Higher School Certificate Results 2016

2016 09 22 year 12 graduation web 09The HSC results were released to schools on 15th December. Congratulations goes to each of the 113 students of the 2016 cohort who have achieved outstanding results in this year’s HSC examinations. These fine results are a testimony to the hard work of students and staff and the support of parents in their children’s education. The school is a comprehensive non selective school seeking to honour and serve God in all that we do including using academic skills and gifts. The publication of these results is an opportunity to celebrate the gifts and talents God has given to students at the school but it is also a chance to remember the contribution of all the Year 12 students culturally, academically, on the sporting field and in serving and sharing of their faith.

The HSC cohort of 2016 achieved some outstanding results across a wide range of subject areas. There were 113 Year 12 students who completed HSC courses in 2016, 19 Yr 11 Augustine students also completed a selection of courses as part of the Acceleration program. 31 HSC courses were offered at Pacific Hills in 2016.

Some highlights in academic performance were:

  • Two students were placed on the HSC All Round Achievers List for achieving in the highest band in at least 10 units.
    • Christopher Irving
    • Victoria Cooper
  • Pacific Hills’ students achieved 75 Band 6 results (or Band E4) and were mentioned on the Distinguished Achievers List. (This is an improvement on 2015). These top band results were achieved by 41 students of whom 11 were Augustine Acceleration students (Yr 11)
  • 27% of students received Band 6 results in at least one of their subjects, an increase from 2015
  • 19 Augustine students studied Mathematics, Mathematics Extension 1 and Physics and received 16 mentions on the Distinguished Achievers List (Band 6 or E4 results)
  • Top ATAR was 99.35
  • 19 students (17%) at Pacific Hills achieved an ATAR of over 90 which is an increase from 2015.
  • 38% of students received an ATAR of above 80 and increase from 27% in 2015
  • Pacific Hills was placed in the Herald table of the top 150 schools in NSW

Outstanding Band 6 results – a snapshot

  • Above State average in Band E4 English Ext 2 (School 71.42%, State 18.11%) 5 students
  • Above State average in Band E4 History Ext (School 33.33%, State 21.54%) 3 students
  • Above State average in Band 6 Studies of Religion 1 Unit (School 24%, State 13.48%) 6 students
  • Above State average in Band 6 Mathematics 2 Unit (School 27.27%, State 23.13%) 12 students
  • Above State average in Band 6 Legal Studies (School 15.38%, State 12.07%) 2 students
  • Above State average in Band 6 Modern History (School 12.19%, State 9.33%) 5 students
  • Above State average in Band 6 PDHPE (School 13.88%, State 11.1%) 5 students
  • Above State average in Band E4 Mathematics Ext 1 (School 34.61%, State 33.03%) 9 students
  • Above State average in Band 6 Physics (School 9.09%, State 8.32%) 3 students

Subjects receiving outstanding numbers of students in the higher bands e.g.

  • All students in English Extension 1 and English Extension 2 received a Band E3 or E4.
  • All students in Maths Extension 2 received a Band E3 or E4.
  • All students in History Extension received a Band E3 or E4.
  • Physics 42% of students in Bands 5 and 6, well above State Bands 5 and 6 (30%)
  • Modern History Bands 5 and 6 (56%) compared to State Bands 5 and 6 (41%)
  • 11 of 12 students in the Augustine 2 Unit Mathematics class achieved a Band 6

Pacific Hills presented 31 subjects for this year’s HSC. 87% of subjects were at or above State average.

  • English ESL 10.02% above State average
  • Food Technology 6.93% above State average
  • Software 6.62% above State average
  • English Extension 2 6.32% above State average
  • Modern History 5.92% above State average
  • CAFS 4.48% above State average
  • Mathematics 2 unit 3.77% above State average
  • Ancient History 3.54% above State average
  • Physics 3.49 % above State average
  • PDHPE 2.90% above State average
  • Mathematics General 2.71% above State average
  • History Extension 2.55% above State average
  • English Standard 2.44% above State average

Outstanding Performances in Subjects with a Practical Component

  • Mikaela Pike and Ben Cavanagh exhibiting Visual Arts Major Works in 2016 Art Express
  • Ivan Yip and Sam Dearden nominated for Encore (Music 2 Showcase)