2017 Academic Success

Macarthur’s Year 12 students have once again excelled in the 2017 HSC, demonstrating Macarthur’s proven success in academic excellence.  Dr Nockles is thrilled because, “These outstanding results reflect Macarthur’s strong academic culture in which the strengths of all students are optimised. Students are encouraged to have a positive growth mindset, be agile thinkers and consistently work to improve their personal best.”

Noah Gray is to be congratulated as the 2017 Dux of Macarthur with an ATAR of 99.35.  Among the top performers, Julia Kokic (ATAR 99.25) achieved 1st in the State in both Indonesian Continuers and Indonesian Extension.  Kaitlin Taylor (ATAR 99.05) achieved 2nd in the State in Indonesian Extension and 3rd in the State in Indonesian Continuers. Stephanie Hennings (ATAR 95) achieved 7th in the State in Geography.  Julia and Kaitlin, along with Cate Ward (ATAR  99) have been recognised as ‘All Rounders’ for attaining Band 6/E4 results in at least 10 units.

Over one fifth of students who presented for the HSC in 2017 attained ATARs of 90 and over with 7% of students gaining ATARs of 98 and above.  42% of students achieved an ATAR of 80 or higher with 33% achieving an ATAR of 85 and over.  67% of the 2017 cohort attained an ATAR of 70 and above and 88% attained an ATAR of 60 and above.

88% of the Macarthur graduates have been offered Early Entry at various universities, while others have been offered academic, research or leadership scholarships. 32% of Macarthur students have been recognised as Distinguished Achievers for attaining Band 6 or E4 results and 82% of students gained Band 5 or E3 results. Students also appeared on the HSC Honour roll 60 times.

Macarthur students are planning to study a wide range of courses including Medicine, Languages and Politics, Space Engineering, Psychology, Nursing,  Advanced Maths and Science, Law,  Agricultural Business, Construction and Management, Computer Science and Education.

These academic results owe themselves in large part to the programmes the School has in place for its students.  The School provided interested Year 12 students with Study Coaches.  These coaches include Kindergarten -Year 6 teachers,  Administration and Executive staff as well as the Years 7-12 teachers.  Students were also encouraged to adopt a ‘study buddy’ for each of their subjects and work together collaboratively.

Students found the different learning spaces in the IRC beneficial to their myriad of learning styles. “Champ Camp” – a week-long study camp provided students with time and teacher expertise for students to hone their skills and understanding before sitting the HSC.

Students were also encouraged to balance their academic study with co-curricular involvement and sport as research shows that students who are engaged at school are more likely to be happy and confident, and achieve better HSC results.

A concept that students consistently encounter on School Camps is learning to move out of their comfort zone.  This is applied to each of their subjects. We know that students will experience discomfort when they are floundering with difficult content but we also know that this is when their brain will be wired for deep learning.  It is pleasing to note that as a non-selective School, Macarthur has encouraged all students to excel and attain their personal best.

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