Heads Held High at Hunter Public Schools

Plenty of reasons to celebrate the HSC success of Hunter public schools.

 Plenty of heartwarming stories are emerging from Hunter public schools following the release of 2020 Higher School Certificate results.

NSW Education Secretary Mark Scott paid tribute to every student who had completed their HSC in 2020.

Considering the particular challenges of 2020, we are extremely proud of every student who has shown the determination and resilience to achieve their best and finish their HSC,” Mr Scott said.

They now leave school with the skills to embark upon a successful life, no matter what they choose next.”

Executive Director Regional North Tim McCallum commended all Hunter students on completing their HSC in a year that has brought a unique set of challenges.

Mr McCallum said many students were already enjoying the fruits of their labour as they embark on apprenticeships, traineeships or other employment while others have been assured of an early entry place at university.

There are certainly plenty of reasons to celebrate,” Mr McCallum said.

Parents and teachers can certainly share their pride as they look back on 13 years of schooling and how the students have been rewarded for their efforts.

These results are sealing students’ personal goals and will be a solid foundation for their next step to further study or employment.”

Executive Director Regional North and West Lisa Muir said the release of HSC merit lists today by the NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA – which administers the HSC) has brought a whole new dimension to celebrations.

There have been some exceptional results and everyone who has been recognised on a NESA achievement rankings list deserves special congratulations,” Ms Muir said.

I am particularly delighted with the spread of schools across the Hunter that have been noted for their achievements.

It really highlights how our Hunter public schools focus on individual students to achieve their best across the full spectrum of abilities and aspirations.”

Mr McCallum applauded the accomplishment of four Hunter students who topped the state:

  • Rayna Lamack, Lambton High School, English Standard
  • Zeraphina Freeman, Merewether High School, French Beginners
  • Andy Kinkade, Hunter Institute, Newcastle Campus, Electrotechnology Examination
  • Genevieve Ball, Merewether High School, Ancient History

He congratulated fifteen students who were declared All-Rounders2 because they scored a top band result in ten or more units:

  • Merewether High School: Genevieve Ball, Christopher Beck, Luca Borserio, Martyn Cox, Mackenzie Gilligan, Harrison Lack, Madeleine Lock, Liam Prince, James Punch, Vihan Roy, Amy Tan and Xin Yang
  • Lambton High School: Jacob Carson, Rayna Lamack
  • Warners Bay High School: Khiara Langham.

Mr McCallum and Ms Muir also praised the 23 Hunter students who ranked as Top Achievers1, and commended the 28 Hunter public schools where students earned at least one top band to make them a Distinguished Achiever3.

They were:

Dungog High School

Gloucester High School

Muswellbrook High School

Scone High School

Singleton High School

Kurri Kurri High School

Mount View High School

West Wallsend High School

Irrawang High School

Tomaree High School

Maitland Grossmann High School

Maitland High School

Rutherford High School

Glendale High School

Callaghan College Jesmond Campus

Kotara High School

Cardiff High School

Warners Bay High School

Lambton High School

Newcastle High School

Hunter School of Performing Arts

Merewether High School

Whitebridge High School

Belmont High School

Swansea High School

Toronto High School

Morisset High School

Lake Munmorah High School

NESA definitions:
  1. Top Achievers– students in the top places in each course (provided their result is also in the top band)
  2. All-round Achievers – students who are Distinguished Achievers in courses totalling 10 or more units.
  3. Distinguished Achievers – students who have received a top band result in one or more course