Top of class in language

2019 HSC First in Course Ceremony, Mon 16th December 2019. Photo: Anna Warr

Lara celebrating ‘first’ in Portuguese Continuers

SOME rejoiced in their achievements while others were left searching for alternate pathways to reach their goals but either way, the long wait is finally over for thousands of Higher School Certificate (HSC) students.

The 2019 HSC results were released by SMS at 6am on Tuesday, with those looking for a university place having another anxious seven hour wait until 1pm, to find out their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

On Monday, Premier Gladys Berejiklian joined Education Minister Sarah Mitchell to congratulate those who finished first in one of this year’s 119 HSC courses, including Lara Santos Soares Braga from the Saturday School of Community Languages, Dulwich Centre, who topped the Portuguese Continuers course.

Ms Mitchell also commended those on the 2019 Merit List, including 1,449 students who received a ‘All Round Achievers Award’ for scoring the highest possible band in 10 units of study, and 790 identified as ‘Top Achievers’ for earning results in the highest band.

More than 66,000 students completed their HSC this year, and Ms Mitchell said regardless of their results they should all feel very proud of themselves because they had come to the end of a very challenging year.

“Now it is time to start thinking about what lies ahead,” she said.

“Whether you are heading off to vocational training or university, or plan to travel or work, the opportunities that the HSC affords you here, and around the world, are endless.

“Whilst it is inevitable some of you may not have had the result you hoped for today, there are a number of different pathways available now to help you reach your goals.”