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SSC Newspaper : February 2013
Simply Outstanding The Year 12 class of 2012 continued Meriden’s tradition of outstanding academic performance in the HSC PRE-KINDERGARTEN TO YEAR 12 10-12 Redmyre Road Strathfield NSW 2135 Telephone 61 2 9752 9444 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.meriden.nsw.edu.au — 47% gained an ATAR of 90 or more — 10% received All-Round Achievers awards, gaining the equivalent of 90% or more in at least 10 units — 1st in state in History Extension — Top ranked independent girls’ school in Mathematics (Sydney Morning Herald 20.12.2012) — Encore Concert nominations for performance and composition in Music 2 To find out about enrolling your daughter at Meriden call us on 9752 9444 or visit www.meriden.nsw.edu.au Meriden’s Class of 2012 Prizewinners By Joanne Tran I f you go on the McDonald College website, Sam Wickham is written all over the home page. Accolades for the recent graduate include topping the school with an ATAR score of 97.85, getting a perfect score for English Extension 2 and being accepted to Art Express, an exhibition of exemplary HSC art. Despite his success, Wickham has deferred studying at the College of Fine Arts to pursue a music career with his band, Newest July. Passion has always driven his decisions, both in picking subjects at the North Strathfield college and deciding what to do next. He says this, combined with putting in the hard yards, led to his HSC success. “Hard work is always important and so is motivation. I picked the things I enjoyed doing and the other two followed,” Wickham says. And this hard work was tempered with outside-school commitments. “Surprisingly enough I didn’t study music at school,” he says. “But I was HSC star looks to a musical future www.ourstrathfield.com.au Strathfield Scene 17 education Hard work is always important and so is motivation. I picked the things I enjoyed doing and the other two followed. our high achievers MacDonald College's top student is keeping his options open. recording throughout my HSC.” Wickham attributes much of his success to his school’s intimate environment and devoted teachers. “McDonald College is rather small so it gives a level of intimacy you wouldn’t find in other schools. My maths extension teacher was brilliant. He’s one of the most dedicated men I’ve met.” According to Wickham, maths teacher Richard Goggin made every class engaging and his devotion to his students motivated their study. “On Valentines Day he gave us an equation at the beginning of the class. He told us, very dryly, to plot it on a graph. Halfway through the class someone worked out it was a love heart. Every day was different.” The film Wickham made for English Extension 2 was ranked third in the state. It’s based on a 1920s German silent film, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari. “I love the fact that the story ’s told in a different way. They didn’t have the faculties of sound and there are things about film that expand what you would deem possible.” He was also able to expand on his love for stor ytelling with a film he made for Visual Arts. “I made a time-based form animation that takes inspiration from Freud and the Oedipal complex,” Sam says. He hopes to pursue both music and film making in the future. “They ’re both important to me. Hopefully, in 10 years I’ll be doing exactly what I’m doing now, but in a greater capacity.” Sam Wickham's Year 12 art work.
December 2012 SS