Celebrating academic excellence in our diocese

Students from across the diocese have been recognised for achieving outstanding academic results in 2017. Before family, friends, principals and CSO staff, students were presented with trophies for excelling in the areas of Religious Literacy, Studies of Religion, Industrial Technology, General Mathematics and Construction Examination. Awards were also presented to the top achievers in the diocese and the HSC diocesan Dux.

Religious Literacy Year 6 Equal first place in diocese Sophia Bechly & Samuel Bottom: St Therese’s Primary, New Lambton

Most outstanding all round primary school performance St Patrick’s Primary, Cessnock

Religious Literacy Year 10 Equal first place in diocese Polytra Liufalani & Claudia Minter: All Saints’ College, Maitland

Most outstanding all round secondary school performance St Pius X High School, Adamstown

Studies of Religion 1 Unit Diocesan first in course Olivia McEnerny: St Paul’s Catholic College, Booragul

Studies of Religion 2 Unit Diocesan equal first in course Carmel Hall: All Saints’ College, Maitland Megan Purkiss: St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton Lara Duggan: St Paul’s Catholic College, Booragul

Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards in NSW Best in State Thomas Howlett: St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton – Fifth in State for Industrial Technology Lachlan Tolomeo: St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton – Fourth in State for Mathematics General Lachlan Davies: All Saints’ College, Maitland – Third in State for Construction Examination

Top 4 Academic Achievers in the diocese Megan Purkiss: St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton – ATAR: 98.30 Alexander Edwards: St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton – ATAR: 98.65 Vincent Bush: St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton – ATAR: 98.85

Diocesan Dux – 2017 HSC Connor McRae: St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton – ATAR: 98.95

Catholic Studies - 44/50 English – 89/100 – Diocesan Equal First in Course Mathematics Extension 1 – 99/100 - Diocesan Equal First in Course Mathematics Extension 2 – 94/100 Physics – 93/100 - Diocesan First in Course Biology – 93/100              

Connor reflects on his schooling years as a time filled with hard work, amazing experiences and new opportunities, all shared with great people.

“As I prepared for my final exams which would be so instrumental in determining my future I remained very focused and worked tirelessly with some early morning starts, late nights and weekends devoted to revision and study.

“I understood the importance of always maintaining a very strong work ethic and remained self-motivated throughout the whole year. I successfully managed a study/life balance with a part-time job, tutoring and training daily,” he said.

Connor hopes to pursue a career in the field of statistical work and mathematics and this year begins a Bachelor of Mathematics at the University of Newcastle.

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Gabrielle Sutherland is the Communications Officer - Content for the Catholic Schools Office and regular contributor to mnnews.today.

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