Top of their class
By HUGH KEARNEY
AFTER years of schooling, the wait was finally over for several hundred Tweed Year 12 students yesterday with the release of the Higher School Certificate results.
From 6am yesterday, Tweed students could access their results on the Board of Studies website, with many keen to know just how they had done, an indicator to their university admission index score, the UAI, due out today.
The UAI scores will determine where and what many students will be headed in 2005 and beyond.
A round-up of Tweed schools has revealed a number of students scoring 90 or more in their individual subjects to make it into the top academic band, Band 6.
Tweed River High School students Natalie Alford, Gerard Markham and Sam Phillips all scored highly, giving their school one of its best ever overall HSC results.
Natalie achieved Band 6 scores in Business Studies, Economics, Advanced English and English Extension 1, and Band 5 for Maths Ext 2.
Gerard Markham scored in the top band for Physics, Extension Maths and standard English, with Band 5 scores in chemistry, English and Extension 2 maths.
Sam Phillips scored top level marks in standard English, physics, maths extension 2 and advanced English, and Band 5 chemistry and extension maths.
School principal Narelle Howell said there was a range of Band 6 scores achieved by other students and the school was very proud of all their achievements.
"This has been a really top result which is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of both students and teachers," she said.
"We are all waiting now for the UAIs."
At Kingscliff High School deputy principal Ken Allison said the school was very happy with the results with Band 6 scores by many students across all faculties.
Among the top scorers at Kingscliff were Jake Taylor, Hayley Cox, Lee Wilson, Georgie Sands, Casey Studdon and Stephanie Papadopoulous.
Hayley Cox scored top-band marks in the traditionally difficult subjects chemistry, music, physics, advanced English and Maths extension 1, plus Band 5 for maths extension 2.
Jake Taylor scored top-band marks for chemistry, economics, physics and extension maths, plus Band 5 in advanced English and maths extension 2.
At Mt St Patrick College, Murwillumbah, top students included Coralie Macartney, Holly Trevithick, Paul Hennessy, Holly Leape, Nimi Walsh, Mitch Hall Aidem Hanna, Brett Reynolds and Kylie Lenhardt.
College dux Paul Hennessy scored Band 6 marks in maths and extension maths, plus Band 5 marks in four subjects.
Coralie Macartney scored Band 6 marks in biology, general maths and ancient history, plus three scores in Band 5.
At Murwillumbah High, students gathered at a morning tea with staff and parents to celebrate their results.
Top scorers were Monique Bell with Band 6 scores in Business Studies and general maths, and Gwen Ireland in Advanced English, with a range of students scoring Band 6 and Band 5 in a number of subjects.
The Daily News was yesterday unable to obtain student scores from the other Tweed high schools, Lindisfarne, Tweed Valley College, St Josephs College and Wollumbin High.
UAI (university admission index) scores, which determine each student's eligibility to enter the university courses of their choice, are due to be released to students today.
If you are a Year 12 student who would like to share your scores, contact us at the Daily News on 07 55 246 400.