Our HSC students are high achievers

Students from our schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle have achieved some outstanding results in this year’s HSC.

There was one student in the First in Course list, seven in the All Rounders and 146 in the Distinguished Achievers lists.

Clayton Carlon from All Saints’ College, St Mary’s Campus, Maitland achieved First in Course in New South Wales for Industrial Technology. His achievement attracted the attention of the Newcastle Herald which reported: “For his major project, he built a basic eight-bit computer featuring circuit boards he had designed.”

On the All Rounders list there were five students from All Saints’ College, Maitland and two students from St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton. They were:

  • Jasmine Sullivan - St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton
  • Hannah Hickey - St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton
  • Lily Cains - All Saints' College, Maitland
  • Clayton Carlon - All Saints' College, Maitland
  • Sophia Derkenne - All Saints' College, Maitland
  • Bradley Montroy - All Saints' College, Maitland
  • Sydney Slade -All Saints' College, Maitland

On the list of students who achieved band 6 results there were 29 students from St Catherine's Catholic College, Singleton, 34 students from All Saints’ College, 37 from St Francis Xavier’s College, 21 from St Joseph’s High School, Aberdeen, 21 from St Clare's High School, Taree and 17 students from St Paul’s Catholic College, Booragul.

“The HSC is a stepping stone for all students and I am confident that students who have completed their HSC will have bright futures,” said Gerard Mowbray, Acting Director of the Catholic Schools Office.

“Research released earlier this year showed that those who went to Catholic schools seem to have an advantage in the jobs market.

“The Australian Bureau of Statistics examined people who were in Year 11 or Year 12 in 2011, and then tracked what they were doing in 2016. There were 514,000 Year 11 and 12 students in 2011 and most had a job in 2016.

“The research showed that those educated at a Catholic secondary school were more likely to be employed five years later (with 76.7 per cent in a job) compared with 68.5 per cent for public schools and 71.9 per cent for non-Catholic private schools.

Gerard congratulated all the students who completed their HSC.

“All students are wholly deserving of our congratulations and recognition of a significant accomplishment completed.

“One of the indicators of HSC success is an ability for students in our schools to be among the highest achievers in New South Wales.

“The students who attain state rankings, who are on Distinguished Achievers lists and are among the State’s All-Rounders for attaining a Band 6 in 10 units of study consolidate the outstanding academic attainment by students across the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

“We wish them all successful pathways for the next phase of their lives.”

Photo by Alphonse Fok.

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