Arden Students Excel in 2015 HSC!

Posted on February 10, 2016

Arden Anglican School community has continued the fine tradition that has developed in achieving solid HSC results this year.  The School is proud of both the significant individual and collective achievements of all students of the Class of 2015. 

The School’s ATAR scores for the 2015 cohort were again outstanding, providing students with access to a wide range of courses.

  • 48% of students achieved an ATAR higher than 80
  • 20% of students achieved an ATAR higher than 90
  • 8% of students achieved an ATAR higher than 95
  • Arden Dux, Kevin Yu, achieved an ATAR of 98.80, placing him in the top 1.20% of the State.

Points of Excellence

  • 39% of students recognised in Distinguished Achievers List for achieving a score of 90 or above in one or more subjects.
  • 89% of students qualifying for an ATAR attained either a Band 5, Band 6, or equivalent award in at least one of the examinations completed, showing the depth, strength and consistency of the students’ results. 
  • Arden ranked 100th top school overall in NSW based on the measure of excellence reported in the Press (the number of students gaining a Band 6 result in any subject)
  • Arden ranked 10th school in NSW out of the Independent Co-educational Schools.
  • 87% of the 31 courses offered on-campus at Arden were placed above the State mean.
  • 75% of Arden courses achieved a top band result (Band 6/E4).
  • Two students were recognised on the All Rounders list by achieving a Band 6/E4 in all their courses:  Kevin Yu and Hannah Bradshaw.
  • Matthew Jigalin achieved 1st in the State in Industrial Technology and was selected for inclusion in InTech 2016 and has been accepted into Shape 2015.
  • Ryan Atkins achieved 7th in the State in Drama.
  • Ryan Atkins had his 2015 Industrial Technology project selected for inclusion in InTech 2016 and was also nominated for OnStage.  
  • Sebastian Madden was nominated for Encore (still awaiting final results).
  • Tahlia Kho and Samantha Wiltshire completed the course, Visual Arts/Intensive Studio Practice through the National Art School.
  • 22% of Mathematics exams were recognised in the Honour Roll for achieving a top band result.
  • 11% of English exams were recognised in the Honour Roll for achieving a top band result.

Commenting on the 2015 results, Arden’s Principal, Mr Graham Anderson, shared:  “We have had an enjoyable two days celebrating excellent results with staff and students.  Many students attended our HSC barbecue lunch and certainly rejoiced in the success of others.  But what was really pleasing to observe was the collegiality of our cohort and their interest on which pathways others would be travelling.
“The statistics reflect excellent student achievement, of which I am very proud.  Once again, ATARs achieved should be most conducive for Tertiary entrance, results of which will be released in January.  There is also a greater emphasis appearing on early entry offer equivalents, which is a pleasing aspect of a more competitive tertiary sector.
“However, what I am most pleased about thus far has been the narrative amongst all the students whom we have seen in the last couple of days who seem satisfied with their results and now have the opportunity to make the transition to their desired course/further study or work etc; and indeed have the opportunity to make a significant difference in the world in future service and leadership, the need for which has certainly been highlighted again this year.  The Year 12’s education has grounded them in the Christian faith in order to be the Arden graduate the world needs them to be.”

Discussing the students’ success, Mr Joshua Harnwell, Arden’s Director of Teaching and Learning commented:  “This year’s students have been a mixture of specialization with fantastic results for individual students and also a general positive result for the cohort that has been a result of students working together with each other as we have developed a positive learning community amongst the student body.  Congratulations must go to Matthew Jigalin (1st in Industrial Technology) and Ryan Atkins (7th in Drama).  There were particularly pleasing results in Community and Family Studies, English Extension 1 and Extension 2, Mathematics (2 Unit, Extension 1 and 2), Studies of Religion I, which highlights the mature approach that students have had to their learning – being concerned with their own progress, but also the progress of others in their class.  It was particularly pleasing to hear the positive discussion at the ATAR BBQ surrounding desired and potential pathways to follow beyond life at school.”