Parkes Christian School is celebrating another year of very pleasing HSC results, with their Compressed Curriculum structure being of huge benefit to their students despite the challenges of COVID.
Compressed Curriculum sees students sit three HSC subjects when they are in Year 11, followed by another three in Year 12.
This structure allows students to focus on fewer subjects at a time, with double the amount of class time provided for each subject. This intensive pattern of study means that students have far better recall of course content during their exams.
This was especially beneficial during lockdown, with students having fewer subjects to focus on during such a difficult time.
In just their seventh year of delivering the HSC, the school is very proud of the results achieved by their 2021 cohort.
All students who applied for early entry schemes were successful in securing positions, while other students have already moved into employment or traineeships.
Students achieved the most Band 5 results in a single year for the school, coming in Business Studies, Engineering Studies, Multimedia and Music 1.
Among the Year 12 students who completed their studies this year, Thomas Unger had a very strong finish to his HSC with Band 5 results in Business Studies and Engineering Studies. This adds to excellent results last year in English Advanced, Design and Technology, and Physics.
Thomas has a number of options open to him to further his studies in Engineering, or any other areas of interest such as Agricultural Science, for which he has received an early entry offer.
Laura Hall-Matthews also had another fantastic year, adding Band 5s in Business Studies and Multimedia to her Band 5 in Visual Arts last year. She has been offered a place in Bachelor of Business, and is sure to pursue this interest along with her creative talents in media production and photography.
Talesha Ellis will be able to pursue her goals of becoming a History teacher after completing another successful year of study, with a Band 5 in Business Studies and strong results in Mathematics and History Extension.
Among the Year 11 students, there were outstanding results in Music, with Tyler Boland, Leilani Lavaka and Jordan Powter all achieving Band 5.
Kaitlyn Stevenson also scored a Band 5 in Multimedia, and narrowly missed a Band 5 in Music.
These students will complete the second half of their HSC in 2022.
High School Coordinator Greg Ballantyne was thrilled with the results.
"As a school we are really pleased for our HSC students. Their results are the product of many hours of hard work and dedication," he said.
"Our entire cohort has done extremely well and managed the challenges of covid so well. If they can navigate at-home learning throughout their HSC and still succeed, then they can do anything!
"Every student who applied for early entry to university received an offer, maintaining our 100 per cent record over the past seven years.
"We work hard as a staff to give our students the best possible opportunities to succeed, so it is nice to see them taking those opportunities.
"But at the end of the day, it is the students who have done the hard work and need to take all the credit for their achievements. We're just there to help them along the way.
"The thing I'm most pleased with is that every student seemed to be very happy throughout their HSC, enjoyed being at school, had time to pursue other interests and hobbies, and learned a lot about being people of good character and integrity.
"These are the things that will stay with them throughout their lives."
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