Class of 2016 HSC Results
The Class of 2016 were a happy, energetic and committed group of students who had a strong connection to each other and a clear sense of the world beyond the school gate. Collectively they embraced the idea of service leadership. This was clearly demonstrated in their charity work for the Red Shield Appeal, their sustained participation in letter writing campaigns for the Benenson Society and the involvement of many of them in the St Vincent de Paul Brekky Van. The enthusiastic house leaders inspired the student body to donate generously towards Gar-uai at our first Mission Day and introduced a new and vigorous war cry to the Loreto Kirribilli cheering repertoire. As students, they were keen to use every available resource – the Library in holiday periods, social media’s collaborative tools and the generosity of their teachers. Their dedication to academic excellence was perhaps most strongly evident during the stuvac just prior to the written HSC examinations, where over fifty students attended a voluntary English tutorial at 7.30am in full school uniform. Whilst the Class of 2016 wrote many practice essays seeking feedback, they never took their teachers for granted and were genuine in their gratitude for their teachers’ efforts on their behalf. The most endearing quality was the support the girls gave one another throughout the highs and lows of a HSC year.
Given all of this, it is pleasing to report that their hard work and generosity were rewarded with excellent HSC results. Overall, the school was placed twenty-fifth in the state using a calculation based on the percentage of Honour Roll listings in relation to the number of total examinations sat by the year group. The school was the third Catholic school in the Sydney Morning Herald’s listing of the top 200 schools of NSW, with St Aloysius College twenty-third and Kincoppal Rose Bay twenty-fourth. It was heartening to see three Ignatian schools, where reflection and discernment are central, performing so solidly.
In terms of a more detailed summary of the of the achievements of the Class of 2016 I am pleased to report that thirteen students were placed on the NSW HSC All Rounders list with ten units or more with a Band 6 or E4 result. Interestingly these students often combined diverse subjects such as French and Economics, Physics and Music, or Chemistry and Visual Arts with extension courses and higher levels of Mathematics. The All Rounders were:
- Eliza Benecke
- Stephanie Dowsett
- Annabelle Holden
- Emily Hopper
- Claire Kim
- Emily King
- Isabelle Kohout
- Sophie Lloyd
- Sophie Newton
- Brooke O’Callaghan
- Katie Picton
- Sophie Ramsay
- Amelia Ryan
Nine students gained placings in the state for individual courses, showing not only their passion for specific subjects, but also the deep connection they had as learners to the knowledge and skills they acquired throughout their studies. The expertise of their teachers was, of course, invaluable in guiding these students towards such outstanding results. We were pleased to note the range of subjects where students excelled included humanities, languages, mathematics, technology and creative arts.
|Emily King||6th||English Extension 1||49/50|
|Jessica Smith||5th||Food Technology||98|
|Emilie Krimmer||5th||Italian Continuers||96|
|Anna Mateffy||4th||Italian Extension||48/50|
|Sophie Ramsay||14th||Mathematics General 2||98|
|Eliza Benecke||11th||Modern History||97|
|Emily King||3rd||Visual Arts||99|
|Eliza Scanlen||7th||Visual Arts||98|
|Charlotte White||7th||Visual Arts||98|
Success in the practical component of courses
Skill and dedication are also the hallmarks of performances in the practical elements of courses and the following students are to be congratulated for the nomination of their major works for specific practical exhibitions or performances:
- Olivia Armistead, Genevieve Becker, Stephanie Greenslade, Tess Herron, Emily King, Kate Lee, Sophie Lloyd, Lisa Maggs, Imogen Passas, Eliza Scanlen, Charlotte White and Eloise Williment had their bodies of work for Visual Arts nominated for inclusion in ArtExpress; Louisa Fitzgerald and Greer Fraser had their works both nominated and selected for exhibition in various galleries around NSW.
- Alice Best, Anna McGinley and Eliza Scanlen had their individual performances in Drama nominated for inclusion in OnStage.
- Isabelle Kohout and Sophie Parker were nominated for their Music performance and composition respectively for inclusion in Encore
Year group performance across subjects
As a year group their performance was equally impressive. There were 133 students in the year group with 296 listings on the Honour Roll shared among 106 students. This means that 80% of the year group achieved at least one Band 6 in a 2 unit course or E4 in an extension course. Of these Honour Roll listings, 57 were in English courses and 51 were in mathematics courses.
In eleven courses, at either one or two unit level, 100% of students achieved in the top two bands.
- All Ancient History, Design and Technology Music 1, Music 2 and French Continuers students were awarded a Band 5 or 6;
- All students achieved an E3 or E4 in English Extension 1, English Extension 2, History Extension, French Extension, Italian Extension and Music Extension.
In twenty-five of the thirty-three subjects taken at Loreto Kirribilli this year, 75% or more of students achieved a result in the top two bands. Calculated in another way 81% of all examination results were either a Band 6/E4 or a Band 5/E3 – this is a remarkable achievement. We are pleased to note that 36% of all individual HSC results were in a top band.
Courses with 30% or more of their students in Band 6 were Ancient History, Design and Technology, Drama, English Advanced, French Continuers, Italian Continuers, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Music 1, Music 2, Personal Development Health and Physical Education, Studies of Religion 1, Studies of Religion 2 and Visual Arts.
Extension courses with 30% or more of their students achieving E4 were English Extension 1, English Extension 2, French Extension, History Extension, Italian Extension and Music Extension.
Just as significant were the performances of the year group as a whole. For all examinations sat, 95% of results were Band 4 or above in two unit courses, or E3 and above in extension courses. This means that the level of academic achievement was substantial for all students. The Class of 2016 responded to the excellent teaching they received through applying hard won study tips, processing the masses of course content, and attacking final examinations with verve, thought and commitment. In addition, they improved their use of social media to share their learning in a meaningful collaborative manner. I would recommend this strategy to all students.
ATAR scores are another way of looking at the success of the Class of 2016 and I am pleased to report that 50% of all students eligible for an ATAR gained a score over 90. In terms of individual scores, some students were happy to share them with us.
As you can see, 10% pf the whole year group achieved a 98+ score; 21% scored over 97, 29% achieved a 95+ ATAR and 50% achieved a 90+ ATAR.
The importance of the ATAR scores is purely in their capacity to open doors into exciting and challenging tertiary courses. Speaking to the students over the last month and checking the university offers it is heartening to see the wide range of courses that our students are selecting, many of which have a direct pathway to serving the wider community in an intelligent and constructive manner across a diverse range of fields. Many of our students are challenging the gender expectations that still exist in some areas of engineering, science, and business.
The Dux for 2016
It is exciting to report that for the first time in recent memory we have joint Duxes for 2016, with both Emily King and Sophie Lloyd sharing the top ATAR score of 99.75. The girls have been friends throughout their schooling and were delighted to share the top score with each other. Both Emily and Sophie have been academic leaders within their cohort for a number of years and possessed the strengths of persistence and creativity.
Emily’s final HSC marks were as follows:
|Chemistry||1st in cohort|
|English Advanced||1st in cohort|
|English Extension 1||1st in cohort|
|Mathematics Extension 1||2nd in cohort|
|Mathematics Extension 2||4th in cohort|
|Studies of Religion 1||=14th in cohort|
|Visual Arts||1st in cohort|
Sophie’s final HSC marks were as follows:
|Chemistry||3rd in cohort|
|English Advanced||=2nd in cohort|
|Mathematics Extension 1||1st in cohort|
|Mathematics Extension 2||1st in cohort|
|Studies of Religion 2||1st in cohort|
|Visual Arts||4th in cohort|
As we can see, both Emily and Sophie challenged themselves with the highest level of mathematics. They engaged in a different sort of creative problem solving with their Visual Arts. They have kept a serious science future open for themselves with their Chemistry and they engaged closely with the challenges of their religious studies. Their study of English meant that they practiced the skill of thinking and writing with clarity and purpose. Looking at their final HSC results it is clear that Emily and Sophie had different personal strengths but they pursued their goals with positive energy.
The Class of 2016 achieved outstanding results but the real interest will be where they are and what they are contributing to their world in ten years’ time. They have the capacity to be Loreto women who will do much.
Sandra Duggan (Ms)
Director of Academic Programs