2017 HSC Results and Student Achievements Acknowledged

Macquarie College Maintains The ‘Top 100’ Schools Ranking Through Its Commitment To Education Excellence In The Hunter Region

Macquarie College acknowledges the outstanding achievements of its 58 students who recently completed the Higher School Certificate.  As a result of 51 top Band results from the HSC class of 2017, Macquarie College delivers one of the Region’s highest performing secondary school programs, retaining its place within the Top 100 Schools in the State and Top 2 Independent Schools in the Hunter Region.

Macquarie College is the leading faith-based education provider in the Region, offering a Pre-School to Year 12 education experience underpinned by Christian values and principles.  Macquarie College is an place where people flourish in a community of learning.  Of the 58 students completing their HSC this year, 16 students began their education in Kindergarten at Macquarie College and are known as ‘K-12 Originals’.

Highest ATAR was achieved by Harrison Lyddiard, of 98.2 (English Advanced, Mathematics, Mathematics Extension, Biology, Physics, Studies of Religion 2).

Jasleen Atwal achieved Top Allrounder by receiving 90 or higher in five examinations undertaken (English Advanced, English Extension, Legal Studies, Modern History, History Extension, Studies of Religion 2). Jasleen achieved an ATAR of 98.1.

Tahlia Dent, also achieved an ATAR of 98.1 (English Advanced, English Extension 1 and 2, Ancient History, Modern History, Studies of Religion 2).

Holly Kozlik and Finn Ellem were nominated for ENCORE.

Harrison’s approach the HSC was well-rounded, finding the right balance between his scheduled study, part-time work, outdoor activity, and personal down-time.  Harrison is looking forward to studying Medicine in the next stage of his learning journey.

“I got myself organised from the very beginning, making sure that I had a planner for my study time and assessments, making sure I kept making progress right throughout instead of leaving anything to the last minute” said Harrison.

“Getting outside to walk the dog, watching some TV, going to a few shifts at work, and getting good quality sleep all helped keep me to stay focused and calm right to the end”.

Macquarie College Principal, Dr Bruce Youlden, congratulated this year’s cohort on their achievements, confirming that the HSC results are one of many important elements which represent students’ overall achievement during their time at the College.

“The 2017 Year 12 cohort has worked very hard to achieve personal best results, in many areas of academic study and co-curricular pursuits,” Dr Youlden said.

Dr Youlden praised the students and their families following today’s ATAR announcements, reflecting on the journey they have experienced over the past two years and the new life experiences awaiting the departing Year 12 students.

“We congratulate Harrison Lyddiard on achieving this year’s highest ATAR of 98.2, and commend his achievements in an intensive HSC program.  Harrison, Tahlia Dent and Jasleen Atwal alike have all applied themselves admirably to reach their potential through this stage of their learning journey and I am sure that they will continue to excel in their chosen paths.”

“We are proud of the students’ efforts and know that these performances will open many doors to future study and employment for a rich and fulfilling future.”

 “Macquarie College offers a well-rounded program of academic, sporting, cultural and spiritual learning which enriches the lives of our students as they enter society and guides them in their life choices as young adults.”


15% of students received 95+
26% of students received 90+
33% of students received 85+