15 December 2017
Tara Anglican School for Girls is delighted to congratulate the Year 12 students of 2017 on an outstanding performance in the Higher School Certificate (HSC).
Individual and subject performances this year were amongst the School’s very best over the past decade and they stand as tribute to the hard work and high aspirations of students and staff alike.
“The Year 12 2017 students are warmly congratulated on their results in the Higher School Certificate Examinations. The examinations are the final step in the school journey and it has been a great privilege to walk with the Tara young women as we have watched them thrive in their learning and development as young women. We celebrate with them as their results are released and they begin their life beyond the school gates,” said Principal, Mrs Susan Middlebrook.
We congratulate Lian Yang, who was dux of the School, with a superb overall result of Tara’s top ATAR. In addition, we congratulate her on gaining a place on the All Round Achievers’ List for attaining over 90 in 10 or more of her units. Lian has most notably excelled in mathematics during her time at Tara, attending the National Mathematics Summer School, hosted by the Australian National University, in Year 12 where students are selected from the top few percent of students in Australia.
The following students are to be congratulated on gaining strong individual results in the state:
- Dominique Clarke nominated for Art Express (Visual Arts)
- Annie Xiao has placed second in History Extension and received one of Tara’s top ATARs
- Isabelle Joy Stott awarded History Extension Essay Excellence Prize (HTA)
- Natasha Gesto who has received early entrance to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for tertiary study
- Akanksha Singh and Maddison Stubbs who have been awarded a prestigious 2018 Bond University Excellence Scholarship. This scholarship is given to students who demonstrate high academic achievement, leadership skills & community involvement.
Likewise, we congratulate our other top ATAR students, Kate Quadrio; Jacqueline Adams; Lily Sommer who realised her dream by self-publishing her debut novel, ‘Hide and Seek’, during her time at Tara; Annaliese Fuggle; and Amber Zhang.
Once again this year upper band results in the great majority of subjects were well beyond state percentages in Bands 5 and 6, with especially strong performances in the following subjects in which Band 6 percentages significantly exceed the state percentages. Students taking Ancient History, Drama, Food Technology, Legal Studies, Mathematics General 2, Mathematics Extension 2, History Extension, Music 1, PDHPE, Visual Arts, and Hospitality attained at least double the state average of Band 6 results, while English Extension 2, Music 1, Music 2, Music Extension, Japanese, Japanese Extension had 100% of students achieving in the top two Bands. Overall the effort from staff and students saw 27 courses achieve above the state average.
As a non-selective school, Tara is especially proud that students gained 88 places on the HSC Honour Roll for top Band results, with 39 students earning a place on the Distinguished Achievers’ List (PDF 170.1KB) for attaining 90% or more in at least one of their subjects.
“As educators, we care deeply about providing the best education we can possibly imagine for students. An excellent academic standard is important, but so too is enabling students to think deeply about all of their subjects, so that they are curious, passionate, articulate, resilient and thoughtful young women. While we have presented you with some of the highlights of the Class of 2017 results, we are so very pleased for every Tara girl and who she has become, in addition to anything the HSC results may demonstrate,” said Mrs Middlebrook.