Principal, International Grammar School
I am delighted to share with you our 2021 HSC highlights. In a tough year, through lockdowns and unprecedented uncertainty around the HSC, our students worked with drive and determination to achieve an outstanding collective outcome. Under the guidance of their experienced and dedicated teachers, and with the strong support and encouragement of family and friends, they have achieved so much, proving once again that they can do difficult things. We are so proud of them. Congratulations and well done Year 12!
Placing first in an HSC course is an enormous achievement. Students from across NSW who topped the State in a course were announced at an awards ceremony by NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell on Wednesday 19 January. Two of those students were from IGS.
Therese topped the State in Chinese Continuers with 99 per cent. She also topped the State in French Beginners, with 100 per cent. Therese was one of only eight students to top the State in two courses. These achievements follow her outstanding performances as an accelerated Year 11 student last year, when she was placed second in the State in Italian Extension and fifth in the State in Italian Continuers. This is an extraordinary attainment across three languages. Therese has also achieved the highest possible ATAR of 99.95. Of the 54,894 students in NSW who were eligible to receive an ATAR, 48 students received an ATAR of 99.95.
Jamison topped the State in Spanish Continuers with 95 per cent. He also achieved 99 per cent in Drama and 98 per cent in French Beginners, with an ATAR of 99.5.
The following students achieved one of the State’s highest places in an HSC course and also achieved a result in the highest band.
Catherine Amoia achieved 2nd in the State in Spanish Beginners.
Alea Babeck achieved 3rd in the State in German Extension.
Maximilian Lauren achieved 4th in the State in German Beginners.
Skye Paterson achieved 3rd in the State in Spanish Beginners.
Jonas Meyer achieved 3rd in the State in German Continuers. Jonas achieved this outstanding result in Year 11 through an accelerated program of study. Jonas also accelerated in Mathematics Advanced, topping IGS in this course with a result of 98 per cent.
Each year, students who achieve results in the top band for at least 10 units of HSC courses are recognised in the prestigious NSW All-Round Achievers list. This year five IGS students gained such an honour.
The average ATAR of these students is 98.9.
IGS students received 127 Honourable Mentions for the distinguished achievement of 90 per cent or above in a course.
100 per cent of students studying English Extension 1, English Extension 2, French Extension, Chinese Continuers, Chinese Extension, Music 2, German Extension, Italian Continuers, Japanese Extension, Spanish Beginners, Spanish Continuers, Spanish Extension achieved in the top two bands.
Our students performed above the State in 74 per cent of courses.
In Spanish Beginners our students performed 16.51 per cent above the State mean.
In Aboriginal Studies our students performed at 16.35 per cent above the State mean.
In French Beginners, we were 11.13 per cent above the State mean.
Students may complete HSC courses early via acceleration or compression. We congratulate 26 Year 11 students who completed HSC courses this year.
Acceleration in Languages
13 Year 11 students accelerated in Languages. Students accelerated across four languages, in French Continuers, German Continuers, Italian Continuers and Japanese Continuers.
These students achieved a mean of 90 per cent. The highest result of 99 per cent was achieved by Jonas Meyer, for German Continuers, followed by Holly Matthews with 97 for Italian Continuers.
Acceleration in Mathematics
Eight Year 11 students accelerated in Mathematics Advanced, achieving an average of 92 per cent.
The highest result was earned by Jonas Meyer with 98, followed by Jake Trevelyan with 94.
Aboriginal Studies via compression
For the second time, a group of our Year 11 students completed both the Year 11 and Year 12 Aboriginal Studies courses in one year. Their average result was 90 per cent.
The highest result, of 94, was achieved by Madiba Doyle-Lambert, followed by Kaija Du and Holly Matthews both with 92.
A word about The Sydney Morning Herald school rankings
The SMH 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. On this measure, IGS was ranked at 61, up 35 places, with a “success rate” of 23.22 per cent. The median “success rate” for NSW schools was 5.47 per cent. Other measures that create a fuller picture of students’ effort and achievement are set out in this summary, and we commend all our students on their many achievements.
|BAND SUMMARIES||BAND 6 (top)||BAND 5||BAND 4|
|Course (2-units)||№ of students||% IGS||% State||% IGS||% State||% IGS||% State|
|Design and Technology||4||0||17||25||37||75||27|
|Mathematics Standard 2||19||0||6||42||19||42||26|
|Personal Development, Health and Physical Education||13||23||7||31||24||23||29|
|Textiles and Design||14||36||17||29||40||21||24|
|BAND E4 (top)||BAND E3|
|Course (1-unit)||№ of students||% IGS||% State||% IGS||% State|
|English Extension 1||17||53||41||47||53|
|English Extension 2||15||27||25||73||59|
|Mathematics Extension 1||19||26||37||37||37|
|Mathematics Extension 2||8||25||43||38||44|
|HONOUR ROLL OF DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVERS BY COURSE|
|Chinese Continuers||Therese Briganti|
|Chinese Extension||Therese Briganti|
Sonali Esha Patel
|English Advanced||Alea Babeck
Sonali Esha Patel
|English Extension 1||Therese Briganti
Sonali Esha Patel
|English Extension 2||Therese Briganti
|French Beginners||Therese Briganti
|French Continuers||Alea Babeck
Jay Thomas Boyd
|German Beginners||Bahar Faridani
|German Continuers||Jonas Meyer
|German Extension||Alea Babeck
|History Extension||Essie Newman|
|Italian Beginners||Henry Menzies|
|Italian Continuers||Finn Barker-Tomkins
|Japanese Extension||Nika Mikhin|
|Legal Studies||Alea Babeck
|Mathematics Advanced||Alea Babeck
|Mathematics Extension 1||Liam Chatterton
|Mathematics Extension 2||Eliot Tompkins
|Music 1||Jay Thomas Boyd
Sonali Esha Patel
|Music 2||Mischa Belunek|
|Personal Development, Health and Physical Education||Grace Ardino
|Spanish Beginners||Catherine Amoia
|Spanish Continuers||Jamison Power|
|Spanish Extension||Jamison Power|
|Textiles and Design||Mischa Belunek
|Visual Arts||Myles Lambert
“I want to thank some special people who have had a monumental impact on my journey here at IGS; from my Preschool teacher, Angela, to my Kindergarten teacher Ms Gagliano, to my Year 6 teacher Mrs Weir, right through to all IGS teachers who have shown me nothing but support, kindness and generosity. Likewise, Mrs Duma and Mr Dennehy have been the most encouraging and uplifting mentors I could’ve ever asked for.
“Thank you Ms Colnan for giving me one of the best opportunities thus far in my life. Your vision, creativity, enthusiasm and drive have been incredibly inspiring and I can’t help but praise you for everything you have done for both past and present students of IGS. I will cherish all the memories made during SAGE programs, especially in Year 10 “Writing the Island”, which was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never forget.
“Thank you to my friends, the Class of 2021 for inspiring me every day, for showing me what true courage looks like, for smiling even in the toughest of times.
“As I say my final farewell to the multi-layered abundant universe that is International Grammar School, a small village infused with German, French, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and countless other tongues, that has taken me on adventures around the world, I walk proudly out of those big iron gates as they close behind me, this time with my crocs on the correct feet, and an elongated grin from ear to ear, ready to embark the journey of life.
“For now, it is time to say goodbye, even though I know my IGS family will always be by my side in one way or another. Thank you.”
2021 IGS Head Boy Orlando Read
“Every teacher I have had made the joys of learning infinite. They all listened and they were all more than willing to keep our discussions going.
“There is no way to convey how grateful I am to have learnt from them.
“Feeling understood and cared for in all aspects of school life is pretty remarkable, and that culture of compassion starts at the top. It starts with the leadership of Ms Colnan, Ms Duma, Ms Kelliher, Mr Dennehy and Mr Bird.
Their support was always there; it never stopped.
“But the thing I am most grateful for is how they and so many IGS teachers and students supported what I did well beyond the school gates, particularly my project to celebrate my Dad.
“How do we make the most of today, the next moment? I think we’re all working that out for ourselves. Primary students, high school students, Class of 2021 graduates, teachers, parents … we’re all making it up as we go along.
“Luckily we’re a part of a community where so many opportunities are possible, where we can all learn from each other’s experiences, where we can all lift each other up to be the people we’ve wanted to be but were never quite sure we could be.
“So, my greatest hope is that you will use this incredible IGS community as your launchpad, to share more or learn more or appreciate more. Because there is so much right here and out there for all of us. Our next moment is the next big thing.
2021 IGS Head Girl Grace Truman
In closing, and on behalf of the entire IGS community, I warmly congratulate each of our HSC students. We know that there are many successes not mentioned here, and we commend every member of our Class of 2021 and accelerants on their achievements and contributions to our IGS community and beyond, throughout their school lives. We wish each of you all the very best for the future.