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Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016

Minister recognises state’s top students

Tomorrow over 77,000 NSW students will receive their HSC results, and today a handful of students have been able to celebrate early with the news they have topped the state in one or more courses.

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli presented 129 certificates to 124 students from 74 NSW schools at today’s First in Course Awards ceremony.


Mr Piccoli said students who come first in an HSC course have achieved at the highest level in a world-class credential.

“This is a very proud day for all the students who have achieved a First in Course result, as well as for their families and their teachers,” Mr Piccoli said.

“Whether a student tops the State or not, undertaking the HSC gives young people skills and experience that will serve them well in their lives beyond school.”

Assistant Minister for Education Leslie Williams recognised the Aboriginal Studies First in Course saying that it was pleasing to see such strong interest in the course across the State

“I wish all our 2016 HSC students every success in building on your outstanding achievements and urge you to make the most of your hard work, whether you choose to go to university, vocational education or into the workforce,” Ms Williams said

In 2016:

  • equal first place was awarded in nine courses
  • including six students sharing equal first in the 2 unit Mathematics course
  • five students received a First in Course award for two courses.

The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) will issue HSC results to students from 6.00am tomorrow (Thursday) via SMS.

The HSC Inquiry Centre will be available on 1300 138 323 from 9.00am tomorrow to answer students’ questions about their results.

From Wednesday 21 December 2016 eligible students can download their HSC results, with their HSC testamur to arrive by post from 20 January 2017. 

2016 HSC First in Course – Fact sheet

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