Norfolk Island Central School in NSW has featured on the state’s HSC Distinguished Achievers list, in the school’s last year taking part in HSC exams after the territory was moved to the jurisdiction of Queensland at the start of 2022.
At the time of the transition those students in Year 11 and 12 stayed in the NSW system so they could complete their HSC studies.
The school ended its association with NSW on a high, with student and Pitcairn descendant Flynn McCowan receiving first in the state in the Automotive Examination.
Ten central schools, which cater for students from Kindergarten to Year 12, featured on the Distinguished Achievers list, with Nimbin, Woodenbong, Hillston and Norfolk Island gaining multiple entries.
Among those honoured in the Distinguished Achievers list – students who received the top band result in a subject – were Year 12 students from some of the state’s smallest schools.
Public school students receiving their HSC results and university entrance scores have been congratulated by NSW Education Department Secretary Murat Dizdar.
Mr Dizdar said he was delighted to see schools and students across the state delivering first-class results.
He pointed out that 59 students from 37 public schools were represented at the First in Course ceremony in Sydney this week and more than half of all students who received a Band 6 result this year came from NSW public high schools.
“I’m particularly thrilled to see the outstanding performance of our comprehensive high schools and all credit goes to the commitment of the students, their teachers and their families who support them,” he said.
Mr Dizdar congratulated every student who received an HSC and said it was a world-class educational award that would open the door to their futures.
“Every teacher and school leader wants their students to succeed, and they work so hard so our young people can realise their dreams. Along with them I take great delight in our students’ successes,” he said.
There are 2,215 public schools in NSW with more than 800,000 students, including around 330,000 high school students.