Macquarie College, a Seventh-day Adventist school near Newcastle, has once again recorded Higher School Certificate (HSC) results placing it in the top 150 schools in New South Wales.
Between the 46 students who completed their HSC, there were 28 top band results awarded. Nine per cent of the class achieved university entrance rankings (ATAR) of 95+, while 20 per cent achieved over 90 and almost half (48 per cent) received higher than 80.
Sixteen students began their education in Kindergarten at Macquarie College and are known as “K-12 Originals”.
Dux of the class, Alex Bodkin, achieved the Top All Rounder award by receiving 90 or higher in five examinations undertaken (Chemistry, English Advanced, Mathematics, PDHPE, Studies of Religion 2) and received an ATAR of 97.7. As a result, she intends pursuing a career in emergency medicine and trauma response if successful in gaining entry to Medicine at James Cook University.
Throughout 2015/16, Ms Bodkin’s approach to study involved a healthy balance of study and relaxation.
“I was really organised right throughout the HSC, I committed to regular study but these were not strictly timetabled,” she said.
“I went to the gym every day after school because I made time for that, as well as weekly dinner catch-ups with my friends. It was really important to me to do that in between study sessions.
“By keeping up to date with readings, note-taking and summaries every week, I wasn’t overloaded; it was just about making continual progress.
“While I would have liked a few more marks to open up more options, I’m proud of these marks and now just have to wait for offers to be made.
“I’m really grateful for all of the assistance I received from my teachers because they were so approachable throughout the HSC, to help with anything. They really cared for us and made sure we understood, and had the best chance possible to do well in the exams.”
Sarah Jones achieved an excellent result in 2 Unit Studies of Religion, ranking sixth in the State.
Aidan Gageler’s Visual Arts major work was selected for inclusion in the ARTEXPRESS exhibition touring New South Wales in 2017. His work, a photographic series titled Wanderer above the fog, featured landscape images from across the Hunter Valley and demonstrated advanced photographic composition and editing techniques.
Macquarie College principal, Dr Bruce Youlden, congratulated this year’s students on their achievements, reminding them that the HSC results are one of many important elements that represent students’ overall achievement during their time at the college.
“The 2016 Year 12 cohort has worked hard to achieve personal best results in every area of academic study and co-curricular pursuits,” Dr Youlden said.
“Our staff have nurtured this cohort over many years as they progressed through the senior school, challenging each individual to learn course material comprehensively and understand ways in which it can be applied to their daily lives.”
Dr Youlden reflected on the journey the students have experienced over the past two years and the new life experiences awaiting them.
“We are proud of the students’ efforts and know that these performances will open many doors to future study and employment for a rich and fulfilling future.
“Macquarie College continues to offer a well-rounded program of academic, sporting, cultural and spiritual learning, which enriches the lives of our students as they enter society and guides them in their life choices as young adults.”