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Thursday, 25 Aug 2016

WordeXpress published works of HSC English students

Mr Tom Alegounarias, President of the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) today launched WordeXpress – the annual BOSTES showcase of exemplary HSC English Extension 2 major works delivered in partnership with the State Library of NSW.

More than 1600 students studied English Extension 2 in the 2015 HSC and 18 have their works published in the WordeXpress’ Young Writers Showcase anthology.


“The Young Writers Showcase celebrates great writing. In whatever career path we choose, expressing our ideas to engage our audiences is important. That is the value of a great education,” Mr Alegounarias said.

“I wish to congratulate the 18 students whose works have been selected for WordeXpress and thank them for sharing their creativity.

“We all learn from reading works of excellence and every year it is a great pleasure to learn from such insightful young minds.”

The works include four poems, eight short stories, three critical responses, a speech and a script.

For the HSC, two of the 18 students received seven Band 6s, four received six Band 6s, three received five Band 6s, one received four Band 6s, and six received three Band 6s. All students received at least one band 6.

One student, Caitlin Williams was also selected for OnStage, the Drama showcase.

“As high achievers in a range of HSC subjects, the students have demonstrated both deep and broad knowledge,” Mr Alegounarias said.

“I also wish to acknowledge the effort and support of the English teachers who have nurtured the talents of their students.”

In addition to WordeXpress, BOSTES celebrates excellence across a range of subjects with our annual showcases.

These include ARTEXPRESS for Visual Arts students, OnStage for Drama students, CALLBACK for Dance students, Encore for Music students, and Shape for Design and Technology, Textiles and Design, and Industrial Technology students.

The featured authors in Young Writers Showcase15 are:











To the darkroom: photography and to the Lighthouse

critical response

Presbyterian Ladies' College Sydney

Illya Conn

At the doors of the house of bread


Fort Street High School

J D Everett

The nature of poetic form: a celebrative elegy


The King's School, Parramatta

Bridget Flaherty

Historical perspectives on the female composer


Loreto Normanhurst

Lauren Freemantle

On a wing and a prayer

short story

St Francis Xavier's College

Ellen Frohlich

Whatever season reigns …

short story

Kotara High School

Ayesha Harris-Westman



James Fallon High School

Luke Harry

Dancing with the shadows

short story

The Scots College

Kiyan Hijjawi

The Imperial and Colonial conquest of land and women alike

critical response

Gosford High School

Eleanor Kirk

Part of a day

short story

Sydney Girls High School

Athena Krisanaleela

The golden bough


Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College

Grace Lancaster

Je ne comprends pas: ‘I’m claiming the right to be unhappy’

performance poetry

St Francis Xavier's College

Olivia Learmont

The caretaker

short story

Stella Maris College

Sara Miller

Lights, passing

short stories

Sapphire Coast Anglican College

Lachlan Penninkilampi

Postmodern gothic cinema: a critical analysis

critical response

Penrith High School

Beatrice Wardhaugh

The last Welsh winter

short story

Newcastle Grammar School

Caitlin Williams

In the light of that dawn

short story

Barker College

Alexander Youssef

A timely death: exploring the tension of absolutes and relativity in literature

critical response

St Aloysius' College

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