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.