Year in, year out, Coonabarabran High School students continue to achieve strong Higher School Certificate (HSC) results - and 2015 has been no different.
Approximately 70,000 young people across NSW woke to news of their HSC results on Wednesday, 16 December, including the local cohort of 42 students.
The school recorded 20 individual Band 6 marks (above 90) in a wide range of subjects areas.
Amazingly, Graham Enks’ entire engineering studies class received Band 6 results, with Stephen Sanders placing 10th overall in the state on 96 and earning him a place on the Top Achievers List.
Stephen also secured a Band 6 for physics and hopes to study a Bachelor of Science at the University of NSW next year.
Outgoing school captain, David Tighe, collected Band 6’s for engineering studies, advanced English, English extension 1, legal studies and PD/H/PE.
David said it was a relief to finally receive his HSC results.
“It was a year-long effort, staying disciplined and focused, but the results reflect the work I put in,” David said.
“However, the teachers at Coona High are extremely dedicated - they really do go above and beyond, running study sessions and holiday tutorials.”
Having recently completed the final interview stage of his application to study medicine at the University of NSW, David will learn the outcome in January when university offers are announced.
Future University of Sydney media and communications student, Jessie Doolan, also cleaned up, registering five Band 6 marks for advanced English, earth and environmental science, ancient history, modern history and English extension 1.
Jessie said he was surprised with his results, which exceeded his expectations.
Caitlyn McHugh gained a Band 6 for engineering studies, PD/H/PE and advanced English.
She is looking at studying physiotherapy at the University of Newcastle in 2016.
Luke Edwards, who is considering medical science as a career path, achieved a Band 6 in chemistry and earth and environmental science.
Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, said it was an exciting and nerve- wracking day for HSC students.
“I wish them all the very best for their next step, whether it’s a gap year, employment, university or TAFE,” Mr Piccoli said.
“The HSC is internationally recognised and provides students with the academic foundation for success after school.”
For many students, their HSC results lead straight into further study based on their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) ranking, which were released on Thursday, 17 December.
“To those students who have met or exceeded their own expectations, congratulations,” Mr Piccoli said.
“But if your results aren’t what you were hoping for, there are plenty of alternative pathways.
“The HSC is not the be all and end all and there are plenty of options to pursue your chosen career.”
Outgoing Year 12 Coonabarabran High School students Meg Meier, Bella Willoughby, Luke Edwards, Jessie Doolan, Stephen Sanders, Caitlyn McHugh and David Tighe were thrilled with their Higher School Certificate (HSC) results on Wednesday, 16 December.