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SSC Newspaper : February 2013
BRAVO! The McDonald College continues to promote unique opportunities for creative students. We celebrate excellence in academic and performing arts pursuits. We are proud of our graduates and wish them well in their future endeavours in a variety of fields such as science, journalism, visual design, teaching, media, information technology, psychology, fine arts, biotechnology and of course the performing arts industry. Congratulations to our Class of 2012 on their outstanding hsC results The McDonald College was placed 82nd in the Top 100 Schools in NSW in the 2012 HSC results Sam Wickham [Prefect and DUX] > 3rd in State English Extension 2, accepted to ARTEXPRESS, a talented composer and filmmaker Jake Smith [Head of SRC] > 5th in State General Mathematics, an impressive character actor Mitchell Sloan [Vice Captain] > top Band E4 Music Extension, nominated for ENCORE, accepted to Sydney Conser vatorium of Music, a creative and skilful musician Nominated for DESIGNTECH > Amanda Rahme, Holly Sheils, Olivia Suh Nominated for ENCORE > Brooke Azzopardi, Mitchell Sloan Nominated for ONSTAGE > Adam Roberts, Cadhla Roberts, Willima Beckwith, Amanda Rahme, Kayla Bonnici Nominated for CALLBACK > Brooke Azzopardi, Holly Sheils, Georgia Gardiner, Chloe Rosenberg, Megan Stack, Dearnna Williams In 2012, 41 McDonald College students sat for the HSC, achieving a total of 35 Band 6 results The McDonald College • 17 George street, Nor th strathfield NsW Phone 02 9752 0500 • www.mcdonald.nsw.edu.au 13/001 Strathfield schools have scored significant success in the 2012 HSC results, and are punching well above their weight. Of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Top 100 schools, four are from the Strathfield local government area. Meriden School, Santa Sabina College, St Patrick’s College and Strathfield Girls High School all made the prestigious list. And most of these schools are improving. Santa Sabina jumped 14 spots from last year to be ranked 54 in the list. St Patrick’s College bettered its 2011 position by 20 spots to be ranked 71 and Strathfield Girls saw an improvement of three spots to be ranked 86. Meriden School is ranked 26 this year, a drop from last year’s 18th spot. Strathfield Girls High School is one of only eight non-selective public schools to make the Top 100, which is dominated by 67 independent schools and 25 partially and fully selective schools. And there are stars among Strathfield school leavers. Claire Ogel from Meriden topped History Extension while her classmate Siqi (Alice) Wu came ninth in Mathematics. MLC student Mary Huong Thien Nguyen came first in Mathematics. Santa Sabina did well in French Beginners with Chiara Pomare and Juliette Pasini coming first and third. Nicholas Roger Cerone from St Patrick’s College came fifth in Drama in the state while his schoolmate Alexander Peter Ciana scored ninth position in Studies of Religion II. The Saturday School of Community Languages, which operates at Strathfield Girls High School, also had a stellar performance. Ye (Edison) Wang topped the state in Chinese Background Speakers while Mariya Lypska came first in Ukrainian Continuers. The school did particularly well in Korean. Gieun Lee, Soo Kyong Kim and Hi Hyun Jenny Park respectively came second, fourth and fifth in Heritage Korean, and Keunjin Choi and Sanha Lee came second and fifth in Korean Background Speakers. Other top performers include Rebecca Pioli who came second in Italian Continuers and Ana-Marija Tomasi who came fifth in Croation Continuers. Another local school pleased with the performance of its students was Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC). The school described its results as “outstanding”, with 22 students receiving the Premiers Awards for All Round Excellence and five students among the highest achievers in French Continuers, Advanced English, Japanese Continuers and Textiles and Design. Seventeen students from PLC scored an ATAR of 99 or above with three girls achieving 99.9 . Meanwhile, in the International Baccalaureate, the Inner West has again scored well with MLC Burwood the top performing school with three students getting the ATAR equivalent of 99.95 per cent. Strathfield blitzeS hSC www.ourstrathfield.com.au Strathfield Scene 15 education Strathfield Girls is one of eight non-selective public schools to make the Top 100 our high achievers While local schools continue to move up the top-100 ladder, numerous students scored outstanding results in the 2012 HSC. By Joanne Tran Meriden gymnasts “absolutely blitzed it in the Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF),” says Danielle Le Ray, head coach of the Meriden Rhythmic Gymnastics Centre, at Meriden School. Meriden’s 14-year-old Michaela Whitehouse was crowned 2013 AYOF All Round Champion. She completed four apparatuses including ribbon, ball, hoop and clubs to beat top gymnasts from around the world. “It’s very surprising,” Whitehouse says. “I’m just so proud to win for Australia.” She started the sport when she was six years old and now dedicates 20 hours a week to training. She loves the thrill of performing. “When you perform you get a feeling when you go onto the floor and execute a great routine. It makes all the training really worth it.” Whitehouse is looking forward to competing in state competitions with the “goal of being national champion and going overseas”. She also won team gold with Anastasia Katharios, also from Meriden, Tara Wilkie and Marlee-Shae Holden. A second Australian team, which also included two students from Meriden – Rhiannon Choe and Tula Vuong, placed fourth, ahead of Great Britain and New Zealand. Anastasia Katharios finished fifth in the all-round competition, while Rhiannon Choe was tenth. This makes it Meriden's “most successful rhythmic gymnastics campaign to date,” says coach Danielle Le Ray. meriden's golden girls
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