IT’S been a solid year of HSC results at Shoalhaven High School, with a number of students gaining band five results, posting exam scores of 80 or higher for a particular subject.
Eighteen-year-old Nathan Wallace gained two band five results in ancient history (84) and biology (82) as well as band four results in advanced maths, chemistry and standard english.
He said it was a relief to get his results.
“I’m happy with how I went,” he said having posted an ATAR of 79.80.
He had already been offered early entry to the University of Wollongong to study an international bachelor of science honours course and the University of New England to study a bachelor of zoology.
“I guess I have a big decision to make,” he said.
“Both universities offer great things.
“At Wollongong, as part of the course, I get to study overseas for six months at either of its sister universities at Dublin or Colorado.
“There are also other chances to study abroad.
“I would major in biochemistry, leading to medical research and possibly genetic engineering.”
He said the UNE offered the chance to possibly follow his dream of becoming a vet surgeon.
“It would be a stepping stone to possibly get into a vet clinic and then go back to uni to complete my vet science course,” he said.
“I’m pretty open to either at the moment.”
Another student to taste success was Kimberley Cotterill who gained a band five for dance and is believed to be the first Shoalhaven High student to gain a callback nomination for her modern contemporary dance performance.
Her work was seen as exemplary and was nominated to go to callback performance of dance students to be held at Sydney University.
“I’m pretty thrilled with that,” she said.
It was a challenge for Kimberley, who left Nowra High at the end of year 10 due to the school not staging a dance program for senior students.
“It was tough having to move to Shoalhaven High so I could do dance but to get a mark of 86 and be in the band five level was great,” she said.
“Overall I’m pretty happy with my results.”
Kimberley has also gained early entry at Wollongong University to study biological science, with the hopes of eventually getting into dentistry.
It is understood Connor Payne also performed well with number of band five results.
Principal Kem Rakiposki was proud of his student’s performances.
“I’m exceptionally proud of our students and what they have achieved,” he said.
“Hopefully their performances can inspire future generations of students to emulate these results.
“These are the types of students we will bring back in coming years to talk to the current students about what they have been able to achieve after school.
“As a whole school community, we are extremely proud and we wish all our year 12 students the best for their futures ahead.”