On behalf of everyone at Canberra Grammar School, I am very pleased to congratulate our 2017 Year 12 Higher School Certificate (HSC) students on their results, and I look forward to congratulating our International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme students (IBDP) when their results are released in the new year.
Until then, please remember that results for nearly 30% of our students who sat for the IBDP are not included in HSC league tables published in various media outlets. The exclusion of such a large portion of the School’s candidature means that the School’s reported league table position is entirely meaningless and would be far higher if all students’ results were included. This applies every year to all dual track HSC/IBDP schools, and is more pronounced as our IBDP cohort grows, which is why our league table position will fluctuate widely from year to year, as is explained here: https://ibschoolsnswact.org/. This year, 103 students sat for the HSC, including 6 who took non-ATAR based vocational programmes. 42 students took the IBDP and their results will significantly augment the group’s overall performance in January.
In the meantime, I am particularly delighted to congratulate:
- The joint duxes of the HSC cohort, Elliott Murphy and Michael Nguyen-Kim who both achieved an ATAR of 99.80
- Jack Andrighetto, who placed 4th in the state in HSC Drama and was selected for OnStage in recognition of his outstanding performance; and
- Jack Andrighetto, Elliott Murphy, Michael Nguyen-Kim, Christopher Seidl and Isaac Singhal, who gained places on the HSC all-round achievers’ list for attaining 90% or more in at least 10 of their units.
I also warmly congratulate students and teachers in subjects that most significantly outperformed the state, including Software Design and Development, Ancient and Modern History, Agriculture, PDHPE, Economics and Drama. Gains in English were also pleasing, as were some impressive results in Languages taken early in Year 11.
The School is especially delighted that around 35% of HSC students received early offers from universities prior to their results, which is an extraordinary increase that signals a profound shift in reliance on the ATAR system for university entry. Many more students will gain bonus points for tertiary entry and some have pursued a range of portfolio-based and alternate entry schemes for higher education. The School congratulates its students on these outcomes and welcomes the increasing diversification of access routes to tertiary education. We also congratulate all students who have been successful in the School’s growing vocational pathways programme.
Please note that under the NSW HSC system, the School does not receive ATAR notifications and cannot therefore provide ATAR statistics. Nonetheless, 95% of HSC students at the School will gain an ATAR, which is 100% of those who sought one, and which compares with 63% across ACT schools generally.
Once more, on behalf of everyone at the School, I congratulate our HSC students on their achievements, and I look forward to doing likewise for our IBDP students in the new year. I also thank them all for their leadership of the School in 2017 and I wish them happiness and success in all that lies ahead of them.
Head of School
You can also read the ‘CGS From the Head – 15 December 2017’ newsletter for more information at http://createsend.com/t/r-FF3B6C7C430C28202540EF23F30FEDED