HSC High Achievers Assembly 2019

This morning we welcomed back our outstanding High Achievers from the 2018 Higher School Certificate. It is a tradition at the College at the start of each academic year to recognise the exceptional performances of the previous HSC cohort.

This year we had much to celebrate with the College recognised as the leading Catholic Systemic High School in the Archdiocese. The College was placed 77th in the 2018 HSC rankings and was named as the most improved school over the past five years.

Our 2018 HSC class was a cohort of 91 young women and 92% of the courses they studied were above state average. We are proud to report that 100% of the 2 unit courses were above state average. In total, our students achieved 79 Band 6 performances and 31 of our students made the Distinguished Achievers List. Two students made the All Rounders list – Jeylan Riza and Madeleine Radoczy achieving Band 6 in all of their subjects.

Furthermore, Rose O’Shanassy achieved first place in Food Technology across the Sydney Archdiocese. Seventeen girls achieved an ATAR of 90 or higher, the highest ATAR achieved was 97.95 by Katherine Darby – outstanding! We are very proud to officially declare Katherine Darby as the Dux of St Clare’s College for 2018. Congratulations!

We also had a nomination and selection for Artexpress – Ayva Tierney whose work is at this moment hanging in the NSW Art Gallery, a nomination for Encore – Giselle Tarimo, and three nominations for Shape – Fiona Bakis, Jacqueline O’Sullivan and Luella White.

In essence, ARTEXPRESS, Encore and Shape exhibitions feature a very small selection of exceptional student major works, which are developed as part of the practical component of the HSC examination. These provide insight into the students’ creativity. Only about 2% of student works are actually selected and displayed in these exhibitions across NSW. This is an outstanding achievement not only to be nominated but also to make selection.

It was wonderful to see so many of the High Achievers return to the College to celebrate their success. We thank our Poor Clare Sisters, Dr Dan White – Executive Director Sydney Catholic Schools, Elizabeth O’Carrigan – Eastern Region, Regional Director and Phil Gane – Eastern Region Senior Regional Consultant, for their presence and their ongoing support of the College.


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