The College is celebrating wonderful results in Chemistry and Physics in the 2011 Higher School Certificate, with both subjects achieving an average examination mark at least six per cent higher than the state average.
Head of Science, Mr Bruce Cook, said he is delighted by the results, which reflected the boys’ focussed work throughout the year, as well as the tremendous support and guidance from their teachers, Miss Cassandra Aitken, Mr Scott Tibbey and Mr John Cherry.
In Chemistry, 58 per cent of students scored in the top two bands, with six boys achieving Band 6 results and nine scoring Band 5 results. Congratulations go to Bradley McIntyre, who scored the highest examination mark amongst the SJC Chemistry students, with 93 per cent.
Chemistry teacher, Miss Aitken, said the excellent results had been well earned. “The results in Chemistry this year prove that if you work hard and consistently throughout the two years it pays off. Band 6 results were recorded by boys who deserved them, but more importantly, worked extremely hard for them. It is a major achievement and a valid reflection of the hundreds of hours of work put in. I am happy for the boys and proud of what they have achieved.”
In Physics, 65 per cent of students scored in the top two bands, with five boys achieving a Band 6 result and 12 boys a Band 5 result. Christopher White was the top performing student from the College, with an impressive 94 per cent.
Physics teacher Mr Cherry said he was thrilled with the results “After being so involved with the students for such a length of time, I am delighted to see them achieve so highly. Those students who received a Band 6 thoroughly deserved their achievement; however, I am especially proud of the lower ability students. Many have achieved far above expectations, dramatically improving the overall performance for the subject. As a teacher there are few better feelings than to see your students reach, or exceed their potential and I congratulate them all on an outstanding set of results.”
Mr Cook commended the Physics and Chemistry students on their hard work and dedication to their studies throughout the year. “During 2011 the boys consistently approached their teachers with queries and past paper questions for marking and feedback. Many of the boys also attended voluntary Wednesday afternoon study sessions, headed by Mr Tibbey,” he said.
In addition to the strong Chemistry and Physics results, the College is also pleased with the achievements of the Senior Science students. The top student in Senior Science was Amos Bryant, who achieved a Band 6 result with a mark of 93 per cent.
“The results achieved by the boys could not have been achieved without the teaching, support and encouragement from their teachers, who are delighted for the boys and proud of their achievements,” Mr Cook said.
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