Parkes Christian School (PCS) is celebrating another year of outstanding HSC results with Creative and Performing Arts coming to the fore this year.
In just the fifth year of delivering the HSC, the school is very proud of the results achieved by the 2019 cohort.
Students achieved Band 5 and 6 results in Advanced and Extension English, Business Studies, Drama, Music 1, PDHPE, Software Design and Development, and Visual Arts.
Ella Richards capped off a memorable year by achieving a Band 6 in Visual Arts after submitting an impressive series of paintings for her major work.
She also achieved Band 5 in Advanced English, Drama and Music 1, demonstrating her outstanding ability in the Creative and Performing Arts.
Ella also achieved an E3 in English Extension 1, in which she received 41/50 in an extremely demanding and academic course. She will now be able to gain direct entry into a Graphic Design Course in Sydney next year.
Chloe Hill also achieved some excellent results, securing Band 5 in Business Studies and PDHPE.
She also performed extremely well in English Advanced and Mathematics, which will put her in a good position to undertake her chosen university study. She had already gained entry to a number of courses through the Schools Recommendation Scheme.
There were also some outstanding results for students completing their first year of Compressed Curriculum.
This method sees students sit Year 11 and Year 12 in one year for three subjects, before doing the same for three more subjects the following year rather than doing six subjects over two years.
Because students only have to concentrate on three subjects at once, it allows for more focused learning and less stress for HSC students.
This method has certainly proved successful, with students being far less stressed throughout the year compared to past students.
Grace Prow received a Band 5 in Music 1 and just missed another Band 5 in Multimedia, while Christopher Cox achieved Band 5 for Business Studies and Software Design and Development.
Tanya Onserio was another student to show her prowess in the Creative Arts with a Band 5 in Music 1.
These three students will complete the second half of their HSC next year.
High School Coordinator Greg Ballantyne was thrilled with the results.
“As a school we are really pleased for Ella and Chloe. Their results are the product of many hours of hard work and dedication,” he said.
“But the rest of the group have also done extremely well and have bright futures ahead of them.”
“Every student who applied for early entry to university received an offer, maintaining our 100% record over the past five 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 here 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.”