HSC high achievers recognised

Central Coast Grammar School’s Zoe MitchellCentral Coast Grammar School’s Zoe Mitchell

High school leavers from across the Central Coast have breathed a collective sigh of relief with the publishing of the 2018 HSC results on December 13.

Schools from the former Gosford LGA dominated the Coast’s rankings, with Erina Heights’ based Central Coast Grammar School (CCGS) being the Coast’s highest ranked school, at 56th in the top 200 across the state. Gosford Selective High School was the only other school on the Coast to make the top 200, coming in at 58th. Individually, students also excelled, with all 15 all-round achievers (students that scored a Band 6 or Band E4 in 10 or more of their HSC units of study) from schools in the former Gosford LGA.

Class of 2018 all-round achievers included: Gosford High School’s, Noah Berry, Nguyen Lan D’Arcy, Seung joo Lee, Samuel Schmaltz, Mitchell Sigley and Tsung-Lin Jarren Wu. CCGS’s all-round achievers were, Emily Brooks, Emelia Corlett, Emma Farncomb, Elena Khoury, Zoe Mitchell, Indigo Neville and Jake Vernon-Elliot. Green Point Christian College’s all-round achiever was Amelia Ferry and St Joseph’s Catholic College’s was Hana Fisher. CCGS’s Zoe Mitchell also topped the state in the Society and Culture Unit, no small feat, having to outperform 4,500 other students to be named first in course. CCGS’s, Jake Vernon-Elliot, also recorded a phenomenal result placing second in the state in the Biology Unit. CCGS’s Head of Senior College, Denise McDonough, applauded students on their outstanding achievements across all subject areas.

“It’s been an honour to watch our students work collaboratively and with their teachers, towards realising their academic goals. “Equally important, was the students’ tremendous positive spirit, cohesion and resilience. “These important life skills are a testament to their character, which will serve them well in the future. “These exceptional results are a wonderful reflection of the significant time, effort and determination of each and every one of our students. “They should be immensely proud of their achievements and confident to now begin their lives outside of school, taking with them a wealth of knowledge, experience and the continued support of the school community,” McDonough said. Gosford High School Principal, Tony Rudd, also extended his congratulations to students who excelled in this year’s HSC.

“Heartfelt congratulations to our Year 12 students on their fantastic and well earned ATARs. “Special mention to Mitchell Sigley, Lachlan Blake and Josh Cesca (all 99.35), Ellie Cooper (99.30) and Jarren Wu (99.25) for their efforts. “We now have a three-way tie for 2018 Dux. “Mitchell also attained a UNSW Co-op Scholarship for Actuarial Studies. “Gosford High School teachers and your fellow students are extremely proud of the whole cohort,” Rudd said. Gosford High School’s results were particularly impressive to Rudd who is retiring this year after 40 years of service to the NSW Department of Education.

Source: Website, Dec 14 NSW HSC 2018 State Rankings, NSW Department of Education Website, Dec 15 Denise McDonough, Central Coast Grammar School Website, Dec 17 Tony Rudd, Gosford High School