Year 11 student Finnegan Waugh tops HSC mathematics

Posted on December 14, 2016

Not only did 16-year-old Finnegan Waugh sit his HSC mathematics exam when he was in year 11, he also topped the state.

Finn, from Clovelly, is a Year 11 boarder at St Joseph’s College. In Year 10 he chose to participate in the school’s accelerated mathematics program, which prepares mathematically gifted students to sit for their HSC maths exam 12 months early. All students in the class studied both the two-unit mathematics course and mathematics extension 1.

Finn’s teacher, Magdy Habib, described him as an incredibly bright young man who has dedicated himself to achieving excellent results. “Across the five assessment examinations leading up to the HSC exam Finn only lost one mark,” said Mr Habib. “This year’s accelerated mathematics class had 13 very talented and hard working students who pushed one another in class. They were never content with anything less than their best.”

“Throughout the course Finn was always humble, polite, hardworking and generous to his peers when presenting a solution,” said Mr Habib.

Headmaster of St Joseph’s College, Ross Tarlinton, said the College was thrilled by Finn’s success. “More than 16,500 students sat the two-unit mathematics examination in this year’s HSC. Placing equal first is an exceptional achievement, even more so for a student who is only in Year 11 and is committed to a number of demanding extra-curricular activities.”

This year Finn was awarded the College’s prize for mathematics and shared the prize for mathematics extension 1. He was a member of the College’s second debating team and third XI football team. With his mathematics examinations done one year early, Finn will have more time in 2017 to focus on his remaining HSC courses, which include English – advanced, Japanese extension, Chinese beginners and Catholic studies. 

Photo: Finn with his dad, Mark Waugh.