St Joseph’s College consistently achieves strong results in the Higher School Certificate across a wide range of subjects. This ongoing success reflects the College’s commitment to providing a balanced and well-rounded education for students.
Since 2009, 19 students have been named in the Top Achiever’s in Course list, with four students achieving first place in a course. Many Joeys graduates gain entry to highly demanding university courses, including medicine, law and veterinary science, based on their HSC results. Each year a number of students are awarded tertiary scholarships to institutions across Australia.
One of the greatest achievements of St Joseph’s College is that boys excel across a very wide range of subject areas in the state-wide examinations. This reflects the College’s success in providing students with a balanced and well-rounded education.
St Joseph’s College celebrated strong HSC results for 2016. There were a number of outstanding individual and group achievements, including one student achieving first place in the state in Mathematics 2 Unit and two more students placing in the top 20 in the state in a subject.
Seven students were named on the HSC All Rounders List for achieving in the top band in 10 or more of their units.
The dux of the College for 2016 was Tarkan Gursel with an ATAR of 99.10. In total, 189 students from St Joseph’s College were eligible for ATARs. To the best of the College’s knowledge, ten per cent of SJC students achieved ATARs above 95 and one-quarter of the cohort achieved ATARs above 90. Approximately half the cohort scored ATARs of 80 or higher, whilst more than 70 per cent of students achieved ATARs above 70.
A total of 194 Year 12 students from St Joseph’s College sat the HSC examinations, along with 13 Year 11 students studying accelerated mathematics and two Year 11 students studying accelerated French Continuers.
Almost two thirds of all exam results were in the top two bands (above 80%) and more than 90% of all exam results were above 70%. In Mathematics Extension 2, Music 1, and French Continuers all students from St Joseph’s College achieved marks greater than 80%.
Exceptionally strong results were achieved in Information Processes and Technology, which scored 15.18% above the state exam mean, Industrial Technology with 14.53% above the state exam mean and all students scoring in the top two bands. Mathematics General 2 was 12.42% above the state mean an Ancient History with 10.28% above the state mean. Other subjects scoring notably higher than the state exam mean were French Continuers (+9.29%), Music 1 (+9.12%), Studies of Religion 2-unit (+8.66%), Mathematics (+8.35%) and Legal Studies (+8.25%).
The College recorded 184 entries from 85 individual students on the Distinguished Achievers List for achieving in the top band in a subject. Mathematics recorded 22 entries on the list, Studies of Religion 1-unit recorded 20 entries and Mathematics General 2 recorded 18 entries.
The College continued its strong reputation for excellence in Visual Arts, with an incredible 12 students nominated for ARTEXPRESS and five selected for the exhibition. One student was successful in being selected for OnSTAGE and three students were nominated for InTech.
A large number of outstanding individual achievements led strong HSC results for the St Joseph’s College’s Class of 2015.
Six students, across seven subjects, achieved in the top 20 in the state in a course, whilst six students were named on the HSC All Rounder’s List for achieving in the top band in 10 or more units. The College recorded 191 entries on the Distinguished Achievers List for students who scored 90% or more in a subject.
A total of 207 students from St Joseph’s sat for the HSC examinations in 2015, along with 14 Accelerated Mathematics students from Year 11. The College’s examination mean was above the state mean in 32 of the 37 courses studied (86.5%).
Music 1 and Ancient History achieved very strong results, with both subjects scoring examination means more than 10% above the state exam mean. Other high achieving courses were Visual Arts (9.82% above state exam mean), Senior Science (9.35% above), Mathematics General 2 (9.22% above) French Continuers (8.92%) English Extension 2 (8.46% above), Modern History (8.28% above), Mathematics Extension 2 (7.44% above) Industrial Technology (6.82% above), Physics (6.33% above) and Geography (6.24% above).
All students in English Extension 1, English Extension 2, French Continuers, French Extension, Latin Continuers, Latin Extension, Mathematics Extension 2, Music 1 and Visual Arts scored examination marks above 80% (Bands 5 and 6), well in excess of the state average for achieving in Bands 5 and 6 these courses.
Studies of Religion 1 Unit received 25 mentions on the Distinguished Achievers List, Mathematics received 20, English Advanced received 15, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics General 2 each received 13, Visual Arts and Modern History each received 10, English Extension 1, Music 1, Business Studies, Ancient History and Studies of Religion 1 2 Unit each received seven mentions on the list.
Five students were nominated for ARTEXPRESS, with three students selected for the exhibition. One student was nominated for Encore and one student was nominated for DesignTECH. Remarkably, Oliver Sumsky was nominated for both ARTEXPRESS (and selected for exhibition) and Encore.
- Six students on Premier’s All Rounder’s Merit List
- Two students placed in the top ten in the state in a course
- Top ATAR – 99.65
- More than one-quarter of all ATARs above 90
- Almost half the cohort named on Distinguished Achievers List
- 90% of all courses above the state average
The Year 12 class of 2014 at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill, achieved very strong results in the HSC, with more than one-quarter of the cohort achieving an ATAR greater than 90.
The group was led by dux of the College, Dominic Kocx, with an ATAR of 99.65. Dominic’s HSC program of study comprised English Advanced, English Extension 1, Ancient History, Studies of Religion II (in which he placed ninth in the state), French Continuers and French Extension and he sat for Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1 examinations in Year 11 as an accelerated student. Whilst at the College Dominic was a keen and successful public speaker and debater.
Also scoring an ATAR above 99 was Nicholas Rainnie who achieved an ATAR of 99.05. The third highest performing student was Nicholas Dunn with an ATAR of 98.65.
With more than one in four St Joseph’s College students achieving an ATAR of 90 or higher, the results reflect the College’s dedicated focus on encouraging and assisting each student to work to reach his potential in all his courses.
Six students were named on the Premier’s All Rounder’s Merit List for scoring above 90% in ten or more units. These students are:
- Nicholas Dunn (10 units above 90%)
- Jack Gohl (10 units above 90%)
- Calum James (10 units above 90%)
- Dominic Kocx (13 units above 90%)
- Akshat Marwah (10 units above 90%)
- Nicholas Rainnie (12 units above 90%)
Almost half the 2014 cohort, including all of the Year 11 accelerated Mathematics students, were named on the Distinguished Achievers List. Two students were named on the Top Achievers List for placing in the top ten in the state in a course. Dominic Kocx was ranked ninth in the state in Studies of Religion 2 unit and Charles O’Halloran was ninth in the state in Business Studies.
Headmaster of St Joseph’s College, Mr Ross Tarlinton, said the results were excellent, especially for a comprehensive (non-selective) school that balances a very full program comprising academic, co-curricular, faith and social justice elements. “I believe the depth and breadth of these HSC achievements are just one of the many positive outcomes of this program,” he said. “We were thrilled at the large number of very high achieving students in the 2014 HSC. The boys worked extremely hard and their commitment and determination was rewarded with excellent results across a very broad range of subjects.”
A number of students were recognised by nomination and selection for the annual HSC showcases and exhibitions. Seven Visual Arts students had their HSC Body of Work nominated for ARTEXPRESS, with four being selected for the exhibition. The works of Jack Larkins, Jordan Goren, Maxwell Behan, Jake Breen, William Canning, Nicholas Garrick and Matte Ager-McConnell received nominations, with Jordan, Maxwell, Jake and William selected for exhibition. One Music student, Jake Finnane, was nominated for Encore.
St Joseph’s College is celebrating excellent results in the 2013 Higher School Certificate, with some of the strongest group performances in a decade.
Four students on Premier’s All Rounder’s Merit List
Almost half the cohort named on Distinguished Achievers List
More than 86% of all courses above the state average
Almost 60% of all results above 80%
Strong results in Mathematics and the Sciences
Four students were named on the Premier’s All Rounder’s Merit List for scoring above 90% in ten or more units.
Aidan McLachlan (11 units above 90%)
Patrick Sutton (11 units above 90%)
Alexander Diab (10 units above 90%)
Alexander Walsh (10 units above 90%)
Almost half the 2013 cohort was named on the Distinguished Achievers List (for achieving 90% or more in a subject), with the College achieving 162 entries from 78 students.
More than 57% of all results achieved at St Joseph’s College were above 80% (in Bands 5 and 6) and more than 85% of all results were above 70% (Bands 4, 5 and 6). In extension courses, almost 86% of all results were in the top two bands.
More than 86% of HSC courses studied at St Joseph’s College in 2013 recorded average marks above the state examination mean. Particularly strong results were achieved in Ancient History, which recorded an average mark more than 10% higher than the state average, and Geography, with an average mark almost 10% higher than the state average.
Studies of Religion 2, Engineering Studies, General Mathematics, Senior Science and Chemistry all recorded average marks between 8% and 9% higher than the state average.
Mathematics again proved strong at the College this year.
Mathematics – 32% of students in the top band (Band 6);
Mathematics Extension – 36% of students in the top band;
Mathematics Extension 2 – 27% of students in the top band.
The students also performed well in the sciences, with almost a quarter of all science results (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Senior Science) above 90%.
A total of 15 courses saw all students record marks above 70%. These subjects were Chemistry, Design and Technology, Drama, Engineering Studies, English Advanced, English Extension 2, Information Processes and Technology, Japanese Extension, Latin Continuers, Latin Extension, Mathematics Extension 2, Music 1, Senior Science, Studies of Religion 2 Unit and Visual Arts. In Latin Extension 100% of candidates achieved in the top band.
SHOWCASES AND EXHIBITIONS
A number of students were recognised by nomination and selection for the annual HSC showcases and exhibitions. Four students, Andrew Deegan, Edward Upjohn, Jack Pixley and Vincent Barwick, were shortlisted for ARTEXPRESS, with Andrew Deegan and Jack Pixley’s works selected for the exhibition.
Two students, Alexander Pritchard and Nicholas Keighley, were shortlisted for DesignTECH and one student, Nicholas Orman, was shortlisted for InTech. Kieran Tate was nominated for consideration for inclusion in OnStage for his Drama individual performance.
Headmaster of St Joseph’s College, Mr Ross Tarlinton, said the College is delighted at the boys’ results. “The boys are to be congratulated on achieving such excellent results. It is very pleasing to see their hard work, and the work of their teachers and families, rewarded with these achievements,” he said.
“To see our boys achieve high results across such a broad range of subjects is a true credit to them and their teachers. They worked extremely hard to realise their potential and I sincerely congratulate them.”
Strong individual and group achievements led the way for pleasing HSC results for the Class of 2012 at St Joseph’s College.
The Year 12 students performed strongly across a very wide range of subjects, with St Joseph’s recording an average examination mark higher than the state mean in 95 per cent of the 40 courses studied at the College this year.
Six students were named on the Premier’s All Rounder’s Merit List for achieving 90 per cent or above (Band 6 / E4) in 10 or more units. These students are:
- Oliver Coorey (14 units above 90%)
- Edmund Dwyer (10 units above 90%)
- Hamish Elliot (11 units above 90%)
- Matthew Hall (11 units above 90%)
- Michael Lawler (10 units above 90%)
- Henry Maher (12 units above 90%)
Year 11 student, Paul Fortuin, who took part in the accelerated Mathematics program, placed ninth in the state in Mathematics 2 Unit and was named on the Top Achievers in Course Merit List.
72 students were named on the Distinguished Achievers List for scoring 90% or more in a subject. Subjects with the highest number of students on the list were Mathematics (28 students), English – Advanced (17), Mathematics – General (11), Studies of Religion1 (10), Mathematics Extension 1 (10), Studies of Religion 2 (9), Visual Arts (7) and Ancient History (7).
Results in English courses (the only mandatory course in the HSC) and Mathematics were very pleasing.
In English – Advanced 100% of students achieved a mark of 70 or greater (Band 4), while in English – Standard 69% of students achieved a mark of 70 or greater. In English – Extension 1, 93% of students achieved in the top two bands (E3-E4) and in English – Extension 2, 75% of students achieved in the top two bands.
In General Mathematics, 78% of students achieved a course mark of 70 or above (compared to 51% in the state) and in Mathematics, 70% of students scored a course mark of 80 or greater (compared to 52% in the state). In Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Extension 2, 100% of students scored in the top two bands.
More than 55% of all 2 unit results were above 80 (Bands 5-6) and more than 85% of results were marks of 70% or greater (Bands 4-6). Almost a quarter of all extension results were greater than 90% (45 out of 50 – Band E4).
11 courses saw 100% of candidates achieve a mark of 70 or more (Band 4 – Band 6): Design and Technology (21 students); Drama (6), English – Advanced (87), Engineering Studies (10); Music 1 (3), Music 2 (2), Visual Arts (27), French Continuers (4); Japanese Continuers (3); Latin Continuers (2), Primary Industries Examination (7).
In 2012 16 Year 11 students participated in the Accelerated class in Mathematics and Mathematics – Extension 1. In the Accelerated Mathematics class, fifteen students achieved Band 6 results (over 90) in the 2 Unit Mathematics course and eight students achieved Band E4 results (over 45 out of 50), with eight students achieving Band E3 results in the Mathematics Extension 1 course.
In Studies of Religion 2 unit 97% of students achieving a Band 4 or greater and in Studies of Religion 1 unit, more than 71% of students achieved Band 4 or greater.
SHOWCASES AND EXHIBITIONS
Four students had their HSC Visual Arts Body of Work nominated for ArtExpress – James Allan, Aaron Curtis, Zachariah Guilfoyle and James Quinn, with James Allan selected for exhibition.
Declan O’Donahue’s major Industrial Technology project was pre-selected for InTECH 2012.
- Six students with ATARs above 99
- Six students on Premier’s All Rounders List
- Approximately 30 per cent of cohort score an ATAR above 90
- Five students in top ten in state in a course
- Students selected for ARTEXPRESS and DesignTECH
Students and staff at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill are celebrating very strong Higher School Certificate results, with six students scoring Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks (ATAR) above 99 and five students achieving in the top ten in the state in one of their courses.
Timothy Coorey (Oatlands) was named the provisional Dux of the College with an ATAR of 99.85 (this is pending the release of further results in the near future). At the time of writing, the College has been notified of a total of 30 students who scored an ATAR above 95 and 50 students (out of a cohort of 183) who scored an ATAR above 90. The represents approximately 30 per cent of the 2010 Year 12 cohort.
Six students were named on the Premier’s All Rounders Merit List for scoring above 90 in 10 or more units and five students were ranked in the top ten in the state for one of their courses. Nicholas Needs (South West Rocks) scored the fourth highest mark in the state in Studies of Religion 2, Jack Breislin (Willoughby) was third in Design and Technology and Timothy Coorey (Oatlands) placed fifth in the state in Latin Continuers. In Studies of Religion 1 John Colgan (Strathfield) was eighth and Joseph McDonald (Gerroa) was tenth.
Headmaster of St Joseph’s College, Mr Ross Tarlinton, said the results are extremely pleasing for the students and the College. “These results are truly excellent and once again show that the college helps students excel across the curriculum – not just in one or two subjects. To have approximately 30 per cent of the year group gain an ATAR over 90 is fantastic.”
“We were very excited to learn we had five boys who ranked in the top ten in the state in one of their courses. This is outstanding, especially for a school that is not academically-selective, and reflects the first-class education St Joseph’s College provides.”
A number of students at St Joseph’s were recognised for their outstanding achievements in HSC Visual Arts and Design and Technology. In Visual Arts three students had their work preselected for ARTEXPRESS, the renowned annual showcase of exemplary artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in Visual Arts. Of these nominations the works of two students, Frederick Kareh (Bellevue Hill) and Joshua Anderson (Burraneer), were selected for exhibition.
In Design and Technology five were preselected for DesignTECH, the annual exhibition of outstanding Major Design projects from HSC Design and Technology students. Of these nominations one student, Timothy Cullen (Wahroonga), was selected for exhibition.
Mr Tarlinton congratulated the boys on their nominations and selections. “It is an enormous task for students to create works of such a high standard while also managing all their other studies. These eight students are to be congratulated on both their effort and their success. I also thank and congratulate their teachers, who played a key role in guiding and encouraging the boys while preparing for the HSC during Years 11 and 12.”
Of all two unit courses studied at the College in 2010, 54 per cent of all results were marks of 80 per cent or greater (Bands 5 and 6). In Extension courses, more than 92 per cent of all results were in the top two bands (E3 and E4). Almost 90 per cent of the 40 different courses offered by St Joseph’s recorded an average mark above the state mean.
Thirteen courses recorded exam means five or more marks greater than the state examination mean. Particularly strong results were recorded in Ancient History (13.13 marks above the state mean), Studies of Religion II (12.09 marks above the state mean), Design and Technology (10.06 marks above the state mean), Senior Science (9.77 marks above the state mean) and Agriculture (8.90 marks above the state mean).
The College achieved excellent results in English (the only mandatory course in the HSC) with all courses achieving above the state mean. The most demanding English courses performed exceptionally, with 99 per cent of students studying English – Advanced achieving a mark of 70 or more (Band 4 or above), 96 per cent of students studying English – Extension 1 achieving a course mark greater than 35 out of 50 and 100 per cent of students studying English – Extension 2 achieving a course mark greater than 35 out of 50.