2019 HSC Results

St Mary’s Cathedral College Class of 2019 have achieved HSC results that are among the very best in the history of the College.

Students from the College appeared 99 times on the Distinguished Achievers merit list, which recognises students who score in the top band in a subject (a mark of 90% or better). These appearances were shared among 39 students in 25 courses. Expressed as a percentage of papers sat, this figure placed St Mary’s Cathedral College in 82nd place in NSW. This was a jump of more than ten places from last year and makes Cathedral College the best performed boys’ Catholic systemic school in the state.

Four students appeared on the All Rounders merit list. Blaize Farah, Edward Ford, Anthony Haddad, and Oliver Jackson all scored Band 6 results in ten or more units of the HSC. Among the uniformly excellent results of this quartet, Edward Ford finished 4th in the state in History Extension with a mark of 50/50 and Blaize Farah finished 8th in English Extension I with 49/50. These students joined Marcus D’Alessio and Andrew Stuart, who finished equal 7th in Construction Examination, on the Top Achievers merit list.

The tremendous results achieved by students were reflected in the ATARs, which are the means by which students are offered tertiary study places. While not all ATARs are currently available, at least 22 students received an ATAR of 90 or above. The ATARs of Blaize Farah (99.60), Edward Ford (99.60), Anthony Haddad (99.55), and Oliver Jackson (99.35) are particularly noteworthy and quite unprecedented for the College, but many students received ranks far in excess of their expectations.

In addition to results connected with the formal examinations, many students have had their work acknowledged by nomination and selection in the various NESA showcases for practical works. Perrin Ford’s composition for Music Extension will be performed as part of the Encore! showcase. Ryan Cussen’s Visual Arts Body of Work will be exhibited at ArtExpress. Nine students had their Industrial Technology works nominated for inclusion in Shape and InTech. Edward Ford’s History Extension Personal Research Project was Runner Up in the HTA/University of Sydney History Extension prize.

None of the results achieved by the Class of 2019 would have been possible without the work of the College’s teaching staff. Both the teachers with HSC classes and those teachers that prepared the students in earlier years deserve commendation and recognition for their tireless efforts and their determination to help every student achieve the best possible result.

We congratulate all the members of the Class of 2019 on their successes, both collective and individual, and look forward to acknowledging the students at an Academic Assembly early in 2020.

2018 HSC Results

The St Mary’s Cathedral College Class of 2018 continued the tradition of achieving outstanding HSC results. From a cohort of 97 students, 40 candidates appeared at least once on the Premier’s Distinguished Achievers list, which requires students to achieve a Band 6 (a mark above 90) in an individual subject. Students from the College recorded a total of 86 appearances on the list, with a further three notional Band 6 results. When expressed as a percentage of courses examined, this result placed the College in 90th position in the state; consequently we are among the state’s best performing non-selective boys’ schools.

Students who achieved one or more Band 6 results were: Liam Barrett, Luka Belobrajdic, Patrick Benfield, Thomas Canavan, Joshua Cordovado, Albert Dahman, Ryley Davar, Eugene De Rooy, Max Donati, Joseph Doyle, Sebastian Gajda, Mark Giuffrida, Saxon Glasser, Elias Haddad, Sam Haifa, Hugo Hayman, Adrian Huynh, Andrew Kannan, Joshua Karadaghian, Lichaa Kasses, John Koch, Gerard Louis, Aaron Mak, Luka Medanic, Benjamin Menzie, Jayden Mifsud, Steven Milogiannakis, Javier Mobellan, Joshua Newman, John Papagelis, Nivodh Seneviratne, Joshua Sy, Adrian Sze, Justin Tran, Christopher Ursino, Robert White, and Sam Wrigley. An indicator of the cohort’s success is that 84 students (out of 97) were offered a place in university for 2019.

Elias Haddad was listed on the All-round Achievers merit list, having achieved a result in the highest band possible (Band 6 or Band E4) in 10 or more units of courses attempted. We are also proud of  Javier Mobellan (Music 2), Sam Haifa (Studies of Religion I) and John Papagelis (Modern Greek Beginners) who were placed first in course in the Sydney Diocese.

Amazingly, Cathedral students scored an average mark above the state average in 25 of the 30 courses offered. Courses with notable above-state-averages included Ancient History (8.01), Construction (5.67), English Standard (5.46), Industrial Technology (14.8), Modern History (10.5), Music 1 (7.7), PDHPE (5.14), and SOR 2 (7.58) .

The College is equally proud of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) achieved by many of our students. This rank is used by students to attain places in universities. Twenty-one students received an ATAR over 90. We congratulate all these students. Special mention goes to Elias Haddad, the College Dux of 2018, who received  an ATAR of 99.60. Other students who received an ATAR above 90 were Nivodh Seneviratne (98.00), Thomas Canavan (97.30), Liam Barrett (97.20), Adrian Huynh (97.20), Mark Giuffrida (96.85),Gerard Louis (96.40), Eugene De Rooy (96.30), Joseph Doyle (95.85), Luka Belobrajdic (94.45), Sam Haifa (94.35), John Papagelis (94.35), Javier Mobellan (94.250, Adrian Sze (93.00), Justin Tran (92.55), Lichaa Kasses (92.15), Andrew Kennedy (91.90), Joshua Sy (90.45), Saxon Glasser (90.35), Andrew Kim (90.20), and Sebastian Gajda (90.10)

Congratulations to Peter Anagnostopoulos, Joshua Cordovado, Albert Dahman, Max Donati, John Kassiou, John Koch, Luka Medanic, Nivodh Seneviratne, Adrian Sze, (all Graphics) and Joe-Anthony Carrozza (Multimedia),  for their nominations for the InTech and Shape showcases celebrating the 2018 elite major works in Industrial Technology.

Once again, I wish to congratulate the class of 2018 on their hard work and commendable results. It is worth noting that these results would not have been achieved without the excellent guidance from the Cathedral staff.

Mr Jason Marks
Leader of Learning, Curriculum

 

2017 HSC Results

The St Mary’s Cathedral College Class of 2017 continued the tradition of achieving outstanding HSC results. From a cohort of 96 students, 34 candidates appeared at least once on the Premier’s Distinguished Achievers list, which requires students to achieve a Band 6 (a mark above 90) in an individual subject. Students from the College recorded a total of 70 appearances on the list, with a further four notional Band 6 results. When expressed as a percentage of courses examined, this result placed the College in 118th position in the state, and among the state’s best performing non-selective boys’ schools. Boys who received results in the highest band were: Terence Au, Sergio Barca, Ryan Beetson, Harrison Carr, Thomas Cherian, Leonard Chung, Will Devenish, Paulo Franks, Max Furby, Jonathan Green, Seth Gripton, Damien Ha, William Hack, Jonathan Harris, Jarrod Houbert, Nicholas Jacobs, Daniel Jajcevic, Christopher Kartsiotis, Matthew Mallos, Joel Marks, Angus McGregor, Conor McLynsky, Juan Simon Mendoza, Nicholas Mooney, Benjamin Morrison, Markus Nasser, Conor Nastasi, Daniel Roth, Michael Salem, Ivan Siljeg, Thomas Sweeney, Daniel Tedjasendjaja, Billy Vasiliou, and Edward Wong

Furthermore, the College received two mentions on NESA’s Top Achievers list for students who have gained one of the top places in a HSC course. Congratulations to Daniel Jajcevic for his seventh place in Industrial technology and Billy Vasiliou for his fifth place in Construction. We are also proud of Daniel Jajcevic (Industrial Technology), Sergio Barca (Music 2 and Music Extension), Paolo Franks (Music Extension), Thomas Sweeney (PDHPE), and Billy Vasiliou (Construction) all of whom achieved the highest HSC mark within the Sydney diocese for their respective course.

Cathedral students scored an average mark above the state average in 24 of the 25 courses offered. Courses with notable above-state-averages included Biology (5.8), Industrial Technology (15.13), Mathematics (5.58), Mathematics General (5.99), Music 1 (5.05), PDHPE (6.57), Studies of Religion (9.02) and Visual Arts (5.31).

The College is equally proud of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) achieved by many of our students. This rank is used by students to attain places in universities. Eighteen students received an ATAR over 90. We congratulate all these students. Special mention is due to Angus McGregor, the College Dux of 2016, who received an ATAR of 97.40. Other students who received an ATAR above 90 were: Terence Au (97.2), Thomas Sweeney (97.15), Joel Marks (96.5), Daniel Jajcevic (96.35), Markus Nasser (96.25), Conor Nastasi (95.45), William Hack (95.1), Edward Wong (94.7), Romani Mikhail (94.6), Nicholas Mooney (94.1), Thomas Cherian (94.05), Ivan Siljeg (93.6), Damian Ha (93.25), Nicholas Jacobs (92.95), William Devenish (92.6), Conor McLynskey (92.45), and Harrison Carr (91.25).

Congratulations are also due to Sergio Barca who received a nomination for Encore, which is a program which acknowledges outstanding performances, compositions and musicology by students from their HSC Music examinations; and to Matthew Mallos (Multimedia), Kevin Al-Haddad (Graphics), Daniel Jajcevic (Graphic), Christopher Kartsiotis (Timber), Daniel Roth (Graphics), and Michael Salem (Graphics) whose works were nominated for InTech and Shape, showcases celebrating the elite major works in Industrial Technology. Nicholas Mooney (Multimedia) was not only nominated but will present his work at Shape.

Once again, I wish to congratulate the class of 2017 on their hard work and commendable results. It is worth noting that these results would not have been achieved without the excellent guidance from the Cathedral staff.

Mr Jason Marks
Leader of Learning, Curriculum