Posted on December 25, 2017
St Joseph’s College has a proud history of striving for academic excellence, a principle embedded in the College prayer ± in meliora contende or strive for better things. The class of 2017 have taken up this quest in producing a fine set of HSC results, representing a core component of their varied and collective achievements. In true Marist tradition, these successes were realised with humility and a love of hard work.
- 196 St Joseph’s College students sat for the HSC in 2017. Of these students:
- Thomas McGregor was Dux of the College with an ATAR of 99.95 (maximum possible ATAR).
- A record 9 students were acknowledged in the All-Rounder’s List, scoring a Band 6 (90 or above) or E4 (45 or more) in 10 or more units.
- 3 students were named in the Top Achievers list, with State rankings by Finnegan Waugh in Chinese Beginners (1st in State), alongside Thomas McGregor and Thomas O’Sullivan in Studies of Religion 2-Unit (2nd and 4th respectively).
Striving for Academic Excellence
- An impressive 19.1% of all HSC results achieved were Band 6/E4, represented by 215 entries in this top band of achievement. The College improved their SMH State Ranking by 11 places in 2017.
- Impressive gains were made by students at a range of achievement levels, with 89% of the examination results Band 4 or above.
- In Studies of Religion 2-Unit, 28% of the results were Band 6 entries, 4 times the State Average percentage.
- The Visual Arts Department, working collaboratively with students, achieved Band 6 entries for 54% of their students. 8 students were nominated for ArtExpress, with 3 being selected for display.
- In Advanced Mathematics (2-Unit), 46% of the 74 students attained a Band 6 result.
- In Modern History, almost 1 in 4 students achieved a Band 6 outcome (23%), approximately 3 times the State Average.
- 4 students were nominated for Shape (InTech) Design, including 2 from Design and Technology and 2 from Industrial Technology – Metal. Lucas Riebolge was selected for display in 2018.
- A notable 28 students (40%) in the Extension courses achieved an E4 (top band) outcome.
- Subjects where 100% of students achieved Bands 5-6 included: English Extension 1, English Extension 2, French Continuers, French Extension, Japanese Extension, Latin Continuers Latin Extension, Mathematics Extension 2 and Music 2.
The collective striving for excellence is a key feature of the academic journey at St Joseph’s College. Indeed, this collaboration is highlighted by hard working staff and students working side by side throughout the extended school day and, on many occasions, during evening study and weekends. The HSC results, for the class of 2017, were a culmination of this team approach, as a springboard to the next stage of their (lifelong) learning.
Three placements in the Top Achievers List
Finnegan Waugh -1st Place in State in Chinese Beginners
Thomas McGregor – 2nd Place in State in Studies of Religion 2 Unit
Thomas O’Sullivan – 4th Place in State in Studies of Religion 2 Unit
Nine students on the All Rounder’s Merit List
(for achieving a Band 6 / E4 in 10 or more of their units)