HSC Results 2019

Academic Achievements

I am pleased to share with you our 2019 HSC highlights. Our students have worked extremely hard to achieve a very strong collective outcome. Under the guidance of their experienced and dedicated teachers, and with the support and encouragement of family and friends, they have excelled and should be very proud. Congratulations, Year 12! 

Shauna Colnan

Principal, International Grammar School

HSC Highlights

  • IGS Dux Ana-Sofia Petrovic placed second in the State in English Extension 2, second in the State in Italian Extension and fifth in the State in French Extension.

  • Nina Rewitzer placed third in the State in German Extension.

  • Connor Ziade placed fifth in the State in Spanish Continuers.

  • Marcus Lautier, Ana-Sofia Petrovic, Siena Scott-Hickie and Saskia Steetsel have been named in the prestigious NSW All-Round Achievers List. They have been awarded Band 6 (90 per cent or above) across courses totalling 10 or more units. This is an outstanding achievement reserved for a small number of students across the State.

  • There were 59 Distinguished Achievers – students who were awarded 90 per cent or above in at least one course.

  • IGS students received 134 honourable mentions for the distinguished achievement of 90 per cent or above.

  • 100 per cent of students studying Spanish Continuers, Spanish Extension, Japanese Continuers, Japanese Beginners, French Beginners, Chinese Continuers, French Extension, German Extension, Italian Extension, Music 1, Music 2, Music Extension, English Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2 achieved in the top two bands.

  • In French Beginners and Japanese Beginners, our students performed at more than 18 per cent above the State mean.

  • In Drama, students performed at 12.7 per cent above the State mean and all students were nominated for OnSTAGE.

  • In Ancient History and Aboriginal Studies, our students performed at more than 11 per cent above the State mean.

  • In Biology, IGS students performed at 10.11 per cent above the State mean.

  • In the newly introduced Investigating Science course, our students performed at 9.76 per cent above the State mean.

  • In 2019, IGS introduced Textiles and Design. 37 per cent of students were awarded Band 6 results, with the highest mark being 95 per cent. Isabella Robitschko was selected for inclusion in Texstyle and nominated for inclusion in Shape, the annual exhibition of outstanding Major Textiles Projects.

  • This year, IGS placed 60th in the State in The Sydney Morning Herald school rankings, up 41 places.

Outstanding Acceleration Results

We congratulate Year 11 IGS students who sat their HSC early in one or more courses.

Acceleration in Languages

Twenty students accelerated in Languages, completing Year 12 language courses one year early. Students accelerated across five languages in German, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish Continuers and Spanish Extension.

Well done to the following students for their outstanding achievements: Connor Ziade, Hayley Dobbin, Gabrielle Fitzgerald, Amelie Kenney, Astrid McKinley, Felix Sharpe, Otis Taylor, Ava Thomas, Maya Braun, Justin Jacobs, Maximilian Trajkovski, Katerina Alexander, Nancy Bertoli, Alissa Marouani, Bridget Milkovitsch, Amelia Milne, Tom Wilkin, Jake Barbouttis, Benjamin Hayes, Emi Imaizumi Zhou.

These students achieved a mean of 90 per cent. The highest result of 96 per cent was achieved by Year 11 student Maya Braun for German Continuers and by Year 11 student Amelia Milne for Italian Continuers.

Acceleration in Mathematics

Ten Year 11 students accelerated in Mathematics, completing the Year 12 Mathematics course a year early. Their marks range from 81 to 97 with a mean of 89.

Well done to the following students for taking on the challenge of an accelerated program in Mathematics: Hayley Dobbin, Parker Floris, Emil Hasche, Justin Jacobs, Millie Lamshed, Astrid McKinley, Amelia Milne, Otis Taylor, Ava Thomas, Mia Thorburn.

HSC showcases & exhibitions

Nominated for ARTEXPRESS
  • Anika Campbell: The water below
  • Ruby Goold: Blind faith
  • Elena Kokkaris: In Hollywood no one can know anything…
  • Maya Konakci: Mayaname
  • Andrea Kostopoulos: Love is a dog from Hell
Selected for ARTEXPRESS 
  • Anika Campbell: The water below
  • Ruby Goold: Blind faith
  • Elena Kokkaris: In Hollywood no one can know anything
Nominated for ENCORE 
Selected for OnSTAGE
  • Zachary Mekler: portfolio of theatre criticism has been selected for the OnSTAGE exhibition in the foyer of the Seymour Centre
Nominated for OnSTAGE 

Individual nominations:

  •  Otis Connor: Having a share from Ruben Guthrie
  •  Ruby Goold: The Vicar’s Wife from Bed Among the Lentils
  •  Henry Poole: Butch Honeywell from The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
  •  Christina VlotisWild Thing from Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Group performance nominees:

  • Maxine Baker, Beau Di Orazio, Elena Kokkaris, Felix O’Donnell and Christina Vlotis for their performance of Yassou Yia Yia
  • Elise Brennan, Henry Brown, Lucca Buonamano, Otis Connor and Mistry Bella-Soleil for their performance of No More Baked Beans
  • Anika Campbell, Ruby Goold, Zachary Mekler, Blake Mountford, Paloma Otano Hawkins and Henry Poole for their performance of Blind Faith.
Nominated for Texstyle
  • Isabella Robitschko: Nordic 
Selected for Texstyle
Nominated for Shape
  • Isabella Robitschko: Nordic
Every Year 12 Drama student captured the attention of the HSC markers

Outstanding Student Performances

NSW Top Achievers 

The following students achieved one of the State’s highest places in an HSC course and also achieved a result in the highest band.

  • Ana-Sofia Petrovic: 2nd in the State in English Extension 2
  • Ana-Sofia Petrovic: 2nd in the State in Italian Extension
  • Nina Rewitzer: 3rd in the State in German Extension
  • Ana-Sofia Petrovic: 5th in the State in French Extension
  • Connor Ziade: 5th in the State in Spanish Continuers 
     
NSW All Round Achievers 

Each year, students who achieve results in the top band for at least 10 units of HSC courses are recognised. This year four students gained such an honour.

Congratulations to Marcus Lautier, Siena Scott-Hickie, Saskia Steetsel and Dux of the School Ana-Sofia Petrovic for achieving more than 90 per cent in at least 10 units.

A word about The Sydney Morning Herald school rankings 
In 2019, The Sydney Morning Herald placed IGS 60th in NSW with a “success rate” of 24.1 per cent. This was up from 2018, when the IGS success rate was 14.5 per cent. The median “success rate” in NSW schools this year was again 5.47 per cent. The Herald defines “success rate” as the number of Band 6 marks (90 per cent and higher) achieved by students in a school, expressed as a percentage of potential Band 6 marks or exam entries. It is one measure of student performance. Other measures that create a fuller picture of student effort and achievement are set out in this results summary.

 BAND SUMMARIES   BAND 6 (top)  BAND 5 BAND 4 
Course (2-units) № of students % IGS % State % IGS % State % IGS % State
Aboriginal Studies 9 22 10 33 17 22 16
Ancient History 16 38 9 31 26 25 29
Biology 19 5 7 74 24 16 29
Chemistry 10 10 16 30 30 50 21
Design and Technology 2 0 14 50 32 50 35
Drama 16 88 15 0 29 13 40
Economics 21 14 15 48 37 33 23
English Standard 41 0 1 22 11 59 40
English Advanced 58 19 13 52 48 29 30
Geography 25 16 10 52 33 24 29
Investigating Science 3 0 2 67 20 33 30
Legal Studies 23 9 13 52 28 17 24
Mathematics Standard 2 21 5 5 24 19 33 32
Mathematics 52 27 24 25 26 25 29
Modern History 34 3 10 41 30 47 27
Music 1 12 33 22 67 44 0 25
Music 2 7 14 41 33 50 0 9
PDHPE 13 8 6 31 25 54 31
Physics 16 13 12 25 25 38 27
Textiles and Design 8 38 16 50 37 0 28
Visual Arts 28 36 16 57 47 7 27
Chinese Continuers 1 100 40 0 39 0 13
Chinese in Context* 1 100 50 0 40 0 10
French Beginners 4 75 24 25 23 0 20
French Continuers 16 44 31 25 34 25 23
German Continuers 9 22 22 33 34 44 33
Italian Beginners 5 20 14 40 18 20 33
Italian Continuers 13 23 24 46 34 23 24
Japanese Beginners 3 100 14 0 29 0 23
Japanese Continuers 5 40 28 60 33 0 22
Korean Beginners* 1 100 24 0 33 0 23
Modern Greek Beginners* 1 0 37 1 38 0 15
Spanish Beginners 5 40 18 20 18 20 27
Spanish Continuers 2 50 7 50 40 0 34
Spanish Continuers* 1 100 7 0 40 0 34
Turkish Continuers* 1 0 44 100 34 0 9

 

Extension Course results

    BAND E4 (top)  BAND E3
Course (1-unit) № of students % IGS % State % IGS % State
English Extension 1 11 55 34 45 60
English Extension 2 8 75 26 13 54
Mathematics Extension 1 17 18 39 65 41
Mathematics Extension 2 4 25 36 75 50
History Extension 8 25 28 38 49
Music Extension 2 100 66 0 31
Science Extension 2 0 7 50 62
French Extension 2 100 29 0 59
German Extension 1 100 43 0 57
Italian Extension 1 100 56 0 44
Spanish Extension 1 0 25 100 69
Spanish Extension* 1 100 25 0 69

*Studied externally

Distinguished achievers

Distinguished Achievers are students who receive a top band result – 90 per cent or more. Their names appear on the NSW Honour Roll for Distinguished Achievement. IGS students achieved 134 honourable mentions on this list. 59 IGS students achieved at least one result over 90 per cent.

HONOUR ROLL OF DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVERS BY COURSE
Course  Distinguished Achievers 
Aboriginal Studies Saskia Hilliard
Audrey Sparks
Ancient History Anika Campbell
Imogen Gray
Saskia Hilliard
Madison Mekler
Bella-Soleil Mistry
Saskia Steetsel
Biology  Lex Martin
Chemistry Siena Scott-Hickie
Chinese Continuers Benjamin Briganti
Chinese in Context Jialin Peng
Drama Maxine Baker
Elise Brennan
Henry Brown
Lucca Buonamano
Anika Campbell
Otis Connor
Beau Di Orazio
Ruby Goold
Elena Kokkaris
Zachary Mekler
Bella-Soleil Mistry
Paloma Otano Hawkins
Henry Poole
Christina Vlotis
Economics  Marcus Lautier
Lex Martin
Saskia Steetsel
English Advanced  Lucca Buonamano
Saskia Hilliard
Marcus Lautier
Madison Mekler
Bella-Soleil Mistry
Ana-Sofia Petrovic
Nina Rewitzer
Siena Scott-Hickie
Saskia Steetsel
Sabine Taylor
Christina Vlotis
English Extension 1 Anika Campbell
Bella-Soleil Mistry
Ana-Sofia Petrovic
Nina Rewitzer
Siena Scott-Hickie
Christina Vlotis
Imogen Gray
French Beginners Benjamin Briganti
Ruby Goold
Leo Payten
French Continuers Fadi Al Hatu
Hayley Dobbin
Amelie Kenney
Astrid McKinley
Ana-Sofia Petrovic
Felix Sharpe
Otis Taylor
French Extension Ana-Sofia Petrovic
Siena Scott-Hickie
Geography Fadi Al Hatu
Christopher Lowe
Sabine Taylor
Lara Waldmann
German Continuers Maya Braun
Madison Mekler
German Extension Nina Rewitzer
History Extension Imogen Gray
Saskia Steetsel
Italian Beginners Madelaine Simpson
Italian Continuers Alissa Marouani
Amelia Milne
Tom Wilkin
Italian Extension Ana-Sofia Petrovic
Japanese Beginners Sophie Doong
Kelly Firth
Jialin Peng
Japanese Continuers Jake Barbouttis
Emi Imaizumi Zhou
Korean Beginners Lara Waldmann
Legal Studies Imogen Gray
Sabine Taylor
Mathematics Fadi Al Hatu
Hayley Dobbin
Jonathan Duong
Emil Hasche
Kyle Ho
Justin Jacobs
Lex Martin
Tiger Mathieson
Alex McIntyre
Amelia Milne
Giacomo Paul
Haydn Tan
Otis Taylor
Luca Welfare
Mathematics Extension 1 Marcus Lautier
Jialin Peng
Siena Scott-Hickie
Mathematics Extension 2 Marcus Lautier
Mathematics Standard 2 Beau Di Orazio
Modern History Saskia Steetsel
Music 1 Maxine Baker
Maya Konakci
Nina Rewitzer
Sabine Taylor
Music 2 Jialin Peng
Music Extension  Kelly Firth
Winston Zhang
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Phoenix Levy Bell
Physics Felipe Harley-Cardoso
Marcus Lautier
Spanish Beginners Charlotte Howden
Phoenix Levy Bell
Spanish Continuers Luca Welfare
Connor Ziade
Spanish Extension Connor Ziade
Textiles and Design Sophie Doong
Charlotte Howden
Lara Waldmann
Visual Arts Anika Campbell
Sophie Doong
Molly Gardiner
Ruby Goold
Elena Kokkaris
Maya Konakci
Ana-Sofia Petrovic
Jean Rothwell
Audrey Sparks
Christina Vlotis

 

“I believe that IGS and the opportunities that it has offered us will stay with us all … and for this I couldn’t be more grateful.

“The kindness shown by the School towards me and all students has allowed us to participate fully…

“I wish everyone the best of luck in the future, and for all the students still at IGS, you should know that you are in very good hands. Thank you.”

2019 IGS Head Boy Fadi Al Hatu

 

“I would really like to thank all the teachers.

“The support of your teachers makes a world of difference.”

“What you take with you from IGS … will always be down to you… your gratitude towards the opportunities you have.”

2019 IGS Head Girl Siena Scott-Hickie

In closing, and on behalf of our entire IGS community, I warmly congratulate our graduating Class of 2019, along with each accelerant. We wish you all the very best for the future.  

Shauna Colnan

Principal