IGS Class of 2019 high flyers share HSC tips

Seeking feedback from teachers, keeping things in perspective, and putting in effort to reap rewards were among their top tips.

2019 Dux and all-round achiever IGS Dux Ana-Sofia Petrovic was honoured at a recent HSC Celebration assembly. Ana came second in the State for English Extension 2, second in the State for Italian Extension, and fifth in the State for French Extension in the 2019 HSC.

Ana was unable to join the assembly as she was attending her first session as a first-year student at Arts/Law at the University of Sydney.

“Ana just loved to learn,” Principal Shauna Colnan told the assembly, adding that Ana chose the subjects which most interested her, including humanities and languages.

“Ultimately, the students who tend to do best have gone past worrying about their marks. They are there to learn and they love what they learn. Ana chose what she wanted to study and couldn’t get enough of the learning that was available to her. She respected her teachers, and took on board their feedback tenaciously while learning deeply.

“I admire her enormously as I watched her go through the HSC in the top 0.1 per cent of the State.” Ms Colnan added that Ana had attended IGS since Preschool.

Class of 2019 alumni Anika Campbell, Sabine Taylor and former Head Boy Fadi Al Hatu were interviewed by IGS Deputy Principal Lisa Kelliher at the assembly.

While each student had a slightly different approach, each achieved excellent results.

They shared their views on the importance of goal setting, their approach to study, subject selection and seeking detailed feedback from teachers on how to improve their assessment and exam results.

For Sabine, being organised, taking careful notes and typing them up each day after school paid dividends, helping her during assessment tasks and practice exams.

Anika noted that having a study timetable helped her visualise how much time she actually had.

Fadi advised that it was never too late to get back on track and study hard.

Sabine said: “If you work hard, it will pay off. There’s no other secret.” 

Lisa said that the HSC year offered many highlights as well as challenges, and the alumni agreed, saying they enjoyed time with friends and the IGS community, and that there was life after the HSC.

Students thanked the alumni as well as Bianca Kotoulas and George Catt, who had opened the assembly with a stirring vocal and bass performance of What’s Going On.