15.4 per cent surge in HSC Band 6s for Sydney Catholic schools by gdf57j


									       For Immediate Release
       16 December 2010

                      15.4 per cent surge in HSC Band 6s for Sydney Catholic schools
       Once again, Sydney Catholic systemic schools are celebrating stellar HSC results which have seen 68 per
       cent of all subjects ranked above the State mean, and a massive 15.4 per cent increase in the number of
       Band 6s awarded to its students.

       The number of Band 5 and Band 6 grades scored by HSC students at Sydney’s Catholic schools represented
       42 per cent of all bands achieved.

       Five of the 29 systemic secondary schools in the Archdiocese achieved more than 90 per cent of courses
       above the State mean. These were:
                St Mary’s Cathedral College, Sydney: 96.8%
                 St John Bosco College, Engadine: 96.4%
                St Patrick’s College, Sutherland: 94.4%
                Freeman Catholic College, Bonnyrigg Heights: 93.5%
                Brigidine College, Randwick: 90.6%
       Another five schools achieved between 80 per cent and 90 per cent of their courses above the State mean.
       These were:
                Marcellin College, Randwick: 89.3%
                St Ursula’s College, Kingsgrove: 87.5%
                Marist College, Eastwood: 81.5%
                De La Salle College, Cronulla: 81.3%
                Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, Kensington: 80.0%.
       This equates to around a third of all Sydney’s Catholic secondary schools achieving 80 per cent or more of
       its courses above the State mean.

       The other stunning outcome was the increase in the number of Band 6s from 1,689 in 2009 to 1,953 in
       2010, representing the 15.4 per cent rise.
       Other significant results for Sydney Catholic systemic schools include:
           21 of 29 schools increased their percentage of courses above the State mean, compared with 2009.
           Three students from Sydney’s Catholic systemic schools were awarded ‘First-in-Course’. They are:
               o Melinda Jamieson, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Kensington – First in Business Services
               o Sam Wilcher, De La Salle College, Cronulla – First in General Mathematics
               o Stephanie Konstandopoulos, Domremy College, Five Dock – First in History Extension
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    75 per cent of all Sydney Catholic systemic schools have boosted their percentage of courses above the
    State mean over the past three years.
    Overall, 68 per cent of all courses ranked above State average, up from 67 per cent in 2009.
    This figure (68 per cent above State average) represents the best-ever HSC result for Sydney’s Catholic
    secondary schools.

Dan White, Executive Director of Sydney’s Catholic Schools, said he was thrilled with the achievements of
the students. “These results speak for themselves,” Dr White said. “I am delighted in particular with the
very significant increase in the number of Band 6s. This has been one of our goals for 2010.”

The non-selective nature of systemic Catholic schools made these results even more impressive, Dr White

“Catholic schools cater for students of all abilities, and I am full of admiration for every single student who
has worked to achieve his or her very best,” he said.

These excellent HSC results follow the recent outstanding Year 10 School Certificate results.


For media inquiries or photo opportunities, contact Mark Rix, Head of Communications, CEO, Sydney on
(02) 9568 8224 / 0417 442 018, or email: mark.rix@ceosyd.catholic.edu.au.

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