2019 Academic Success

Macarthur Anglican School’s Year 12 students have excelled in 2019 having achieved some of the School’s best ever HSC results. Over one-third of this year’s cohort achieved an ATAR over 90 and 60% of students received an ATAR of over 80.

The Headmaster, Dr David Nockles is once again “absolutely delighted” for the students and their outstanding effort.

“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.”

Although the School has consistently ranked in the top 100 schools in New South Wales, it achieved its best performance this year with a rank of 57 state-wide. This places Macarthur in the top 7% of all schools sitting students for the Higher School Certificate. “What makes me particularly proud,” said Dr Nockles, is that we can achieve these terrific results without being an academically selective school, but welcoming students of all abilities.”

Among Macarthur’s top performers was its School Captain Isaiah Kezelos. Isaiah achieved 1st in the State in Indonesian Extension, 5th in the State in Indonesian Continuers and 7th in Music 1. Isaiah was also Equal DUX of the cohort together with fellow student Shivani Mistry. Both students achieved an ATAR of 99.35 and were also deemed ‘Best All Rounders’ with scores over 90% across 10 units of study.

Other successful students included Morgan Reidy (5th in English Extension 1), Lara Lindsay (3rd in Indonesian Extension) and Tiffany Lee-Walker (5th in Mathematics Standard 2).

Macarthur’s top achievers have studied a wide variety of courses from the 37 subjects offered at HSC level. For most subjects, the results are well above the State Average with Agriculture, Ancient History, Biology, Design and Technology, Drama, Geography, Information Processes and Technology, Legal Studies, Mathematics Standard 2, Music 1, Physics, PDHPE, Modern History, Society and Culture, Visual Arts and Indonesian Continuers leading the field.

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 effectively when they’re engaged and happy with their wider school life.”

81% of Macarthur’s students received early university offers and some have received academic scholarships. 60% of Macarthur students have been recognised as Distinguished Achievers for attaining Band 6 or E4 results and 89% of students gained Band 5 or E3 results and above. Students also appeared on the HSC Honour Roll 94 times.

Isaiah is looking for a future in Actuarial Studies at Macquarie University, while Shivani will be pursuing a Medical Science degree at UNSW.  But in this Macarthur cohort the study plans are wide and varied and include Medicine, Engineering, Law, Business, Nursing, Economics, Psychology, Agriculture and Teaching.

“Our School motto is Enter to Learn, Go Out to Serve,’” said Isaiah. “Many of us see our futures in serving our local community with the skills we have gained at school and will develop further at university.” In a similar vein, Dr Nockles remarked, “It’s not just about the great results. Education is about the formation of character and in the 2019 cohort we have it in spades!”