Well – it’s that time of year again when school communities pour over the newspapers to see how their school performed in the HSC exams. Although not a perfect measure of a school’s performance, the HSC does give a sense of the academic climate at a school and the primacy it places on learning. Although a school must prepare a boy for life and not just an exam, to do well in the Year 12 exams has the happy habit of putting a boy on a trajectory of success. So, it’s a worthwhile goal to try and do well in the HSC.
The 2013 HSC exam results at King’s were terrific and suggest a strong commitment to good teaching and a student body that places a primacy on learning. We obtained 299 Band 6 results from 202 Year 12 boys. This put us 38th on the HSC ‘league table’.
Given there are 47 selective schools in NSW, for a non-selective school like us to make it in to the top 50 is a great achievement. We’ve managed a top 50 place four times in the last six years.
Although dangerous to start mentioning particular departments, it’s worth noting that King’s came 14th in Maths – which is outstanding. Our drama results have again made us one of the best performing drama schools in NSW and results in many other subjects were also brilliant. Matthew Jacob achieved a perfect HSC score and 16 boys obtained a Band 6 result in all ten of their HSC units. Several boys were mentioned in the ‘best in subject list’ with Brett He topping the State in Music 2.
Although academic success is good, academic improvement is better. To all those boys who did their best, and to those staff who added value, well done. It’s great to get strong academic results but we must never do so at the expense of an all-round education. For this reason, I have been encouraged that Sport, Cadets, Social Service all had a strong year, and our leadership training, Enterprise Program and Boys to Men Program, continued to be a vital part of our educational offering. It’s no use getting into law or medicine if you have the EQ skills of a brick and an inability to love and be loved.
Neither can we rest on our laurels. Schools tend to be judged on their last set of results – so we must continue with our renaissance in good teaching and effective learning. Heads down, Year 11.
That said, let’s enjoy the moment and take pleasure in a terrific academic performance by our departing Year 12.
Click here to download the King's 2013 HSC results. (.PDF, 5.8MB)
Dr Tim Hawkes