Isabella Ross

Earlier this week, HSC results were released to the 2018 cohort of NSW high school students, anxiously waiting to see whether their expectations and aspirations were met. To celebrate those who excelled by topping this year’s Higher School Certificate was a ceremony hosted by the NSW Government. The results have also reinforced the message that students can achieve success in either a public or private schooling sector. An equal number of government to non-government schools were recognised in this year’s First in Course awards.


Education Minister Rob Stokes awarded academic prizes to 127 students from across the State who came first or equal first in one or more of this year’s 118 HSC courses. Mr Stokes said this fantastic outcome is a testament to NSW’s world-class education system.

“I congratulate not just these winners, but all of this year’s HSC recipients for their dedication, perseverance and hard work. I am proud to see the HSC successes across NSW schools, thanks to the hard work of teachers and families in supporting and nurturing our talented students. Recipients from these schools come from a diverse range of backgrounds. What unites them is their talent, intelligence and excellent school support networks,” said Mr Stokes.


This year there were approximately 16,930 students who were acknowledged on the Distinguished Achievers List for 36,512 course results. Results remained essentially unchanged in terms of comparisons to other years, with more than 90% of course results being above the Minimum Standard Expected. Numerous North Shore schools excelled this year, including Pymble Ladies’ College and Chatswood High School. It is important to note that stress and anxiety can often be associated with the daunting time known as HSC. So with the Christmas holidays in full swing, now is the perfect time for 2018 students to relax, reflect and rejoice regarding their achievements.


“Don’t despair if you do not achieve the result you were hoping for – remember there are so many paths to success and your HSC doesn’t define you,” Mr Stokes reminded students.