Ed­u­ca­tion Up­date

Lat­est news from some of the top schools around Hornsby Shire

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There will al­ways be con­tention around league ta­bles and com­par­isons when it comes to ed­u­ca­tion. It’s un­der­stand­able – par­ents need a start­ing point to make de­ci­sions on their chil­dren’s school­ing. Some par­ents choose a com­pletely dif­fer­ent set of cri­te­ria spe­cific to their chil­dren’s needs, tal­ents and goals.

What­ever your start­ing point, at Hills Gram­mar we aim to nur­ture the in­di­vid­ual’s strengths and tal­ents to re­alise their full po­ten­tial and guide the stu­dents to the best pos­si­ble out­come. In the short term, for the vast ma­jor­ity of stu­dents, this means en­try into their first or sec­ond op­tion for ter­tiary learn­ing; op­ti­mis­ing their ATAR score. Very dif­fer­ent to the school’s ‘HSC Top 100’ plac­ing; the stu­dent’s in­di­vid­ual ATAR is what counts when it comes to univer­sity en­trance. With around 30% gain­ing ATARs over 90 in 2017, the vast ma­jor­ity of Hills grad­u­ates achieved their aca­demic goal.

Think­ing in the longer term, what stays with grad­u­ates af­ter their school days are well and truly be­hind them, are the ex­pe­ri­ences they have had, the re­la­tion­ships formed, and the deeper learn­ing that is tes­ta­ment to a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion. More than the HSC, in other words.

Bri­anna from the Class of 2017 re­flects: “Hills Gram­mar’s core val­ues of re­spect, in­tegrity, ser­vice, and ex­cel­lence have be­come in­grained in my own value sys­tem. The count­less op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­tend my­self have con­trib­uted to the de­vel­op­ment of my abil­i­ties and per­spec­tive of the world.

“The phys­i­cal and so­cial en­vi­ron­ment of Hills has sup­ported the de­vel­op­ment of each stu­dent. Ad­di­tion­ally, the sound of na­tive wildlife whilst in the class­room serves to re­mind stu­dents of the grand scheme of things, pro­vid­ing a sense of seren­ity.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence at Hills Gram­mar was in­valu­able. The life­long friend­ships I’ve made and foun­da­tional skills that I’ve de­vel­oped will re­main with me and pos­i­tively in­flu­ence my fu­ture. As the school has grown, the stu­dents have de­vel­oped along­side the cam­pus to be­come Hills Orig­i­nals, each with their own strengths. Among the Hills is where I found joy and I’m proud to for­ever be a Hills Gram­mar­ian.”

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