Media Releases | Dec 13, 2023

Geographical and subject diversity acknowledged as Catholic Schools NSW congratulates the First in Course HSC recipients

Catholic Schools NSW celebrates the 22 students from 20 Catholic schools across NSW who were recognised for achieving 23 First in Course honours at the 2023 HSC First in Course ceremony today.

The First in Course subjects represent a diverse range, including History Extension, Visual Arts, Japanese in Context, Information and Digital Technology, and Mathematics Standard 2.

Two students from St Mary’s Catholic College came First in Course for Community and Family Studies and Retail Services Examination and at Marist Catholic College Penshurst, two students came first in Croatian Continuers and Macedonian Continuers. One student from Brigidine College in St Ives, came first in both Geography and Mathematics Standard 2.

A total of four First in Course awards were achieved by our students in Mathematics Standard 2 and one in Mathematics Standard 1 Examination (equal top score).

Three of the students achieving a First in Course also received a place in at least one other course. In addition to the First in Course recipients, another 139 students were awarded places across multiple other subjects.

Catholic Schools NSW acting CEO, Danielle Cronin, congratulated this year’s students on their First in Course awards and recognised the geographical and subject diversity of the Catholic schools and their students’ achievements.

“Congratulations to all First in Course winners. It is an incredible achievement, and to overcome many challenges, not least the significant disruptions Covid-19 during your high school years, makes it even more special.”

“Your hard work and success in the HSC place you in great stead for the future, for university or elsewhere, and I wish you the very best in those endeavours.”

“It’s encouraging to see that the First in Course students come from a wide geographic range, from Bankstown to Bathurst, Punchbowl to Clarenza. The diversity of subjects also speaks to Catholic education’s aim to provide a broad and holistic education for the individual. Top Achievers came from half of the schools in our system, demonstrating that wherever students learn in a Catholic school, they can be supported to realise their full potential.”

Catholic Schools NSW represents the state’s 592 Catholic schools and their 267,000 students. 

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