In Greater Detail - from the Dean of Studies
Macarthur Anglican School’s Year 12 students have excelled in the HSC again this year, yet again demonstrating Macarthur’s proven success in academic excellence. The Headmaster Dr David Nockles and the entire Macarthur staff are delighted with the students’ excellent results. Macarthur places an emphasis on our students learning how to think deeply and not just rote learn facts. These results reflect our students’ ability to apply their knowledge and demonstrate their deep understanding of the subjects they have learned. We encourage students to challenge themselves, see mistakes as learning opportunities and strive for their personal best.
Top achievers include Macarthur’s Dux, Patrick Dickinson (ATAR 98.05) and Ante Kolanovic (ATAR 96.65) who were recognised as All Rounders for attaining Band 6 results in at least 10 units. Patrick also achieved 4th place in the State in Indonesian Continuers. Importantly, these outstanding results mean that our students will be able to pursue their chosen field of study beyond school with a significant proportion choosing to study at a tertiary institution. Impressively, over 80% of our students were offered Early Entry at various universities, while others were offered academic or leadership scholarships.
35% of Macarthur students were recognised as Distinguished Achievers for attaining Band 6 or Extension Band 4 results and 75% of students gained Band 5 or Extension Band 3 results. Students also appeared on the HSC Honour roll 56 times.
The School provides interested Year 12 students with Study Coaches. These coaches include Kindergarten-Year 6 teachers, Administration and Executive staff as well as the Years 7-12 teachers. Students are encouraged to balance their academic study with co-curricular involvement and sport as research shows that students who are engaged at school are more likely to be happy and confident, and achieve better HSC results.
At Macarthur, one of our academic goals is for students to develop a growth mind set. We want students to believe that their intelligence is not finite, and mastery of their subjects can be improved by responding to feedback, hard work and perseverance. It is important to note that as a non-selective School, Macarthur is able to help all students excel and attain their personal best.
Macarthur’s top achievers have studied a wide variety of courses from the 37 subjects offered at HSC level. For the vast majority of subjects, the results are well above the State Average with Society and Culture, Geography, English Extension 2, Indonesian Continuers, Physics and Software Design and Development leading the field.
An impressive 25% of students who presented for the HSC in 2016 attained ATARs of 90 and over with 13% of students gaining ATARs of 95 and above. 42% of students achieved an ATAR of 80 or higher with 37% achieving an ATAR of 85 and over. 52% of the 2016 cohort attained an ATAR of 70 and above.
Macarthur students are planning to study courses ranging from Agricultural Science, Commerce, Computer Science, Criminology, Graphic Design, Education, Engineering, Medical Science, International Securities, Law, Languages and Psychology.