Congratulations to St Clare's Waverley HSC 2021 cohort

Congratulations to St Clare’s Waverley HSC 2021 cohort.

Congratulations to the St Clare’s College 2021 Year 12 Class on achieving our school’s best HSC results ever!

Sydney Catholic Schools as a system also achieved its best HSC results ever, with 11 of its 33 schools ranked among the top 100 high schools in NSW.

Most excitingly, St Clare’s College Waverley is now ranked 29th in the state and is Sydney Catholic Schools’ best ranked school, recording its sixth consecutive year of improved HSC results, according to latest media rankings.

“These results were the best academic performance in the history of the college,” Kerrie McDiarmid, the Principal of St Clare’s College Waverley, said proudly.

Climbing to greater heights

In the past year, St Clare’s climbed 57 positions in the media rankings, to 29th position in the state (calculated using the ratio of the number of band 6 results to the number of exams sat by the school).

St Clare’s achieved its best 2021 HSC result in Advanced and Extension English – third in NSW – and kudos to Lily Simos who achieved the college’s highest ATAR score of 99.3.

Impressively, Lily also placed 17th in NSW in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE).
St Clare’s placed 9th in the state for Standard English, and 10th for Mathematics Standard.

“In a year of such adversity and uncertainty the dedication and commitment of all members of staff ensured all students met their potential,” Ms McDiarmid said.

“It is a fantastic reward and acknowledgement of our best asset: our teachers and support staff.”

“Success in the HSC comes from a holistic, consistent approach that spans across the school” – Kerrie McDiarmid

System-wide success

To cap off an incredible 2021, 18 Sydney Catholic Schools ranked among the top 150 high schools and confirmed its reputation as one of the top performing systems of schools in Australia.

Sydney Catholic Schools’ unprecedented academic success saw its schools reach new heights with the number of distinguished achievers rising from 2486 in 2019 and 2511 in 2020 to 3115 in 2021.

“What sets us apart is our commitment to ensuring a focus on academic rigour in a learning context that is future focused and as such develops in students the dispositions they will need to be successful in the HSC and beyond” – Kerrie McDiarmid

“In 2021, we had a targeted focus on growth data and introduced a mentoring program that allowed staff to use this data to work with students to help them meet their individual potential,” Ms McDiarmid said.

“We also introduced an alumni academic coaching program, where our 2020 Distinguished Achievers came back to the college and ran HSC workshops after school.”

  • 100% – percentage of courses with scores above stage average
  • 99.3 – the school’s highest ATAR score, achieved by Lily Simos
  • 23 – number of students who achieved an ATAR over 90 (33% of our Year 12 cohort)
  • 33.7% – percentage of band 6 results (compared to 18.2% in 2020)
  • 3 Top Achievers – number of students who achieved one of the highest places in an HSC course or VET examination and also achieved a result in the highest band. They were:
    • Sophie Khov – 6th place in Studies of Religion I
    • Lily Simos – 17th place in PDHPE
    • Hannah Simos – 20th place in PDHPE
  • 6 All Rounders – number of students scoring above 90 in at least 10 units. They were:
    • Immi Barham
    • Stephanie Cannes
    • Jasmine Donnelly
    • Holly Hinds
    • Lily Simos
    • Hannah Simos
  • 110 Distinguished Achievers – Distinguished Achievers lists the students who achieved a result in the highest band (Band 6 or Band E4) for one or more courses, not including results for courses studied external to their school
  • 40 individual Distinguished Achievers – Students receiving a result in the highest band

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