Quakers Hill students ace higher education

Uni achievement: Students from Wyndahm and Terra Sancta Colleges display their certificates for sucessful completion of a UWS subject after a presentation on April 30.

Uni achievement: Students from Wyndahm and Terra Sancta Colleges display their certificates for sucessful completion of a UWS subject after a presentation on April 30.

Fifteen students from Wyndham College and Terra Sancta College at Quakers Hill have completed a university subject while still in high school.

The year 11 students were presented with certificates at a ceremony held to recognise their achievement at the Nirimba Education Precinct — where both schools reside — on Wednesday afternoon.

The cohort achieved seven high distinctions and five distinctions between them in subjects undertaken through the University of Western Sydney’s pathways college, also at the Nirimba precinct.

Participants gain pre-acceptance into a UWS course.

Those who receive distinctions or high distinctions also receive a $500 study grant to help with their HSC year and may be offered an Academic Excellence Scholarship of $5000 per year for up to four years of study at UWS.

The university’s schools engagement manager Anne McLean said pre-acceptance to a course at UWS would take pressure of the students who participated while in year 12.

“Students will hopefully be in a more relaxed frame of mind when they sit their exams, knowing a place at UWS is assured,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m sure though that this group of students would do well as they have managed to finish a UWS unit while still at school and gained excellent results.”

Students who have successfully completed a UWS unit are:

Terra Sancta College

• Edrian Acosta

• Jamie Brooks

• James Delfino

• Treeni Fernando

• Timothy Lao

• Rebecca Walden

Wyndham College

• Sam El-Kamand

• Aaron Gutugutuwai

• Jessi Hunt

• Bhawantha Jayawardena

• Mackenzie Lawrence

• Georgina Lord

• Erin Meier

• Elliot Roynan

• Ryan Vincent

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