Byron High School’s achievers recognised
The North Coast Regional Director for the Department of Education and Training, Peter Haigh, and the School Education Director for the Southern Cross network of schools, Greg Cloak, visited the school to congratulate HSC students on their outstanding marks.
The school was the highest ranking comprehensive school in the HSC on the North Coast, an area stretching from Forster to Tweed Heads. Mr Haigh was impressed by the positive environment at the school and spoke about the value of the public education system in providing both a formal and social education.
He said that research consistently demonstrated that successful students from public schools continue that success at university or other endeavours because they have well-established independent learning skills and self-reliance.
Principal Barry Miller said he was very impressed with how the students had supported each other, demonstrating a very mature and positive approach to their work.
P&C member Claire Oelrichs, whose son Cooper was one of the high achievers of the year, was thrilled by the academic outcomes of the school.
She said the strong parent body had continued to support the excellent work done by the staff.
“We are extremely fortunate to live in an area where there is the opportunity to support the public education system and go to a school which has outperformed some of the GPS Sydney Schools in the HSC,” she said.
“We believe that our top score of 99.6 by David Hertzberg is the highest in the region. To have two other students, Kirra Liu and Rebecca Kilpatrick, come in the top five in the state in different subjects and approximately 20 per cent of students gain a UAI of over 90 shows the depth of quality of the marks.”
Molly Lewis, one of the school captains in 2008, praised the care and expert teaching given by her teachers. “We always felt so encouraged to do our best. Our teachers were always there for us, inspiring us to do well,” she said.