student achievements

Class of 2021 - Higher School Certificate results

The PLC Armidale Advantage is evident once more as with great delight I outline a summary of the Class of 2021 Higher School Certificate results. Many of the girls achieved outstanding results, reflecting the focus, self-discipline and resilience which characterised this diverse cohort, especially considering the disruption Covid-19 brought to their final stage of schooling. The achievement of the girls individually and collectively across subjects studied, exemplifies the culture of learning at PLC Armidale.


Congratulations to the 10 students who were recognised on the NESA Distinguished Achievers’ award list for attaining a Band 6 result (mark over 90 in one or more courses).


Each year, a leading Sydney newspaper publishes a list of the top 150 schools in the State. Inclusion on this list is based upon the ‘success’ rate of individual schools. In this context, success is defined as the number of high scores (Band 6/mark over 90 or equivalent) expressed as a percentage of the total number of examination papers sat at the school. This count does not include subjects studied through an accelerated pattern of study or Distance Education.


Our Year 12, 2021 cohort size meant that this pre-requisite number of examination papers set by the newspaper for inclusion on its list was not met, hence a search for PLC Armidale will not yield any results. However, using the same metric, we are able to indicate that high score results (Band 6 or equivalent) were achieved by 53% of our cohort across the courses taught at the College. This put our ‘success rate’ at around 14.9% which once more is one of the highest success rates in the New England Region.


ATARS (issued by the University Admissions Centre) are not made directly available to schools, however, we have begun hearing back from a number of our students and offer congratulations to the following girls who have attained an ATAR over 90 with additional ATARs yet to be confirmed:


  • Georgia Butler 95.05
  • Pearl Rogers 93.85
  • Natalie Brennan 90.15 

A special mention and congratulations to the students who were recognised on the 2021 NSW Distinguished Achievers list which records students who achieved a result in the highest band (Band 6 or Band E4) for one or more courses:


Natalie Brennan

Investigating Science, Legal Studies

Georgia Butler

Ancient History, Visual Arts

Rachael Kenrick

Music 2

Lilly McCook


Tomasina Model

Mathematics Standard 2

Jorja Power

Legal Studies, Modern History

Pearl Rogers

Ancient History, Design and Technology, Drama

Charlotte Thomas

Music 1

Julia Wisniewski

Music 2

Lucy Wright

Agriculture (Accelerated)


Congratulations also to Georgia Butler whose Visual Arts Body of Work has been selected for inclusion in Art Express and to Pearl Rogers who received a nomination for the inclusion of her Drama Individual Performance in OnStage.


Recording high bands of achievement is one measure of success and we are thrilled for the girls whose effort and application has yielded these results along with the staff who have readied them. We have also been notified by many of the girls that they have received offers to their courses of choice, in a range of Universities and training Colleges, again a measure of success. The academic and personal growth of each individual, perseverance through adversity and finishing well are measures of lasting achievement.


The College is very proud of the class of 2021 who have enriched our community throughout their time with their creativity, compassion and inclusive care of others, qualities which will serve them well in the years ahead.


On behalf of the staff of PLC Armidale, I would like to congratulate once more the Class of 2021 and wish them well in their future endeavours.


Mrs Nicola Taylor
(02) 6770 1700