Up with the best
By JENI FAULKNER
THIRTEEN years of waiting finally came to an end yesterday with students all over the State receiving their Higher School Certificate results.
The Year 12 Class of 2004 has achieved the best results in the new Higher School Certificate since it was introduced in 2001 and the Clarence/Coffs Harbour area was no exception.
Emily Jarman from the Christian Community School ranked first in the State for Indonesian Beginners. She was one of 41 students who sat the exam and her teacher, Jonathan Petersen, said he wasn't surprised she received 99 per cent in her exam.
"Emily has a naturally remarkable memory, and she was very committed to her work," Mr Petersen.
In his class of six Mr Petersen said two other students also achieved a Band 6.
Overall in the Clarence/Coffs Harbour Education Area 108 students achieved top results by qualifying as Distinguished Achievers, scoring 90 or more in a subject.
Two students, Karinvir Gill from Toormina High School and Chelsea Rose Herman from Woolgoolga High School, qualified as All-Rounders, scoring 90 or more in 10 or more units of study.
Three students, Nerida Little from the Coffs Harbour Senior College, Laura Smith from Maclean High School, and Ashleigh Mallinson from Toormina High School, qualified as Top Achievers coming in the top 20 in courses of 10,000 or more candidates.
At Bellingen High School the Industrial Arts faculty continued their sensational record. The Engineering studies group was 3.47 marks above the State average and four Industrial Technology students scored Band 6.
The only student studying music at the school scored a Band 6 and above average marks were also recorded for Senior Science, Society and Culture as well as Information Technology.
In English Extension 2 the marks were 3.49 above the State average and already eight students have been accepted into the University of New England early entry scheme.
Acting Premier and the Minister for Education and Training, Dr Andrew Refshauge, congratulated all the students who made it onto the HSC merit.
"The students in the merit lists should be proud of achieving such great marks in an exam which is recognised around the world," Dr Refshauge said.
"By international standards, schooling in NSW is second to none and these results show that local schools are providing excellence in teaching across a range of subjects."
HSC students will be able to access their Universities Admission Index (UAI) online or by telephone today from 9am.
The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) managing director, Andrew Stanton, said this year about 51,000 of more than 66,000 students were eligible for a UAI.
To access UAIs, students need their UAC's InfoLine on 1900 957 500 or visit the website at www.uac.edu.au.
On Wednesday the Coffs Coast Advocate will feature stories on our Year 12 achievers.