In the state of NSW, Australia, girls have dominated the list of top performers. They are topping the state in their HSC results. Of 107 students who achieved the best marks in the state for one of their courses, nearly two-thirds were girls. What is the world coming to ??? ; )
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President of the NSW Board of Studies Tom Alegounarias said the figures reflected statistics in the Western world, where the retention rate is higher for girls and where girls are more likely to take language-based courses.
NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli presented the awards to 107 students today at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney, noting that the examination results were world class and the top students stood on an international stage.
"It's internationally regarded, and it's through the good work of Tom and the Board of Studies that makes sure that we keep it as an internationally regarded credential.
"But today, really, is about those 107 young people out there today excelling in their chosen subjects, and it's a great opportunity to acknowledge their hard work and their achievements," Mr Piccoli said.
The minister said he was also pleased to see a strong showing from regional areas. More than 20 of the students in the First in Course list are from regional areas, and two were living internationally: Edwin Guyandi, from the IPEKA International Christian School in Malaysia, came first in software design and development; and Yathushiya Mahenthirarasa had an outside tutor and topped Tamil continuers.
Most of the high achievers came from Sydney schools, including Yu Ying Shirley Huang from Baulkham Hills High School for English extension 1; Emme Louise Hoy from Northern Beaches Secondary College – Manly Campus for English extension 2; Daniel Altman from Emanuel School for mathematics extension 1; and Timothy Large from Sydney Grammar School for mathematics extension 2. Rohan Lucio Curtotti from Canberra Grammar School topped Latin extension.
Eight students were the best in more than one subject: Thomas Grainger from St Pauls Catholic College in Greystanes topped ancient history and business studies; Timothy Large from Sydney Grammar topped classical Greek continuers and mathematics extension 2, while his classmate Harry Stratton shared top honours in classical Greek continuers but also topped classical Greek extension and Latin continuers; Miranda Middleton from Pymble Ladies College was the best in French continuers and French extension; Jacob Neale from Hunter School of Performing Arts excelled in music 2 and music extension; Lauren Gaudion from St Catherine's School was best in Indonesian continuers and Indonesian extensions; Ariella Naumburger from Moriah College topped classical Hebrew continuers and classical Hebrew extension; Minh Thuy Thai from Canley Vale High School excelled in English as a second language and Vietnamese continuers.
p/s I deliberately left in the school names where the top achievers were from as I am aware that many parents are keen to send their kids to Sydney for their Year 9-12 studies.