Sydney Catholic Schools show excellence in 2018 HSC

St Clare’s College HSC high achievers celebrated their results at school on 14 December. Photo: Kimberley Freed

Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) has had another year of excellent growth in HSC results, with six schools among the top 100 in NSW and students well represented among the top 20 performers in core English and Mathematics courses.

SCS students achieved four of the top 20 places, including first place, in English Standard from among more than 31,000 candidates. The course has the second highest candidature of any in NSW. Two of the top 20 places in English Advanced were also awarded to SCS students from a field of more than 26, 200 students.

Four of the top 20 places in Mathematics, including first place, were awarded to SCS Students.

Almost half of all of Sydney Catholic secondary schools were named in The Sydney Morning Herald’s ranking of the top 150 schools.

Six were in the top 100:

  • St Clare’s College Waverley
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College Kensington
  • St Ursula’s College Kingsgrove
  • St Mary’s Cathedral College Sydney
  • Bethany College Hurstville
  • Freeman Catholic College Bonnyrigg

Young women led the charge in HSC results growth with the three top performing schools. St Clare’s climbed to 77th place from a 2017 ranking of 167th. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart moved significant 152 places to rank 82nd in the state.

Analysis of 2018 HSC data also shows more than 80% of 2 Unit courses are above the state average (the highest yet), while for the extension courses SCS climbed 2.1% from last year’s results to 60% of courses above state average.

The comprehensive nature of subjects where students have made the top achievers list is a great indicator of the diversity of education options for students at Sydney Catholic schools.

– Jan Stewart

Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools Dr Dan White praised students for their dedication to their HSC studies, and teachers for their support and commitment to nurturing the wellbeing and potential of their students.

“As a system of academically rigorous and faith-based comprehensive schools, we are exceptionally proud of the tremendous growth our Year 12 graduates have displayed personally and academically throughout the year,” he said.

“Results such as these are also a strong example of the growth that occurs when teachers are supported to develop professionally and embrace the challenge to reflect upon their practice to improve student outcomes.”

Sydney Catholic Schools’ Head of Secondary Curriculum, Jan Stewart, said schools had been well represented in the top achievers list across a range of subjects, from Mathematics and English to Vocational Education courses.

“The comprehensive nature of subjects where students have made the top achievers list is a great indicator of the diversity of education options for students at Sydney Catholic schools and the quality of teaching in our system,” she said. “Their results are a testament to the students’ hard work and commitment.”

Marist College Eastwood’s Andrew Cantrill (far right) achieved 2nd in Mathematics Extension 1 and 8th in Mathematics Extension 2. He is pictured with fellow all-round achievers from the college. Photo: Erica Morse.

HSC highlights

  • Four students achieved a First in Course award (Mathematics, English Standard, Community and Family Studies and Business Services Examination)
  • Four of the top 20 places in English Standard and two of the top 20 places in English Advanced were awarded to SCS students.
  • Four of the top 20 places in Mathematics were awarded to SCS Students
  • 45% of Sydney Catholic secondary schools were named in The Sydney Morning Herald’s ranking of the top 150 schools.
  • SCS VET students have achieved first place in a HSC examination for 12 of the past 13 years.
  • The percentage of SCS courses above the state average grew from 72.8% in 2016 to 78.4% in 2018.

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