- There were more than 70,000 HSC students across NSW
- 21 girls and 25 boys received the top ATAR of 99.95
- 116 students received the First in Course award
- 42 public school students and 39 Catholic and independent school students took First in Course
- 55,734 students were eligible for an ATAR - 252 more than last year
Sources: Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW; Universities Admissions Centre
YEAR 12 students across NSW can breathe a big sigh of relief with the release of their High School Certificate results, but they still have to wait for tomorrow to know if they qualify for their chosen University courses.
Three top achieving students across the Rivers Secondary College excelled in different areas but were equally pleased with their outcomes.
"I got 91 in chemistry, 90 in physics and biology. 88 in Maths and 86 in English," Kadina High graduate Dominic Waters said.
"I was pretty pleased with my Community and Family Studies (CAFS) and my PE," Georgie Morris from Richmond River High said. "In PE, I got 88 and CAFS was 93."
Lismore High Campus graduate Mitchell Roberts achieved a 98 in Extension Two Maths and 96 in Extension One.
Dominic said his results came in at 5.30am this morning.
"My parents are down in Canberra at the moment but I gave them a ring at 5.30am... I thought the results would come out at 6 but I got mine early," he said.
Georgie and Mitchell slept in a bit and checked their results around 7.30am.
They advised next year's Year 12s to utilise practice exams, syllabus-specific notes and assignment drafts when studying for exams.
Rivers Secondary College head teacher Sonya Laverty congratulated school leavers.
"Students have different challenges throughout the HSC year and it's remarkable they come out in the end with excellent results," she said.
Kadina High Campus principal Ian Davis said results had clearly improved from last year.
"It's a great effort across the whole three campuses ... Kadina had six Band 6s, 33 Band 5s and 56 Band 4s ... it's definitely up from 2014," he said.
Ms Laverty said Lismore High Campus results were noticeably higher as well.
Today was the last day of school for NSW students, but Ms Laverty said work will continue for teachers, who have already started planning for next year.
"Staff are continually working on programming ... particularly if you have a senior course or a course that goes across Year 9 and 10," Ms Laverty said.
"You have a bit of a break and then get back into it usually early January."