ATAR of 99.45 for Dux in best TAS HSC results in a decade

Posted 14th December 2017

Two students on the All Round Achievers List, an ATAR of 99.45 for Dux Flynn Ihle, 13 students achieving Australian Tertiary Admission Rankings above 90 and 18 students achieving 47 Band 6 results in a record 22 subjects are among the highlights for this year’s HSC results at The Armidale School.

Flynn, a boarder from Tenterfield was yesterday named on the All Rounder Achievers List with Band 6 in Ancient History (97), Economics, English Advanced, Legal Studies, Mathematics and Band 6 equivalents in English Extension 1 and History Extension. He says he is confident he will be accepted into his course of choice at the University of Queensland.

“Getting over 99 means I’ll probably get into Medicine providing I pass my UMAT exam, but I’m also quite interested in Vet Science, a Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics or a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics which I didn’t think I’d get into – so I’ve got plenty to think about,” he said.

Fellow All Rounder Samuel Thatcher, who secured 98.4, is also looking at studying a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics, but at Australian National University. TAS was again the only school in the New England North West to have two students on the All Round Achievers List, and the only boys.

Close behind were fellow boarders Lachlan Knowles (Lake Macquarie) on 98.25 then Liam Treavors (Cudal) 96.95.

“Going into Year 11 I was hoping for 95, so this is great. Feedback from teachers who marked practice essays and past papers was a great help. Also, a lot of us worked and studied together out of school hours and I really think that collaborative approach lifted our results overall,” Sam said.

Rounding out the 90s were Saxon Hughes (Glen Innes) 94.3, David Wu (Armidale) 94.25, Caton Lupica (Armidale) 94.0, Ziggy Harris (Armidale) 93.9, Tom Wright (Armidale) 93.55, Jessie Digby (Sydney) 92.10, Mohammed Ahsan (Armidale) 92.05, Imogen Gifford (Armidale) 90.95 and Harry Forsythe (Scone) 90.9.

More broadly, there was a strong lift from Band 4s to Band 5s compared to previous years – reflecting an increased strategic focus on academic culture at the school, Headmaster Murray Guest said.

“The cohort as a whole has performed very well and met or exceeded expectations, and it is particularly gratifying to see so many students achieve at the top end across such a broad range of subjects,” he said.

“The results are not just a tribute to their hard work and the school wishes them well in their endeavours.”

In brief:

  • Two students (Flynn Ihle and Samuel Thatcher) on the All Round Achievers List
  • TAS students on the All Round Achievers List for 8 of the past 9 years
  • Dux Flynn Ihle with an ATAR of 99.45
  • 13 students with an ATAR above 90
  • 18 Distinguished Achievers received 47 Band 6s in a record 22 subjects