HSC First in Course recipients

The dominance of young women and the geographic spread of recipients were two of the features of the 2012 Higher School Certificate First in Course awards.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli, who presented the awards at a ceremony in Sydney yesterday, said the HSC was a world-class credential and coming first demonstrated an extremely high level of achievement on an international level.

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The ceremony was attended by teachers and parents who were proud to see students take the stage to meet the Minister and receive their Certificate for Excellence.

"Preparing students for the HSC not only involves dedication from the student – it also requires a quality learning experience in the classroom supported by understanding parents and carers at home," Mr Piccoli said.

Two-thirds of First in Course recipients were young women. It is the first time since the HSC was reviewed in 2001 that women have come first in all mathematics courses.

Seventeen students live in regions outside of Sydney including, Wollongong, Canberra, Woy Woy, Tuggerah, Picton, Bolwarra, Welby, Wallsend, Scone, Canowindra, Belbora, Nimmitabel, Wanaaring, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

More than 70,000 students will receive their HSC results from 6am today (Wednesday 19 December).

The HSC Results Inquiry Centre 13 11 12 will be available for students to talk with experienced Board of Studies staff about any aspect of their results.

Students will be able to get their results from 6am onwards via SMS by texting their Student ID, followed by a space, followed by their PIN to 0427 555 999, or by phone on 1300 669 248.

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