Canberra Grammar School offers students a choice of curriculum in the senior years alongside a broad co-curricular programme of sports, arts, leadership and service opportunities. In 2018, roughly 60% of students took the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) and 40% took the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
On behalf of everyone at the School, I am pleased to congratulate the students of Year 12 2018 who sat for the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and received their results today. As a group they can be very pleased, as is outlined below. I also look forward to congratulating all students who took the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) when they receive their results in early 2019.
Until then, it is essential to remember that the School’s results are not complete, and that almost 40% of our students’ results are not included in the HSC league tables published in various media outlets. This means that such league table figures for the School are significantly misleading indicators of the year group’s performance. This is the case for all dual track schools each year, as is explained here: https://ibschoolsnswact.org. Likewise, comparison from year to year is misleading, as the proportion of students taking the HSC and the IBDP changes. Results for IBDP students will augment the year group’s overall performance in January.
In the meantime, we are delighted to congratulate Thomas Faulder, who was dux of the HSC cohort with an ATAR of 99.55. He also earned a place on the All Round Achievers’ List, along with 38 students – more than a third of the cohort – who earned a place on the Honour Roll. We also congratulate students in subjects that outperformed the NSW state percentages in upper bands, including Software Design and Development, General Mathematics 2, Business Studies, Ancient History, PDHPE, Physics, French Continuers, Biology, Modern History, Economics and Agriculture.
This year, at least a quarter of all HSC students received early offers to university, and we expect the great majority of university applicants to attain their first or second preference.
Under the NSW HSC system, the School does not receive ATAR notifications and cannot therefore provide ATAR statistics. Nonetheless, 99% of HSC students at the School will gain an ATAR, which is 100% of those who sought one.
In addition, of course, our Year 12 students led the School with passion and integrity this year. They represented the School in a wide range of competitive sports. They performed at the highest levels in music, in multiple concerts and in major drama events. They presented art and design exhibitions, and they took part in outdoor education and leadership development activities. They organised House projects and carnivals, including the House Music Festival and its accompanying, entirely student-led, Moonlight Concert. They participated in the Sony Foundation Camp amongst many other very powerful service initiatives, and they led the student body in raising over $100,000 for charitable causes this year.
They have been a pleasure to work with. They worked hard and they deserve their success. We thank them for their enormous contribution to the life of the School and wish them every happiness for the future.
Head of School