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Finley High's HSC students achieve personal best results

Finley High School proudly announced last week some excellent achievements received in the 2013 Higher School Certificate.

December 25, 2013 4:18am

Principal Bernie Roebuck said it shows, once again, that students in rural schools can gain excellent results.

Mr Roebuck said results are slightly down on last year, but said students have done very well considering some changes at the school.

He said the move to the new senior college format, was just one of the new school experiences students had to endure while completing the HSC.

‘‘2013 was going always to be a challenging year in so many ways.

‘‘This year was the first year of our new senior college where students from Year 11 were doing the first three subjects of their HSC as well as the normal Year 12 students.

‘‘In addition the HSC results in 2012 were some of the best the school has ever achieved and we all were aware that it was not going to be possible to achieve those sorts of results every year.

‘‘We had many of our Year 12 students this year achieve, what I would consider, to be their absolute personal bests and that is all we can ask of any student.’’

Mr Roebuck said the school’s Year 11 students have also shown great promise in HSC testing.

‘‘In terms of our Year 11 students, we set them a big challenge this year and in truth their results have been excellent, and probably beyond where we thought some of them might have been.

‘‘To have Year 11 students achieving bands 5 and 6 in the HSC says a great deal about the students and the quality of their teachers.

‘‘What was most impressive this year was the number of students who improved their final results by achieving better marks in their HSC exams than they had achieved on their internal school assessments.’’

Mr Roebuck said there were some ‘‘great individual results’’ but said some classes were also stand-outs.

‘‘I particularly congratulate the students in the community and family studies and hospitality classes where eight student in each class achieved Band 5 or above in that subject.

‘‘It was also wonderful to report that 10 of our Year 12 students have gained early entry to university courses in NSW and another six have gained early entry into Victorian unis.

‘‘Once again the school is very proud of the achievements of our students.’’

Mr Roebuck’s results highlights

There were 50 cases in 17 different subject areas where students were placed in Band 5 or above, which means that they scored over 80 per cent for a subject. By any standard this is an amazing achievement.

Year 11 students Jeshua Milburn (physics) and Rosie Cleve (primary industries) both achieved Band 6 (90-100 per cent) results.

Leah Rowe did superbly attaining four Band 5 results.

Ellena Holm did exceptionally well in Extension 1 English, with one of our best ever results in that subject.

In Year 12, Maddison Curtin attained three Band 5 results and Meg Carmicahel, Alana Coates, Ellena Holm, Mick McCallum, Liz Montgomery, and Miranda Vogel all attained at least two Band 5 results.

In the Year 11 group, Jeshua Milburn achieved a Band 6 and two band 5 results in the three subjects he completed, and Bethany Lee, Nell Rennick, Sarah Wallis, Allister Clark and Zoe Richardson attained two Band 5 results from the three subjects that they attempted.

In hospitality, 22 of the 23 students were in the top three bands –a tremendous achievement.

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