Long gone are the days of Higher School Certificate students waiting anxiously at the mailbox for their final results.
The Board of Studies website was flooded by excited students, including the 70 Tumut High School year 12 students, that had been patiently awaiting their educational fate when subject results were posted at 6am on Wednesday morning.
Whilst the Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranks (ATAR) scores, which determine university entry, were not released until 9am Thursday, the release of subject scores was enough to quell the anxiety of the 75,000 HSC students across New South Wales who could at last gauge if their efforts were sufficient.
The HSC certification provides detailed information on the performance of students in each of their courses. In particular, the mark attained by a student also determines what performance band, from one up to six, describes their final achievement for that course in the HSC.
In 2013 there were 15,949 Distinguished Achievers, the students who received a top band (six) result for one or more courses.
Seven Tumut High students received band six results and a further 22 students achieved band five marks.
Tumut High’s Lynne Mullane was a very proud principal on Thursday morning as news regarding year 12 students results started to spread.
“We have solid results with seven students on the distinguished achievers list receiving 90 and above in subjects,” Mrs Mullane said. “Some students have already secured employment and a number had already received early entry into university.
“This year we had a lovely group of students in year 12. I am very proud of them and the wonderful achievements as a group they have experienced. The group was very charity minded.”
Andrew Wortes was rewarded for his interest and talent in Music, receiving a 93 band six mark in the subject and also bagging another band six for Engineering Studies with a mark of 90.
With an ATAR mark of 83.7 and early entry into Wollongong University for Engineering, Andrew is one happy lad this week.
“I am pleased with my results but I already had early entry so that took a lot of stress off during study and exams,” Andrew said. “If you are interested in what you are doing, like I was in music, you pay a lot of time to that subject. We were required to do four performances, so I did a 10 minute talk and three performances.
“I sung Ben Howard pieces and also played my guitar. I was nervous beforehand but it was all good once I was on stage at the Montreal Theatre for the assessment.
Andrew recommends that future HSC students choose subjects they not only require for future course selection but also ones they enjoy doing to gain high marks in.
Enjoying the warm swimming weather, Andrew will head with his family to Wollongong this Christmas. He said he is relieved it is all over and he now has plenty of free time to play music and hang out with friends.
Renae Bright secured her path into Nursing at CSU in Wagga with an ATAR of 77.55 and a band six mark of 95 in Food Technology.
Another recipient of early entry, Renae was thrilled to receive a top mark in her favourite subject.
“I tried the hardest in Food Technology so when I opened my subject results I scrolled down through the marks to find Food Tech,” Renae said. “I cried, I am quite emotional, and was so relieved. It was a stressful time and I am looking forward to relaxing now.”
Another high achiever from Tumut High School was Samantha Hughes who scored an ATAR of 86.40 and a band six mark of 91 in biology.
“I am pretty happy with my mark, there were some areas I could have done better in though,” Samantha said. “I woke up on Wednesday to get my subject results at 9am then put it off for ages because I was so nervous. Then after I looked I got onto Facebook and everyone was telling each other how they went, it was like a group therapy session.
“It is a relief it is over now. Next year I am going to Canberra to the National University and studying a double bachelor degree in music and art. Until then I will keep working at Maccas.”
Samantha received a band five in Music and Mathematics and a band five equivalent for extension English.
The Brewis twin ensured their parents had plenty to cheer about this week with both girls, Emily and Ashleigh, scoring band six results.
With an ATAR of 85.15 and a band six 93 in her favourite subject, PDHPE, Ashleigh Brewis was more than happy after a nervous night Tuesday awaiting her fate.
“I am extremely pleased with my results,” Ashleigh said. “I was up at 6am on Wednesday to find out my marks and I had a very nervous sleep.
“Whilst the HSC was not as stressful as thought it would be, I was worried on Tuesday night and didn’t sleep very well.”
Working at Eagle Boys and the Terrace Cafe until she heads off to university, Ashleigh wasn’t planning on doing too much on Thursday night to celebrate other than spend the night with her family, who are extremely proud of both her and her sister.
“We finished so long ago and you celebrate then,” she said. “I received band fives in CAFS, Biology and Maths and a four in English so overall it was pretty good.
“My parents are very proud. My sister Emily got band six in Retail, which was great. She already has an apprenticeship at Synergy Hair Therapy. Her good marks shows that she is the smart one choosing to do something she is passionate about. Hairdressing isn’t a fall-through job, Emily is smart and chose to do what she loves.”
Alexandra Osgood was tested in the subject she thought she would love the most, Music, and despite threatening to drop it all year due to not liking the theory side of the subject, was awarded a band six with a mark of 92 for it.
“It was awful and the worst subject for me as I wasn’t enjoying it,” Alexandra laughed on Thursday. “I was better at the practical side and sung for my four musical performances, which luckily was a large part of my mark.
“I have early entry to Wollongong for a double degree of Media and Communication and International Media Studies, which took so much pressure off me during exams.
“I wasn’t that worried when I checked my results and was happy with how I went, except for English as I got a 71 in English. My grand parents were both English teachers so they weren’t too impressed.”
Year 12 student Mikayla Allen also achieved wonderful results with a band six mark in Retail.
Tumut High School careers advisor, Phil Shirt, pointed out that in contrast to the HSC, the ATAR is a rank calculated by UAC for the sole purpose of universities using it as one method to decide who will be offered university places.
“Being a typical comprehensive high school, only about 30 per cent of Tumut High Year 12 students actually have the desire to head to tertiary study rather than joining the workforce,” Mr Shirt said. “Increasingly universities have acknowledged the shortcomings of the ATAR too, turning to other indicators of a person’s suitability for further study including targeted or early entry offers based on in-school performance over Year 11 and 12, school recommendations, regional, educational disadvantage and interview.
Explaining that although a student’s ATAR may not be sufficient, applying directly to a university of choice can also lead to an offer, especially if performance in a key HSC course has been strong unit.
“Many universities also offer short term courses for students who may not have performed well in the HSC to build up the required skills for successful tertiary study before being accepted into a degree of their choice,” Mr Shirt said. “Congratulations to all students on their HSC achievements and good luck in their future endeavours at work, travel or further study.”