results 2023

Academic results

Ascham warmly congratulates the Class of 2023 on their outstanding HSC results. Our students’ steadfast commitment to learning, teamed with the tireless dedication of their teachers, has produced results of which each student should be very proud. Our educational framework, the Dalton Plan, supports Ascham students every step of the way, encouraging critical thinking, independence, reflection, and great collaboration between peers and teachers.

Why the HSC at Ascham?

For Ascham, the reasons for aligning with the HSC lie largely in the Dalton Plan. Its structure promotes learning that develops critical thinking, project-based learning, independent research and metacognitive reflection, and these attributes frame the HSC curriculum well.

The syllabus documents also align with our approach to teaching beyond the curriculum and building academic enrichment of girls. We can embed breadth and depth in all subject areas to ensure they are taught at the highest level to all students and allow for introducing further extension as needed.

Just as importantly, we find that a single HSC cohort strengthens collaboration and support among our girls as they prepare for HSC exams and subsequent tertiary aspirations.

HSC 2023 results

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Girls achieved marks of 70% or above in 631 out of the 652 examinations.

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More than 60% of our students scored an ATAR above 90.

All-round Achievers list

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

– Genevieve Anderson
– Heidi Best
– Francesca Cheatham
– Alexandra Jones
– Saoirse Kiernan
– Indigo Lee-Wilson
– Angie Nguyen
– Christine Smith
– Anjali Somia

A further 17 students narrowly missed the All-round Achievers list, having achieved top Band results in eight or nine of their units.

Distinguished Achievers

The entire 2023 cohort deserves acclaim for their achievements. We are also very pleased to report outstanding individual results:

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Isabella Kipper – 2nd in State for German Extension

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Roisin Carey – 4th in State for Chinese Extension

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Angellinah Guo – 5th in State for Music Extension

Outstanding results

As further testament to the power of the Dalton Plan, a high percentage of Ascham girls achieved marks in the top band across all subjects:

  • In 631 out of the 652 examinations, the girls achieved marks of 70% or above.

In the following courses, all girls achieved marks in the top band (above 90%):

  • Chinese Continuers
  • Chinese Extension
  • German Extension
  • Latin Extension

Ascham girls were enrolled in 33 different courses. In 14 of those, the entire cohort achieved a mark of 80% or above. 

These are exceptional results from a group of committed students who showed the benefit of working consistently through their HSC year, and a clear indication of the academic strengths at Ascham and the ongoing success of the Dalton Plan.

Congratulations go to all teachers who have worked closely with these students, to their Year Coordinator Mrs Kath Thorburn, who understood their individual strengths and encouraged them to strive for academic excellence, and to each Head of Department for developing curriculum initiatives to enhance the results of the girls.

Hearty congratulations from all of us to the Class of 2023.

ARTEXPRESS is an annual series of exhibitions of outstanding artworks created by NSW Visual Arts students for the HSC.

Six nominations:
• Elise Havens
• Zoe Hill
• Alexandra Jones
• Lucy McLaughlin
• Georgia Shelley
• Matilda Walker

One final selection:
• Georgia Shelley 

Georgia Shelley’s body of work The Pursuit of Perfection will be displayed as part of the ARTEXPRESS Virtual VX Exhibition.


OnSTAGE is an annual program at the Seymour Centre of exemplary group performances, individual performances and individual projects by HSC Drama students.

Eight students nominated in three sections:

Group Performance—On a Cold, Cold Night (self-devised)
– Anoushka Cayzer
– Mimi Lavender
– Poppy Marsh

Individual Performances
– Alexandra Jones — Too Junior Jones
– Mimi Lavender — Prima Facie
– Juliette Litver — The Whore of Mensa
– Poppy Marsh — Tom and Viv
– Chloe Middleton — Product
– Ruby O’Dwyer — The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Individual Project:
– Matilda Baldry — Just For One Day


The Encore concert is a program of outstanding performances and compositions by music students from schools across NSW.

One nomination:

– Angellinah Guo: Violin (Music Extension performance)

Angellinah was an accelerated Music student while in Year 11 in 2022 and received an Encore nomination for her Music 2 performance last year, as well as her nomination this year for her Music Extension performance.

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