Byron Bay High School Year 12 advisor Kristy Collins with Dux of the Year Tim Dipple and fellow HSC student April Orme.
Byron Bay High School Year 12 advisor Kristy Collins with Dux of the Year Tim Dipple and fellow HSC student April Orme.

Classical musician is number one

Byron Bay High School’s Dux of the Year for 2010, Tim Dipple, intends to take a gap year next year to work and travel to Europe.


The 18-year-old received an ATAR (university admission rank) of 94.


“I am really happy with my results,” Tim said.


“But now I am looking forward to some time off and travelling to Sweden where a lot of my family live.


 “I worked really hard this year and really I studied too much. I didn’t have much of a social life and if I was to do my HSC again I would study smarter.”


Tim is a classical musician, having played the piano since he was 10.


After his gap year, he hopes to undertake a Bachelor of Arts at Sydney University.


Tim’s results included a 95 for Music; 90 for Mathematics 2 unit; 87 for Advanced English; 40 (out of 50) for Mathematics Extension; 82 for Physics and 82 for Chemistry.


Fellow student April Orme received an ATAR of 85.5.


She was also very happy with her result.


“I had so much fun this year. It’s a great school,” April said.


She is also having a year off to work and travel before undertaking study at university.


“Something in the sciences, I think,” April said.


Other students to perform well included Martin Jones, Aislinn Hanley and Daisy Sowter.


Principal Peter King said he was extremely pleased with the results.


“These are great results and it’s not just the kids who got high marks I am pleased with, but with those students who achieved the best results according to their ability,” he said.


A total of 78 students sat the HSC, with 21 students achieving one or more Band 6 results and 34 students in Band 5.


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