High school students set for university success
Student Jeremy Wood, St Paul II Catholic College.
Studying a university unit while still in high school may be daunting for some, but for 15 students from St John Paul II Catholic College and Wyndham College, completing a milestone in their pathway to higher education was a proud moment.
The rare opportunity is offered by Western Sydney University for students at the Nirimba Education Precinct which has an ongoing partnership with the University and Nirimba TAFE.
The students' completion of their units was celebrated at a ceremony held at the University's Blacktown campus. Results were exceptional with three High Distinctions, eight Distinctions and four Credits awarded to the talented students.
>As a result of their success, all the students will receive a pre-HSC offer of admission to the University.
Anne McLean, Manager of schools Engagement, says she is proud to give these students every chance to succeed.
"It's a real tribute to students that they can achieve great results even in the midst of the demands of senior high school," she says.
"The program is a way to relieve any stress or worry about the future by providing them with a university offer even before they sit their exams."
As part of the program, students who received Distinctions or High Distinctions are offered further rewards for their achievements, including:
- $500 study grant to help with their HSC year.
- The offer of a conditional Academic Excellence Scholarship of $5,000 per year for up to four years of study at Western Sydney University.
At the location, students were congratulated by Pro-vice Chancellor (Digital Futures), Professor Kevin Bell and Alan Moran, Deputy Dean for Student Success at The College Principals and selected students also presented speeches on the night.
This partnership with the two High Schools is part of the University of Western Sydney's Schools Engagement Program which aims to improve academic performance and retention as well as provide educational opportunities for primary and high school students.
Students that participated and unit studied:
|St John Paul II Catholic College|
|Georgia Duncan||Psychology and Health|
|Rachel Foong||Psychology and Health|
|Samantha Poullos||Introduction to Human Biology|
|Jeremy Wood||Psychology and Health|
|Rose Zappia||Communication in Health|
|Wozaila Arefin||Programming Fundamentals|
|Emily Blue||Introduction to Human Biology|
|Daide Chaker||Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice|
Graphic Communication and Design
|Christian Conol||Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice|
|Zane El-Kamand||Programming Fundamentals|
|Caitlyn Franks||The Individual in Society|
|Te'Aumata Rairi||Psychology and Health|
|Tamara Savage||Communication in Health|
7 June 2017
Jessica Cortis, Media Assistant
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