HSC Awards Ceremony 2023

The 2023 HSC Awards Ceremony was a joyous occasion, as we celebrated the academic and vocational achievements of 20 outstanding students.

Family, friends, teachers, and principals gathered in the Victor Peter Suite on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the dedication and hard work of the 2023 HSC award recipients. The 20 students from across seven different schools in the Diocese were congratulated on their outstanding results by Steve Lemos, Head of Catholic Schools, and the wider school community. A highlight of the ceremony was Diocesan Dux recipient Jack Breasley’s eloquent speech, reflecting on his experiences throughout the intense HSC period. Congratulations to our students on their achievements, and best wishes for the future!

Below are the names of the award winners. Scroll down for photos from the ceremony.


All Saints' College, Maitland

Arianwen Dastoor            Top in State Award: 7th Place - Drama
                                            Outstanding Academic Achievement Award

Ryan Hodges                     Top in State Award: 3rd Place - Drama
                                            Outstanding Academic Achievement Award


St Catherine's Catholic College, Singleton

Chloe Brackenrig               RE Literacy Year 10

Phoebe Gunn                     RE Literacy Year 10


St Columba's Primary School, Adamstown

Dylan Turner                      RE Literacy Year 6


St Francis Xavier's College, Hamilton

Emily Hayes                       Studies of Religion II

Violet Cowie                       Studies of Religion II

Ella Cupitt                           Top in State Award: 5th Place - French Beginners

Kate Morrissey                   Studies of Religion II

Sophia Bechly                     Outstanding Academic Achievement Award

Jack Breasley                      Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Diocesan Dux

Elijah Ison                           Outstanding Academic Achievement Award



St Joseph's College, Lochinvar

Joseph Goodwin                Vocational Education and Training Student of the Year 2023

Bella Linton-Hall                Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Studies of Religion II


St Mary's Catholic College, Gateshead

Bronte Carrigan                 Outstanding Academic Achievement Award

Ben Dezelak                       Studies of Religion II

Lachlan Macnamara         Top in State Award: 1st Place - Community and Family Studies

Tia Pezet                             Studies of Religion I

Sharlah Ticehurst              Top in State Award: 1st Place - Retail Services Examination


St Pius X High School, Adamstown

Sebastian Kalarickal          RE Literacy Year 10

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