Dubbo's record breakers
Indigenous graduates from Dubbo College will chase their ambitions to be a physiotherapist, teacher, social workers and accountants after successfully completing their HSC.
The students were among a cohort of 60 Indigenous students at the school who undertook their HSC this year – setting a national record.
In NSW the number of Aboriginal students sitting the HSC has more than doubled in the past decade, from 911 students in 2007 to 2,096 students this year.
Overall 177 Dubbo College students completed their HSC with the school achieving almost 90 Band 5s and 6s.
More than 60 Dubbo College students have already received offers to universities under the early entry program.
Included among those students are:
- Majayda Darcy who will study physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University;
- Karee Carney, who gained early acceptance to Macquarie University with ambitions to complete a secondary teaching degree;
- Mustafa Al-Badre, who will study social welfare at Macquarie;
- Ethan Gordon, who will study social welfare at Charles Sturt University;
- Breanna Nolan-Dixon, who has co-enrolled in TAFE and CSU Dubbo to study social work; and
- Bailey Scott-Aitken, who has been offered an accounting cadetship while undertaking three days study each week at CSU Bathurst.
Dubbo College Senior Campus principal Andrew Jones congratulated the students and teachers for their commitment to study and said the college would continue to support all student aspirations.
"I think the important thing is to recognise that our college caters for all students and this means that we provide critical career support for students across the board," he said.
"To us the careers choice of every student really matters and our careers team works one-on-one with every student in Year 11 and 12 to help them achieve their work goals.
"Many of our students have already gained entry to university. There are also many who have already gained apprenticeships and traineeships in their field of interest and our careers team has been instrumental in helping students into these jobs."
Photo: Members of the Dubbo College 2017 leadership team who received their HSC results included Rosa Williams-Karam, Isaac Skinner, Ally McLean, Marty Jeffrey, Sharika-Marrie Howard, Nunka-Wa-Ru Pearce, Ethan Hughes and Sascha Wykes