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Byron High School

Byron High School principal Janine Marcus congratulated Byron Bay High School HSC students for achieving excellence in 2018.

She says across all courses, Byron Bay High School 2018 HSC students achieved 24 Band 6 results (marks of 90– 100) and 130 Band 5 results (marks of 80–90).

‘Top ATAR results were Keaton Buhagiar with 96.9, and Georgia Conechado with 96.85.’

Special mentions for HSC 2018 results include Or Rotstein, ‘who was first in state for two unit Modern Hebrew Continuers,’ and Keaton Buhagiar for the 2018 all-round achievers list (Band 6 results for all five subjects completed). Year 7 student Beau Chaseling achieved Band 5 results for both HSC Chemistry and Physics, while 16-year-old accelerated student Jordan Jantschulev achieved Band 6 in two-unit Mathematics Extension 2. ‘He is already studying Contemporary Music at university and previously completed HSC German Continuers, Music 2 and Mathematics.’

Other notable mentions include Noah Eakin – ARTEXPRESS 2018: NSW Art Gallery, Lachlan Sproul – Nomination for Onstage (drama HSC Showcase), Georgia Willey – Nomination for SHAPE 2018 (Design and Technology Showcase) and Koby Pollock – Nomination for SHAPE 2018 (Design and Technology Showcase).’

Ms Marcus added that the 13 achievers on the SMH honour roll are Amber Chegqyn, Dominica Wenban, Ethan Archer, Georgia Conechardo, Georgia Willey, Ilaila Omachen, Keaton Buhagiar, Koby Pollock, Megan Davenport, Or Rotstein, Shaun Chaseling, Stella McCarthy-Huxley and Winny Lucas.’

Mullum High’s Oliver Arthur-Andrews achieved an ATAR of 97.75. Photo supplied

Mullum High School

Mullumbimby High School principal Donna Pearson says she was very pleased with their 2018 HSC results, and proud of the students’ achievements.

She said, ‘Students in a broad range of subjects, including English Advanced, English Extension 1, Legal Studies, Indonesian Continuers, Modern Hebrew, Visual Arts and Physics, achieved a band 6 (an HSC mark above 90).

Forty per cent of our students achieved above 80 per cent in at least one subject, with six students achieving above 80 per cent in every subject they studied.

‘Twins Oliver Arthur-Andrews and Artemis Arthur-Andrews both achieved exceptional results gaining Band 6s in the majority of their subjects.

‘Both also accelerated in Mathematics in 2017, with Oliver achieving the equivalent of band 6 in both Extension 1 and Extension 2, the highest levels of Mathematics students can study.

‘Oliver was one of the 2018 elected school captains and represented the school with distinction. We are looking forward to hearing about all of our students’ ATARs tomorrow.

‘Ethan Jimenez’s music performance was nominated for ENCORE, the showcase of the best HSC performances, and Ella Rossmanith-Jones had her Industrial Technology Timber project nominated for Shape 2018, the exhibition of exemplary major projects. These are both outstanding achievements.’

Principal Pearson added that HSC results overall were very solid across the cohort group, and acknowledged ‘the work of our dedicated, knowledgeable teachers.’

‘In addition, it is the patience, support and encouragement of our students’ families that provide a solid foundation for student achievement.’


Shearwater’s head of education Gillian Rogers told The Echo that 46 students studied HSC subjects in 2018 and sat HSC exams to mark their final year of high school. ‘Of those 46 students, 25 (54 per cent of cohort) achieved one or more results over 80 per cent (Band 5 or 6), with eight (17 per cent of cohort) achieving a result of 90 per cent or above ( Band 6).’

‘Band 6 results were achieved in Music 1 (5), Mathematics 2 Unit ( 1) and English Extension 1 and 2 (2).

‘Students who completed the following subjects, as a group, performed at or above state averages in Drama, Entertainment Industries exam, General Mathematics, Modern History, Music 1 and Society and Culture.

‘At Shearwater, students have a flexible range of options for completing their final year of high school.

‘This includes completing a High School Certificate (HSC), the Shearwater Certificate, or Vocational Education and Training pathways, or a combination of these options.

‘Many students have already gained entry into their chosen courses.’

Cape Byron Steiner

Deputy principal Katie Biggin told The Echo, ‘Students achieved outstanding results across a large number of subjects including Drama, Music, Design and Technology, English Advanced and Extension, Society and Culture and many others.’

‘In a cohort of 28 students, there were some fabulous achievements including 18 Band 6 results and 56 Band 5 results across 17 subjects.’ 

‘Once again, the school saw a strengthening of Band 5 results and an overall continued strengthening of academic success across all subjects.

‘Student Mirani Astawa achieved an outstanding result of First in Course (NSW) in Beginners Indonesian and also achieved an outstanding ATAR result.

‘Some other standout results were a 96 per cent for Design & Technology, 98 per cent for General Mathematics, 94 per cent for Visual Arts, 93 per cent and 91 per cent for Music, 90 per cent and 2 x 91 per cent for Drama, 92 per cent for German Beginners, 94 per cent for Visual Arts, 90 per cent for Legal Studies

‘We also received 91 per cent and 90 per cent in English Advanced and the equivalent to 92 per cent and 90 per cent in both English Extension courses.’

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  1. No mention of the Byron Bay residents (and past Byron Bay Public students) Zoe and Bella who achieved ATARs of 98.85 and 99.15 at Xavier? From all accounts, the top 2 marks in the region, and both Byron locals…


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