Kadinas tough year ends on a high

Some of Kadina High Schools HSC high achievers (rear l-r) Amy Lowndes, Jess Rose, Ingrid Martin and Amanda Sproule with (front l-r) Craig Attewell, Will Duncan, Luke Collie, Jonathan Outerbridge and Keaton Humphries.

In October Kadina High School was rocked by the news that four of its students had been tragically killed in a car accident at Broken Head.

As if dealing with the shock and grief wasnt enough, the horrific accident occurred immediately before the HSC exams. While the rest of the community mourned the death of the four boys, the year 12 students at Kadina had to deal with their sadness amid piles of text books and tests.

The resilience of the students became apparent this week when the HSC results came in the school not only excelled, but managed the highest HSC achievements in the schools history.

It was really tough, said Amy Lowndes, who still managed to achieve a Band 6 (the highest possible) in maths. We had media hounding us while we were trying to prepare for exams, and it was just stressful.

The fact that Amys father Stephen Lowndes is the principal added to the stress, as he juggled media, and understandably distraught family and students, right in the middle of the HSC exam period.

These students had to do their exams during an incredibly traumatic time and they have all done so fantastically, said Mr Lowndes. The teachers and the students really pulled together during this tough time.

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