The Armidale and Duval high schools combined community congratulated its class of 2018 on its HSC results, which were released on Thursday at 6am and saw more than a third of their candidates score in the top bands 5 and/or 6.
Armidale High School’s Jonathan Bruhl achieved a perfect score in Music Extension, an outstanding result that reflected his incredible ability as a musician.
Principals of Armidale and Duval high schools, Carolyn Lasker and Stafford Cameron said this year’s results came from effective study practices and sustained effort.
"Our students should feel very proud of their achievements," Ms Lasker said.
"There were a number of students who have challenged themselves and achieved personal bests."
Mr Cameron said the commitment shown by the teaching staff to prepare Duval students for the HSC was admirable.
"The support offered to students at both schools extends well beyond timetabled school days and our results reflect that commitment," he said.
"While we are enormously proud of the efforts of every one of our students, there are a number who are among the top and distinguished achievers."
The release of ATARs on Friday provided a University pathway to many students.
Ms Lasker said a number of students were expected to take a gap year before entering into university, while many had also excelled in vocational courses and had completed their schooling with a dual qualification.
"Our school-based trainees will have the jump on other school-leavers as many have already taken up apprenticeships as a result of studying a vocational course at school," she said.
As principal of the soon to be built Armidale Secondary College Ms Lasker wished both classes of 2018 every success in their future studies, employment, travel or whatever their life’s journey led them to.
"Our schools – as Armidale Secondary College – have an ongoing focus on supporting our students to strive for excellence, whether is be academic, cultural, sporting or community based,” she said
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