Hard work shines through for Hills Grammar HSC achievers

TOP EFFORT: Emma Zou placed second in the state for Japanese Continuers.

TOP EFFORT: Emma Zou placed second in the state for Japanese Continuers.

Hills Grammar congratulate the Class of 2020 on their extraordinary HSC results.

The top ATAR of 99.85 was achieved by two students and across the cohort the median ATAR was 80.

Principal Michael Smith said in a year that tested all of us the class of 2020, supported by their dedicated teachers, showed the depth of their resilience and determination.

"The comprehensive nature of the achievements of the class of 2020 can be seen in the fact that Hills Grammar was above the State average in 27 of our 32 HSC courses offered this year," Mr Smith said.

"An extraordinary 56 per cent of the grade achieved results in the Bands 5 and 6 range (80 per cent and above) with Band 6 results in 22 HSC courses."

The cohort included two HSC Top Achievers, two HSC All Rounders, 51 Band 6 results and 21 students listed as Distinguished Achievers.

Emma Zou (Dux) and Joshua Huang both received the School's HSC Top Achiever title. Emma's passion for Japanese was rewarded when she placed second in the state in Japanese Continuers.

Emma was also a HSC All Rounder - a distinguished achiever in all eight subjects attempted. As one of the school's international students Joshua spoke eloquently at the Year 12 Valedictory Dinner.

He placed eighth in the state in the English EAL/D course and was also a HSC All Rounder, with Band 6 results in five courses.

Over the last five years, the school has seen a steady increase and stabilisation of students taking on extension courses, with 55 per cent of the class of 2020 completing at least one challenging extension course as part of their pattern of study.

"That is a sure sign of ambition and opportunity," Mr Smith said. "Whatever their results, the school is proud of all of their students. A Hills Grammar education is broader than an ATAR, and there are many paths and definitions of success."

GREAT RESULT: Joshua Huang received an All-Rounder award for achieving a Band 6 in all of his subjects.

GREAT RESULT: Joshua Huang received an All-Rounder award for achieving a Band 6 in all of his subjects.

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