Dux of St Joseph’s College – Tarkan Gursel

Posted on December 16, 2016

The dux of St Joseph’s College for 2016 is Tarkan Gursel with an ATAR of 99.10.

Tarkan, from Henley, was a weekly boarder at St Joseph’s. His HSC program of study comprised English Advanced, English Extension 1, Chemistry, Physics and Studies of Religion 2-unit. He also completed Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1 as an accelerated student in Year 11. This year Tarkan was awarded The Brother Wilbred Staunton Memorial Prize for Chemistry, The Dr Raymond Allsopp Memorial Prize for Physics, The GPS Old Boys’ Union Award for Commitment to Study and Life at the College and a Headmaster’s Award for Academic Excellence. Tarkan also represented the College in rugby and tennis.

Headmaster of St Joseph’s College, Ross Tarlinton, said Tarkan’s achievements were extremely well deserved. “To be awarded dux of St Joseph’s College is an honour that has to be truly worked for,” he said. “Tarkan is an outstanding student who applied himself across all areas of his study. He consistently gave 100 per cent effort and his work has been rewarded with this excellent result. I congratulate Tarkan, as well as his family and teachers, and wish him well for his future.”

ATAR achievements

In total, 189 students from St Joseph’s College were eligible for ATARs. At the time of writing, 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.

Timothy Barron from Maroubra achieved the College’s second highest ATAR of 98.75, whilst the third highest ATAR was scored by Patrick O’Farrell from Longueville with 98.65. Both Timothy and Patrick were weekly boarders at the College. Lachlan Cumming, a full boarding student from East Tamworth, achieved the fourth highest ATAR of 98.45.

Mr Tarlinton, said the College was delighted at the graduates’ very strong results and congratulated them on their achievements.

“One in four of our students scored an ATAR above 90 – this is an outstanding result, especially for a non-academically selective school that caters to boys with a wide range of talents and abilities.”

“At St Joseph’s we strive to help boys achieve their potential in all aspects of their lives so they graduate as well-rounded, accomplished young men. The students balance a very full program comprising academic, co-curricular, faith and social justice elements and it is a credit to them and their families and teachers that they have achieved such excellent results.”

“We are all very proud of the class of 2016. They made a remarkable contribution to the life and spirit of the College and we warmly congratulate them on their success.”