Academic Results

We are particularly proud of our girls’ HSC results in 2019 and congratulate our Year 12 students and staff on their wonderful achievements.

HSC 2019 results

Our girls consistently achieve high results in the HSC—strong evidence of Ascham’s high quality of teaching and commitment to excellence.

  • 70

  • 30

99% of girls are offered places to universities.

  • 80

  • 20

Girls achieved marks of 70% or above in 616 out of the 629 examinations.

  • 60

  • 40

More than 50% of our students scored an ATAR above 90.

All-round Achievers list


14 girls are in the All-round Achievers list, having achieved top band marks (90% and above) in 10 or more of their units.

A further ten girls narrowly missed this honours list, having achieved top band results in eight or nine of their units.

Distinguished Achievers

While acknowledging that the entire 2019 cohort achieved well above the State average and deserves acclaim for their achievements we are also very pleased to report outstanding individual results:



Zara Lowe – first in the State in Drama.

History Extension


Saachi Brajkovic – first in the State in History Extension.

English Advanced


Saachi Brajkovic – second in the State in English Advanced.

French Continuers


Emily Sacks – second in the State in French Continuers.

French Continuers


Lara Elphinstone – third in the State in French Continuers.

Outstanding Results

A high percentage of Ascham girls achieved marks in the top band across all subjects. As a non-selective school, our results show we care for all students.

Through our unique Dalton Plan, dedicated teachers guided hardworking students to achieve outstanding results.

• Of the 629 exams, 616 girls achieved marks of 70% or above.

• In five of the twenty-one, 2 Unit Courses, our students achieved marks above 80%.

• In six of seven Extension courses, our students achieved marks above 80%.

Ascham students were enrolled in 28 different courses. In 11 of these courses our lowest exam mark was equal to, or higher than, the average state exam mark. This achievement includes subjects with varied candidatures such as English Standard, English Extension 2, Physics, all History courses, French Extension, Drama, Music 1 and Music 2.

Could there be a clearer indication of the academic strengths of our School and the Dalton Plan?

The results are exceptional from a group of committed students who showed the benefit of working consistently through the HSC year.

Special congratulations and thanks go to all the Ascham teachers who were involved with Year 12. The class of 2019 was nurtured by the Year Coordinator, Mrs Pascale Drever, who understood individual strengths and encouraged all the girls to strive for academic excellence.

Special thanks also to the Heads of Department in each subject area. These teachers made sure they developed curriculum initiatives to enhance results.

Hearty congratulations from all of us to the Class of 2019.

A selection of our HSC subjects and the percentage of girls coming in the top two performance bands compared to the State:

NSW average


Ancient History

35% : 91%


31% : 56%


45% : 60%

Chinese Cont

79% : 83%

Chin. In Context

89% : 100%


43% : 100%


51% : 92%

English Advanced

61% : 92%

English St

11% : 25%


64% : 91%


43% : 85%


55% : 66%


89% : 100%


49% : 74%

Maths Std 2

24% : 60%

Modern History

39% : 97%

Music 1

65% : 100%

Music 2

90% : 100%


31% : 61%


36% : 81%

Visual Arts

62% : 98%

Selected for ARTEXPRESS

Lulu Anderson’s HSC Body of Work was selected for exhibition in next year’s ARTEXPRESS. Lulu’s work April 25, 2015, will be displayed at Griffith Regional Gallery in 2020. We congratulate Lulu and her Visual Arts teachers.

2019 ARTEXPRESS Nominations

Selected for ARTEXPRESS

Marielle Caponas’s HSC Body of Work was also selected for exhibition in next year’s ARTEXPRESS. Marielle’s work You May House Their Bodies But Not Their Souls, will too be displayed at Griffith Regional Gallery in 2020. We congratulate Marielle and her Visual Arts teachers.

Nominated for OnSTAGE


In Drama Individual Performance, seven students were nominated for inclusion for OnSTAGE performances. These girls are Sophie Blades Songs for Nobodies, Martha Castaldi If Truth Be Told, Anna Coles Gross und Klein, Teya Kind Rise and Shine, Zara Lowe Letters to Lindy, Jessica Prout 4.48 Psychosis and Matilda Simpson Eurydice were nominated for their excellent individual performances.

Nominated for OnSTAGE


The Drama Group Performance, Portia Goodman, Teya Kind, Adelaide Maurency and Matilda Simpson were nominated for their Group Performance Kool Karrot Klan. Martha Castaldi, Anna Coles, Zara Lowe and Jessica Prout were nominated for their work, Blue.

Nominated for Encore

In Music, Ascham girls Annabel Howard and Sophie Blades were nominated for the 2020 Encore concert in the Music 1 and Music 2 courses respectively.

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