016. These students achieve a Band 6 in 10 or more units of their courses.

The number of colleges achieving 90 per cent of their HSC courses above the state average increased from three schools in 2015 to seven this year. These schools were:

  • St Patrick’s College Sutherland:                             94.1 %
  • St Ursula’s College Kingsgrove:                              94.1%
  • St Mary’s Cathedral College Sydney:                     93.1%
  • Freeman Catholic College Bonnyrigg Heights:    93.1 %
  • Marist Catholic College Penshurst:                        92.6%
  • Brigidine College Randwick:                                    90.6%
  • Marcellin College Randwick:                                    90.0%

For Marist Catholic College Penshurst these results were particularly pleasing as 2016 was the school’s first HSC year. The former boys Years 7-10 school, which became co-ed and Years 7-12 in 2015, also achieved 89th place on The Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 150 Schools League Table in its first HSC year.

Other schools to be listed on the Top 150 Schools League Table were Brigidine College Randwick (56th), Freeman Catholic College Bonnyrigg Heights (69th) St Ursula’s College Kingsgrove (75th), St Mary’s Cathedral College (109th), Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich (111th), Bethany College Hurstville (116th), Marist College Kogarah (122nd), Mount St Joseph College Milperra (126th), St Patrick’s College Sutherland (127th), St John Bosco College Engadine (130th), Marcellin College Randwick (141st), Clancy Catholic College West Hoxton (143rd) and Marist College North Shore (145th).

Of these schools, significant improvement was made by St Mary’s Cathedral College, which moved from outside the Top 150 list in 2015 to 109th and Freeman Catholic College, which jumped 35 places on its 2015 ranking to 69th.

“These results continue a trend of ongoing improvement in academic and vocational education achievement in our schools in the HSC.”

– Dr Mick Bezzina, Director of Teaching and Learning, Sydney Catholic Schools

Dr Michael Bezzina, Director of Teaching and Learning at Sydney Catholic Schools, said these results were a great opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of hardworking and able students, and the tremendous skill and dedication of our highly professional teachers in Sydney Catholic schools.

“These results continue a trend of ongoing improvement in academic and vocational education achievement in our schools in the HSC.”

Two of the 51 Sydney Catholic schools students who were named All Rounders in the 2016 HSC.

HSC All Rounders: Chelsi Williams, St Patrick’s College Sutherland and Patrick Ha, Champagnat Catholic College Pagewood with Dr Mick Bezzina. Chelsi and Patrick were two of 51 All Rounder students,

Other highlights included 24 students recognised as Top Achievers in their course. Standouts were Freeman Catholic College Bonnyrigg Heights students –  Maryann Kas who was 9th in Economics and 8th in Legal Studies and Sandra Goria who was 19th in Advanced English and 14th in Mathematics.

Five students from four Sydney Catholic schools also achieved First Place in HSC courses or examinations. Patrick Ha, Champagnat Catholic College Pagewood was equal first in Business Studies, Victoria Moliterno, Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich, equal first in Entertainment Industry examination, Grant Pfundstein, St Patrick’s College Sutherland, first place in Construction Examination and Chelsi Williams, St Patrick’s College Sutherland, first place in Retail Services examination.

Chelsi William’s first place in Retail Studies marked a great achievement not only for her but also her teacher Nicola Marshall, who has had three students in the past four years achieve first place in the subject.

In Design and Technology, De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla students – Gabrielle Pagano and Charlotte Startari achieved first and second place respectively.

Design and Technology First in Course student Gabrielle Pagano from De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla with her proud teacher Sara Gamsaragan.

Proud teacher: Sara Gamsaragan, Design and Technology teacher at De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla, congratulates Gabrielle Pagano, first in the course closely followed by her classmate Charlotte Startari.

Sydney Catholic schools are characterised by high expectations so that students will achieve their potential.

– Dr Dan White, Executive Director, Sydney Catholic Schools

Dr Dan White, Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) congratulated the students on their outstanding results and acknowledged the role of their teachers and parents.

He said Sydney Catholic schools are characterised by high expectations so that students will achieve their potential.

“We place a priority on innovation where and when it enhances learning and teaching. We also support and challenge teachers to continually reflect upon and improve their practice against professional standards to enhance student outcomes.”

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