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HSC 2021: The best results ever achieved

Congratulations to the Marist Sisters’ College 2021 Year 12 Class on achieving our school’s best HSC results ever!


“These results were the best academic performance in the 114-year history of the College,” Dr Anne Ireland, the Principal of Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich, said.


“Our girls triumphed despite the challenges COVID placed before them.”


Sydney Catholic Schools as a system also achieved its best HSC results ever, with 11 of its 33 schools ranked among the top 100 high schools in NSW.


Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich climbed 40 positions to 87th in the media rankings (calculated using the ratio of the number of Band 6 results to the number of exams sat by the school).


The College also had the fifth-highest number of Distinguished Achievers from all SCS high schools.
“Our College community was delighted to see the outstanding HSC results achieved by the class of 2021,” Dr Ireland said.


“These exceptional results represent the fruits of several school-wide learning programs put in place, as well as the strong resolve of students and teachers to improve and set new academic benchmarks.”
To cap off an incredible 2021, 18 Sydney Catholic Schools ranked among the top 150 high schools and confirmed its reputation as one of the top performing systems of schools in Australia.


Sydney Catholic Schools’ unprecedented academic success saw its schools reach new heights with the number of distinguished achievers rising from 2486 in 2019 and 2511 in 2020 to 3115 in 2021.


“To the class of 2021, we extend our heartfelt congratulations and admiration,” Sydney Catholic Schools’ Executive Director, Tony Farley, said.


The results follow a series of ground-breaking HSC excellence initiatives that involved all 33 secondary schools meeting to share and analyse HSC performance data, identify key strategies for achieving academic success and find ways to share resources and opportunities across our 33 schools sitting the HSC.


“Our system-wide approach to excellence means that every student and teacher has access to a huge range of resources and experiences that a large system like ours can provide,” Sydney Catholic Schools’ Director of Education and Research, Dr Kate O’Brien, said.

Here’s a recap of all our 2021 HSC highlights:

  • 87th on the SMH list of Top 150 Schools in the State (compared to 128th in 2020)
  • 1 student received 2 mentions on the HSC Top Achievers list, placing 4th and 3rd within their course for Business Studies and Studies of Religion II respectively
  • 6 students named on the All Rounders Merit list for scoring above 90 in at least 10 units (compared to 2 students in 2020)
  • 56 students received 156 mentions on the Distinguished Achievers list for achieving a result in the highest band (Band 6 or Band E4) for one or more courses, not including results for courses studied external to their school (compared to 48 students in 2020)
  • 4 students placed first in their course within the Sydney Archdiocese
  • 94% of HSC courses scored above the state average
  • 100% of HSC Extension courses scored above the state average
  • Highest ATAR 99.55
  • 1 student nominated for ARTEXPRESS (Visual Arts)
  • 1 student nominated for OnSTAGE (Performing Arts)
  • 1 student nominated for Texstyle (Textiles and Design)
  • 1 student nominated for Shape (Textiles and Design)
  • 8 students selected for the SCS HSC Creative & Performing Arts Showcase