Joeys strives ahead with 2018 HSC results

Posted on December 19, 2018

“Love what you do, choose to be positive and make a difference”. These 2018 HSC results are the fulfilment of the advice that was so beautifully delivered by Mrs Gail Kelly, former Westpac CEO, at the Academic Prize Giving Evening held at the start of the year.
The Class of 2018 were generous of spirit and energetic in their pursuit of academic excellence. Indeed, their collaborative and engaged approach to learning exemplify the Marist values of family spirit and love of work, in congruence with Mrs Kelly’s life maxim. The fine HSC outcomes also shine the spotlight on the leveraging of individual strengths, with diverse achievements ranging from State rankings in Latin Extension, Studies of Religion 2 and Modern History, through to multiple nominations and selections for exhibitions in the creative arts and technology subjects.
205 St Joseph’s College students sat for the HSC in 2018. Of these students:
  • Three scholars and great friends, extraordinarily, achieved the same outstanding ATAR of 99.75 – with Thomas Ryan, Luke Dolin and John Salvaris sharing the Dux of the College Prize. Additionally, Gabriel McLachlan and 
    David Mulherin attained ATARs above 99.
  • An impressive seven students were acknowledged in the All Rounders’ List, scoring the highest band result in 10 or more units. These students include: Aston Buffier, William Burton, Luke Dolin, Oliver Duffy, Gabriel McLachlan, David Mulherin and Thomas Ryan.
  • Four students were named in the Top Achievers’ list, with State placements for Luke Dolin (3rd Place Latin Extension), Connor Lovely (7th Place Modern History), John Salvaris (3rd Place Studies of Religion 2) and Douglas Stuart-Brookes (9th Place Studies of Religion 2).

Highlights in Striving for Academic Excellence:

  • A significant 17.50% of all HSC results were Band 6 (90 or above in a 2-unit subject) or E4 (45 or above out of 50 in an Extension subject), represented by 202 entries.
  • 26% of eligible students received an ATAR above 90, with approximately 13% above 95.
  • Significant gains were made by students at a range of achievement levels, with 87% of the examination results Band 4 or above.
  • In Ancient History, students scored an incredible 12.79 marks above the State HSC Examination Average and 46% of students attained a Band 6. Similarly, in Modern History, the HSC Examination average was 9.40 marks above the State Average, with 29% of candidates recording a Band 6. 
  • In Studies of Religion I, 21% of the results were Band 6 entries, almost 3 times the State Average percentage, and 20% of Studies of Religion 2 students attained a Band 6.
  • The 98-strong cohort in Mathematics General 2 attained an HSC Examination Average 8.61 marks above the State Average. Whilst, in Mathematics 2 unit, 41% of candidates attained a Band 6 result, including the vast majority of the Year 11 Accelerated class. 
  • In the demanding Science discipline of Physics, 29% recorded Band 6 results and performed 9.34 marks above the overall State Examination Average. This 29% figure was matched by Chemistry students, which was 3 times the State Average Band 6 entries. 
  • In the cut and thrust of Legal Studies, 33% of students produced top band outcomes, with an equally impressive HSC Examination Average of 7.93 marks above the State. 
  • An outstanding achievement in the creative arts, with 5 of the 7 Music I students attaining Band 6 results and 2 out of 3 performing in the highest band for both Music 2 and Music Extension. Ananya Bhindi, Angus McDonald and Harry Rice-Rickman were nominated for ENCORE, a selection of performances and compositions from HSC Music students. In Drama, similar outcomes were attained, with 4 out of the 7 students performing to the Band 6 standard. 
  • In Industrial Technology, comprising the strands of Multimedia, Timber and Metal, the average HSC Examination Mark was 8.34 above the State Average. The following students were nominated for InTech, the annual exhibition of outstanding Major Projects developed by HSC Industrial Technology students: Charles Davis, Thomas Eveleigh, Tobias McGrath, Hugh O’Leary, Thomas Quinn and Jake SevilBenjamin Sevil was nominated and selected for InTech 2019. 
  • Tahi Fiu was nominated for Shape, the annual exhibition of a selection of exemplary Major Projects developed by HSC Design and Technology students. 
  • In Visual Arts, 33% of students produced Band 6 performances, expertly balancing the written and practical components. The varied contributions of Ethan Cutler, Oliver O’Kane, Campbell Orton and Jet Williams yielded nominations for Art Express, while Angus Bick, Thomas Hewson, Kai Jadwat and Nicholas Radford were selected for exhibition in 2019. 
  • Subjects where 100% of students achieved Bands 5 or 6 include: English Extension 1, English Extension 2, French Extension, Japanese Extension, Latin Extension, Mathematics Extension 2, Music 1, Music 2, and Music Extension.  
The HSC outcomes, for the class of 2018, rather than signalling an end point for students, represent the beginning of the next stage of learning in how to “make a difference” in the lives of others in the wider community. Whilst many fine educators played a role in these achievements, over many years, significant gratitude must be extended to the educational leaders and HSC teachers for 2018. Their leadership and expertise helped form purposeful partnerships with students and their families, a working alliance that will undoubtedly have enduring impacts.
Matthew Bookallil
Director of Teaching and Learning