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As of last week, HSC results have come in across Australia and the task of assessing the ATARs achieved (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rankings) has begun in earnest at every school in the country.

On Thursday 15th December, at 5.45 am, NESA pressed the button and the results of more than 700 secondary schools together with over 65,000 secondary students were released.

What is NESA, some might ask. According to its website, “The New South Wales Education Standards Authority (abbreviated as NESA) is the state government education statutory authoritywith the responsibility for the establishment and monitoring of school standards in the Australian state of New South Wales. It was formed on 1 January 2017 to replace the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards.”

As Schools are not informed of individual students’ ATAR scores, St Spyridon College in south-eastern Sydney, relied on individual students calling the College and enthusiastically disclosing their ATAR score. On Thursday, around 11.30 am on the morning the results were sent out by NESA, Saint Spyridon College had almost all of the scores in hand.

It was both relieving and exciting as the Head of College, Mrs Amelia Katsogiannis shared with the teachers and the Parish Council the more outstanding results by the students. There was genuine excitement and joy, not only for the 12 students who achieved an ATAR of 90 and above, but also for the students whose hard work got them from an expected ATAR of 50 into the 70s and from the 60s into the 80s.

Two very encouraging statistics are that 86% of our Year 12 students scored in bands 5 and 6, while 60% of our HSC cohort scored an ATAR above 80.

St Spyridon College’s School Captain, Benjamin Hickman, whose leadership role occupied much of his time during the year, along with his heavy school sports commitments, still managed to gain the highest ATAR of our College at 98.95. Showing deep humility and  consideration for others, Ben, encapsulates the Orthodox and Hellenic ethos of our College and the school motto “Aien Aristevein” – Forever Excelling.

Saint Spyridon College placed 112th out of some 600 schools in New South Wales.  Whilst there are many schools which ranked higher, and they deserve to be congratulated, given the various strengths and weaknesses of this particular cohort of Year 12 students, these are exceptional results.

 Both Parish Priest Father Steven Scoutas, and Parish President Mr. Elia Economou commented the following, “We wish to congratulate our Head of College, the Deans, the Year Adviser, and the Teachers of our students. Indeed, hearty congratulations are extended to the parents, grandparents and siblings who contributed to the success of St Spyridon College at the 2022 Higher School Certificate examinations. We thank God and congratulate all of our students for their remarkable performance and outcomes. May Christ guide their footsteps deep into the future.”