2022 Academic Success

The Year 12 cohort of 2022 have continued the School's tradition of Academic Success. For detailed insights please refer to the  Academic Success 2022 brochure.

Headmaster Dr David Nockles is “absolutely delighted” for the students and their outstanding effort. Nearly  one-half of the cohort achieved an ATAR over 80 and 25% of students achieved an ATAR of 90 or higher.

“With all the talk of declining educational standards nationally, it is wonderful to see our school consistently bucking this negative trend, especially in our part of Sydney. We have a strong academic culture at Macarthur. We set the bar high and share the students’ joy when they rise to meet the challenges set before them.”

“This cohort have learned many lessons, the most important being that the senior years of schooling is about far more than just studying and memorising content. It is about developing skills to be able to think critically and apply content to different contexts. It is about creating a positive work-life balance, learning from mistakes, and examining feedback carefully. Learning can be and should be uncomfortable at times. When we are uncomfortable this is when we are learning the most.”

The School has consistently ranked in the top 100 schools. Its rank of 99 state-wide out of over 800 schools to have students sit the HSC in 2022 is a wonderful result. “What makes me particularly proud,” said Dr Nockles, “is that we can achieve these terrific results without being academically selective, but welcoming students of all abilities.”

Among Macarthur’s top performers was Rory Clements. Rory achieved 1st in the State for Indonesian Extension and 2nd in the State for Indonesian Continuers. He was also DUX of the cohort and achieved an ATAR of 99.15. Rory is planning on studying a combined degree in Mechatronic Engineering with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Indonesian Studies.

Serena Borg (ATAR 97.20) and Sophie Ristancevski (ATAR 96.75) were deemed ‘Best All-Rounders’, with scores over 90% across 10 units of study. Serena intends to study a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. Sophie will be studying a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance.

Dr Nockles, who has published research on what makes effective schools, advocates that, “Students who balance their academic study with co-curricular, extra-curricular involvement and sport have the greatest opportunity for success in the HSC as they are far more likely to study hard when they are engaged and happy with their wider school life.”

Top Performers
Macarthur was ranked 99th in the State for the number of students who achieved Band 6 or E4 results in at least 10 units. 

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Rory Clements (DUX) - 1st in the State for Indonesian Extension and 2nd in the State for Indonesian Continuers
  • Isaiah Grey - 3rd in the State for Indonesian Extension
  • Rose Jansen - 14th in the State for PDHPE
  • Sophie Ristancevski - 5th in the State for Indonesian Extension.  

NESA Exhibition and Performance Showcases

  • Olivia Driver - Artworks selected for ARTEXPRESS
  • Sophie Ristancevski - Artworks selected for ARTEXPRESS