Public students dominate HSC first in course

Students celebrate their HSC results.

NSW Public School students dominated the 2011 Higher School Certificate (HSC) First in Course Awards.

Nearly 65% of the 107 students who topped the state in HSC subjects came from NSW government high schools.

Education minister Adrian Piccoli, who presented the awards, said the students had "a natural love and aptitude for their subject".

"They have demonstrated an incredible depth of learning," he said.

"Behind every good student there is almost always a patient, understanding and supportive group of family and teachers.

"It was also very pleasing to see young women doing so well in areas such as agriculture, construction and primary industries," Mr Piccoli said.

Highlights from this year's First in Course list include:

  • The Open High School Randwick achieved excellent results with six First in Course Awards.
  • Hornsby Girls had three students receive First in Course Awards in General Mathematics, Spanish Beginners and Visual Arts.
  • More than 20 of the students in the First in Course list are from regional areas including Dubbo, Bathurst and Albury.

Jessica Fox from Blaxland High School came first in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

Jessica is an elite athlete and completed the HSC while training with the Australian Team at the Australian Institute of Sport and hopes to compete in canoe slalom at the 2012 London Olympics.

Jessica attributed the support and guidance of her teachers and family in playing a key role in her academic success.

"My teachers and principal at Blaxland High School were amazing in supporting me with my sporting commitments outside of school hours. I couldn't have done it without a good team around me," Jessica said.

Listen to Jessica (MP3 audio)

Having a genuine interest and enthusiasm in their subjects and a strong work ethic was a common theme among the award winners.

Albury High School student Khayl Picard, who came first in Music 1, has played clarinet for nine years and is a passionate musician.

"Love what you are doing and work hard," Khayl said.

Karabar High School's Steven Osarek, who topped Industrial Technology, said: "my advice is to work hard early on and don't get too stressed out by it."

"You have to relax," he said.

A high quality qualification

The Education minister said this year, 71,415 students are eligible to receive a result for an HSC course.

"Over 83 per cent of students receiving their full HSC will be eligible to apply to university with an ATAR – the ranking system used by universities to select students," Mr Piccoli said.

HSC results released

The HSC results were released today via internet, telephone and text message, with almost 84,000 instances of the information being accessed online or by SMS.

Board of Studies inquiry line

The Board of Studies' inquiry centre is available to answer student queries about their HSC results on 13 11 12.

Photo: First in Course Award winners celebrate their success. Photo by Grant Hatch. Home page photo by Benjamin Townsend.

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