Oxley College Headmaster Chris Welsh praised all students – across the state – for their efforts in completing this year’s HSC.
He said it’s unfortunate the media concentrates on the performances of high achievers.
“A lot of the kids who don’t achieve high marks do terribly, terribly well with what they’ve got,” Mr Welsh said on Tuesday.
“Some of the kids we celebrate wouldn’t make a headline anywhere, but I know what they’ve done to get there.
“Of course, we’re delighted for those who achieved very high marks and they should be rewarded and recognised, but so should other people on their efforts.
“There’s only one per cent of people who get in the top one percent, and the other 99 matter.”
Mr Welsh estimated about half of his school’s HSC students scored a UAI of 80 or more.
With schools unable to access their own UAI breakdowns, Oxley’s calculations were done using a computer program and the actual exam results.
“Based on our calculations about 20 per cent of our students were in the top 10 per cent, which is about typical,” Mr Welsh said.
Oxley College’s candidature this year was 61.
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