MacKillop tops northern region's HSC honour roll

MACKILLOP Senior College has outshone every school north of Newcastle in this year’s HSC results and rankings. The local college boasts a plethora of particularly impressive results including a placing in the top 100 of at least one of the state’s major honour rolls.

More than half of the school’s results came under the top two Bands, 5 and 6 - meaning 53 per cent of exams received a mark of 80 out of 100, or above. 

And 13 per cent of the school’s students came in on the distinguished achievers list.

Kirsten Gan, Lara Nest, Madison Cutmore and Dominica Roebuck were named state All Rounders for achieving top bands in at least 10 units. 

And in an incredibly rare feat another four students received state rankings for their respective subjects.

Kirsten Gan placed fifth in the state for Modern History and Mitchell Hickson, who hopes to study medicine, came sixth in the state for Biology and attained an ATAR of 99.

“I wasn’t too nervous,” Mitch said. “It was a bit of a shock, but I did better than expected in some things, especially English.”

Brittany Fletcher placed 8th in the state in Design and Technology, and in Standard English - the subject with the highest HSC candidature - Jessica Genders outperformed some 40,000 students to place 18th in NSW.

The Board of Studies allocates just 133 Band 6s to the Standard English cohort.

Jessica received one and class mate Amy Relf was awarded another.

All school subjects performed well-above the state average and a considerable number of students achieved Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks above 97, the school said.

Principal Tim McCosker said the school had done exceptionally well this year.

“It’s always a bit of a nervous wait, but it’s great to see them all do so well,” Mr McCosker said.

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