INTERACTIVE GRAPH: Narooma High School students blitz the HSC

THE principal and teachers at Narooma High School are justifiably proud of the results of this year’s students who sat the High School Certificate.

The HSC results for the 62 students sitting 26 different courses at Narooma High School this year came in today.

There were Band 6 and Band 5 results, 90 and 80 per cent or higher respectively, in 22 of those courses.

Narooma High School students were awarded a total of 18 Band 6’s and 42 Band 5’s, which is average of one Band 5 or 6 per student.

There were 10 students who received at least one Band 6 and four students received multiple Band 6 results.

“They performed really strongly and I am very, very happy with the results,” principal Tony Fahey said.

“Out of the 26 subjects at the school, we performed better than the State average in 10 of them and of the other 16, 12 were quite acceptable.”

Topping the list was Amy Spurgeon, who received four Band 6’s in Ancient History, Drama, English advanced and English extension. She also received a Band 5 in Chemistry and a Band 6 in Accelerated Maths that she completed last year.

Nathan Batten received Band 6’s in Music and Industrial Technology-Timber, while Annie Tyler received Band 6’s in English advanced and English extension.

Callum McLennan was also the first student at Narooma High to receive a Band 6 in English standard, of which only around 130 are awarded in NSW, and he also got a Band 6 in Physical Development Health and Physical Education.

“It’s an absolutely outstanding effort to get the Band 6 in English standard as they are as rare as hen’s teeth,” Mr Fahey said.

Khan Schroder-Turner meanwhile got a Band 6 in Music and five Band 5’s in different courses.

The school’s Industrial Technology-Timber class meanwhile received four Band 6’s and one Band 5 with top scores going to Tim Watson, Lachlan Carey, Nathan Batten and Alex Krantz.

The four Band 6’s in music were attained by Jaymin Lobo, Connor Ross, Khan Schroder-Turner and Nathan Batten.

Mr Fahey credited all the teachers for helping the students reach their potential, singling out teachers such as Mr Zideluns and Mr Efraemson who worked wonders with their woodworking and music students respectively.

Also singled out for praise was Ms Thomson with her Standard and Extension English classes. She has been amazingly consistent with her results over the years and getting a student to Band 6 in Standard English this year has been a real peak moment.

“Year in year out all the teachers do an amazing job with the students, who turn in assignments and the next day the teachers have marked them and given feedback,” he said.

“They give up their lunches, come in on their time after school and during the holidays run revision courses for the students.”

Mr Fahey wished all the students well in their future endeavours and said most of them would be able to study whatever they wanted.

The ATAR or tertiary entrance scores were only be received by the individual students on Friday, so the school didn’t know the Dux of the School yet.

Amy Spurgeon did however receive an ATAR score of 96.6, continuing the family tradition of academic excellent.

Her brother was just named the Dux of Narooma Public School, the same award she got back when graduating primary school.

Amy attributed her success to the hard work of her teachers, singling out Mr Vukobratovich, Mrs Sultana, Ms Thomson, Todd Helton and Mr Beaver.

She plans to attend university in Melbourne studying for a bachelor of arts in English and theatre.

Her advice to future HSC students was to start studying hard at the beginning of the year and not to wait until just before the exams, and a timetable of study as provided by Ms Thomson was a big help.

“Also do subjects that you are interested in and like,” she said.

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