HSC 2020 Success


As you know 2020 has been complex and challenging for students and teachers. Missing several weeks of face-to-face lessons and the associated anxiety was not ideal for them in undertaking the demands of the HSC.

However, I am pleased to report on outstanding Year 12 results and excellent achievements for our cohort. As shared at our Valedictory Dinner, for them to negotiate the challenges of 2020 is testament to their resilience, determination and commitment. Graduating Year 12 sets them up to manage the challenges they will encounter in their adult lives. In our school, not only do we value and celebrate academic achievement, but we also seek to develop character and equip students with the skills they require to prosper and thrive beyond school.

In sharing the 2020 HSC highlights, I emphasise that beneath the top-level results, there are many wonderful stories of growth and improvement. Whilst the top band results receive the publicity, there other achievements to be acknowledged and applauded.

I am delighted to share snippets of the Calrossy achievements below:

50 top band rankings, placing our school as by far the most successful school in the Northern Inland NSW/New England, up with the very best results of NSW Regional schools.

Two of our students, Emma Parry (99.25 ATAR) and Mittun Sudhahar (99.20 ATAR) were placed on the NSW All Rounders list, scoring top bands in at least 10 units. Emma is to be congratulated on being our Dux. There were many other 90+ ATAR scores as well as others in the 80s.

Multiple top band achievers include Ben Cameron, Savanna Cull, Callum Cutler, Sam Grant, Luka Ison, Andrea Maxey, Emma Parry, Ann Porter, Claire Shadwell, Mittun Sudhahar, Selina Tape and Mitchell Watts. Notably seven of these students are Boarders.

Ann Porter achieved NSW top ten rankings in both Biology and Primary Industries (3rd in the state) and Ben Cameron was 4th in Primary Industries.

Twenty-eight students were placed on the Distinguished Achievers list, in a range of twenty-two different courses, demonstrating high achievement across the subject spectrum, rather than in a narrow band of subject areas.

Courses with Calrossy results more than 5% above the NSW average included Agriculture, Community and Family Studies, Earth and Environmental Science, Industrial Technology (Wood), Maths Extension 2, Music 1, PDHPE, Physics, Textiles and Design, and Primary Industries.

The percentage of Calrossy students in the top 2 bands include Agriculture (80%), Chemistry (58%), Community and Family Studies (61%), Music 1 and Music Extension (100%), PDHPE (50%), Society and Culture (58%), Textiles (100%) and Visual Arts (91%). In Physics 40% of our students received a top band result.

Four students combined their HSC studies with School-based traineeships or apprenticeships: Angus Davidson (Rural Retail, continuing with Elders), Mitch Hamblin (Mechanical Engineering, continuing with Teys Australia), Nathan Clark (Automotive Servicing, continuing with Peel Valley Machinery) and Paige Gainsford (Health Services in Nursing with plans to enrol into Nursing at University)

Nine students were nominated for various NSW exhibitions and showcases in Industrial Technology (Wood), Music, Textiles & Design and Visual Arts. Ruth Cant’s costume has been selected for inclusion in the TextStyles Exhibition.

Overall our School results place us just outside the top 150 schools in NSW, something of great merit given that we are not selective.

Statistics don’t always tell the full story and our Director of Studies Mr Lawson reminded me of other excellent achievements to be noted. One example of this is our PDHPE results in which six students achieved top band results (90+) but six others received 88 or 89. There are other such stories. Many excellent Band 4 and 5 achievements have been attained and the improvement scores are excellent.

I have been delighted by the news of large numbers of students who have already received first preference University places through the Principal Recommendation Scheme, based on consistent achievement throughout Year 12. Some have been awarded scholarships. The work of our Careers Advisor Charles Impey is greatly valued in contributing to the many stories of early entry. Even following the announcement of results, Mr Impey continues to assist students in exploring future options and is a wonderful asset in this area.

The HSC is now over and so I join with our whole community in wishing Year 12 students great success in future endeavours. Their results are not only the result of the support of Year 12 teachers in 2020 who are simply outstanding but in many cases have been built on the foundation of 6 or 13 years at Calrossy.

On behalf of the School I congratulate each student who completed the year, achieving an HSC and moving into life beyond school. We are very proud of you. I reiterate an important message that you will never have your worth measured by a number and so I look forward to following your life journeys with interest as you move into the next phase of your lives.

Kind regards,

Mr David Smith, Principal