Nirimba program gives high school students first foray into university

With the HSC just around the corner, 19 Western Sydney high school students have taken the chance to secure their university entrance before they even sit an exam.

Students from Wyndham College and St John Paul II Catholic College have taken part in the Nirimba Education Program, which allows students to study a first year University subject with Western Sydney University all while completing their high school education. Students who successfully complete their subject receive pre-HSC offers to the University.

Wyndham College, St John Paul II Catholic College and Western Sydney University form part of the Nirimba Education Precinct at Blacktown.  The students’ achievements were recognised at a special ceremony on campus.

Anne McLean, Manager of Schools Engagement, says studying a university unit whilst in high school gives students skills which help them with their HSC work, and makes them better prepared for post-school study.

"These students have shown they can tackle new challenges, adapt and thrive in the university environment. It’s great they’ve been able to do this at the same time as senior high school," says Ms McLean.

"It gives them a head start with their future study, and our early offers relieve the pressure that comes with the HSC"

The program has been running since 2008. This year’s talented group of students all passed their chosen subject. The results included eight high distinctions, six distinctions, a credit and four passes.

While all the students will receive a pre-HSC offer, there were additional incentives for students who achieved a high distinction or a distinction, with the university offering:

  • a $500 study grant to help with their HSC year, and
  • a conditional Academic Excellence Scholarship offer of $5,000 per year for up to four years.

During the ceremony, the awards were presented by Glenis Carroll, Executive Director of Marketing at Western Sydney University and Alan Moran, Acting CEO of The College, spoke about the achievements of the students. Both school principals also congratulated the students. Lidya Rivai from Wyndham and Matthew Graham from St John Paul II shared with guests the positive experiences they’d had studying with the University.

Students that participated and unit studied:

St John Paul II Catholic College
Charbel Azzi Financing Enterprises
Brianna Cassar Policing, Justice & Society
Jason Eishoui Financing Enterprises
Matthew Graham Policing, Justice & Society
Ayla Gurbuz Policing, Justice & Society
Andrew Smith Programming Fundamentals

Wyndham College
Isabella AhmadCommunication in Health
Alicia BangIntroduction to Human Biology
Marcus BelcastroPhysics 1
Holly BrambleGlobal History
Jayden CavanaghScientific Literacy
Kira ConnellyThe Individual in Society
Rola ElayanPolicing, Justice and Society
Tiarna FosterIntroduction to Human Biology
Tamasha JayawardenaPsychology and Health
Neridah McRaeThe Individual in Society
Lidya RivaiThe Individual in Society
Daisy ScottCell Biology
David WoodwardPhysics 1