YEAR 12 students at St Stanislaus’ College achieved the school’s best ever Higher School Certificate results this year.
The school recorded 62 Band 6 results across 17 subjects by 29 students, including five Year 11 students under taking studies of religion 1 accelerated.
Head of College Dr Anne Wenham said she was incredibly proud of the results students had achieved.
“We’re proud of the 101 Year 12 students and all our staff who have worked so hard; they deserve this,” she said.
“This was our 150th year and our Year 12s really became fully engaged in the life of the college and were fine role models for all the students in terms of what a Stannies man is.”
Dr Wenham said it was particularly pleasing to see that the Band 6 results achieved across a wide range of subjects.
“I think that shows the breadth of cirriculum offerings we have at the college, which is really important for young men,” she said.
St Stanislaus’ College not only achieved great results as a school, but had some of the state’s top performing students, too.
Three students, Oliver O’Toole, Jerome Arrow and Dominic McCrossin, made it onto the All-Rounders list for achieving a Band 6 in ten or more units.
Oliver was surprised to find out that he had achieved eight Band 6 results, including one for accelerated studies of religion 1 in 2016.
“The goal has always been just to crack 90, and this is quite a bonus,” he said.
He hopes he will receive an ATAR of around 95 so he can study a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Politics and International Relations) at Sydney University next year.
Dominic studied a broad range of subjects and was able to achieve six Band 6 results.
He is hoping for an ATAR of 95 so he can study medicine at a university in Sydney.
“It is a little hard to know with medicine because it is that three-tier process of interviews, medical admissions test and the HSC ATAR,” he said.
“If it is up around that 95 mark, I’m fairly confident about [getting accepted].”
Jerome will take a gap year and work full-time in 2018, so he feels the pressure is off now that he is not relying on an ATAR.
Despite this, he was pleased to achieve six Band 6 results and place third in the state for studies of religion.
In addition to their All-Rounders, St Stanislaus’ College also had students Darragh Newton and Ethan Coyte place first and second in the state for automotive.
Oliver, Dominic and Jerome all agreed that the results achieved were a team effort and they were proud of how all of their fellow students had performed.
“Throughout the whole year, we relied on each other and pushed each other in all of our academic pursuits and really the whole process does rely on one another and the success of each other and you try to support that,” Jerome said.