They were among some of All Saints’ College top achievers and now David Goodman, Sophie Cant, Rebecca Vann, Nicholas Brouggy and Angela Phillips can reflect on their success in this year’s Higher School Certificate (HSC).
The five students were among some of the top performers at the college, alongside Hannah Nobes and Harrison Gavey.
Mr Brouggy was one student that came extremely close to claiming a clean sweep in a Band 6 in all subjects.
He claimed a Band 6 in Ancient History, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics and came just short in Advanced English and Mathematics Extension 1.
He was quite surprised by his strong performance.
“Some of the exams were rough. I think we can all agree that the Mathematics was especially rough,” he said.
“I was a bit nervous [waiting to receive my marks] but I’m very happy with my results.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to go to University of NSW to study a Bachelor of Engineering.”
He described his dream job is anything based in mechanical engineering.
Now it’s the waiting game between school and tertiary education.
“It’s a bit weird [not being at school for the first time in 13 years]. We’re kind of stuck in limbo,” Mr Brouggy said.
Rebecca Vann was planning to sleep in on Thursday morning before she woken by her phone, informing her that her HSC marks were available.
She picked up a Band 6 in three courses – Earth and Environmental Science, Mathematics General 2 and Visual Arts – as well as two Band 5s – Chemistry and Advanced English.
“I’m really happy with my marks. The hard work has paid off,” she said.
Her major art work was Indigenous Australian-themed, with major themes focused on the Dreamtime and how it relates to landscape.
In 2018, Ms Vann is hopeful of heading to Canberra next year to do a double degree in Environmental Science and International Relations at the Australian National University.
While a majority of year 12 graduates will pursue entry into a domestic university, Angela Phillips has something else in mind.
Next year Ms Phillips will begun studying a Bachelor of Science, majoring in biology, at the University of Hawaii, on the American islands-state of Hawaii.
“It’ll take four years to complete but hopefully I can graduate in three and half years,” she said.
“I have lived in the United States before, studying abroad a few years ago.”
Ms Phillips received two Band 6s – Biology and Design and Technology – and three Band 5s – Chemistry, Advanced English and Mathematics.
Overall, she was delighted with her results.
“I was really happy. It has definitely turned out better than how I thought I would’ve went.”
Overall, 26 Band 6s were achieved at the college.
A comprehensive report of each student, who achieved at least one Band 6, can be found at educationstandards.nsw.edu.au.