MOUNT Saint Patrick band 6 students celebrate yesterday.
MOUNT Saint Patrick band 6 students celebrate yesterday. BLAINEY WOODHAM

Hats off to Mt St Pats top bands

MT St Patrick College graduates have celebrated gaining some “closure” on their school years after receiving their HSC course results yesterday.

An impressive 39 students obtained band six marks of 90 or above and principal Tony Daly said the school was very happy with the results.

“We are very proud and very pleased with the result, it was an outstanding result,” he said.

“The students worked very hard, and so did the staff.

“The staff is to be congratulated for the amount of work they put in with the students.”

College Captain Nikola Core, Liam Heyen and Grace Larkin all scored band six results in four subjects.

“I am very relieved that it is over and there is a lot of excitement to do my next thing,” Mr Core said.

Mr Heyen added: “It is such a relief; we have been waiting since November to finally have some closure.”

He described the hard work he put in to achieve such a great result.

“Basically I had to try to fit in study wherever I could. It is a challenge to keep motivated, avoid burnout while doing four hours of study at home, as well as school ...  but it is all worth it.”

They both put in a big “thank you” to their teachers and parents and said it had been a team effort from all their classmates to finish the year well.

“I am pretty proud of everyone, it was a bit of a team effort to help everyone do their best,” Miss Cora said.

She said she would miss school.

“I had a really good class here this year and had a lot of fun.”

The ATAR is released today and Miss Core said she would like to do a law degree in Brisbane, while Mr Heyen was aiming to do a bachelor of film production at Southbank.

The results from students this year compares favourably to the previous three years where the school was recognised as one of the top 200 in the state and Mr Daly hopes it will retain its spot in the list.

Marell Sherrah, curriculum co-ordinator, said it was a big effort from everyone involved to get band six results.

“The students put in huge amounts of effort every day plus three hours of study in a night and the teachers here just put in a huge amount of time marking assignments and doing lessons,” she said.

Year 11 students, Paul Larkin and Sundari Young, received a band 6 in chemistry and Xanthe Eppelstun received a band 6 in geography as part of an accelerated learning program.

Outstanding individual results included Grace Larkin 95 in Music 1, Liam Heyen 95 in drama and Cale Dietrich 95 in senior science.

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