Students are at the centre of everything we do at Darwin High School. We celebrate with great pride their achievements in not only academic endeavours but sporting achievements, leadership, VET, creative and performing arts and service to the community. It is this diversity — the achievement of excellence across all disciplines, and for all students — that is the hallmark of our great school.

2017 academic results

It is with great pleasure that we congratulate all of our students from the Class of 2017 on their outstanding achievements in the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET):

  • 97 percent of our students completed their NTCET.
  • 52 students achieved an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 90 or more, placing them in the top 10% of students in Australia.
  • over half of our students (55%) achieved an ATAR of 70 or above, placing them in the top 30 % of students in Australia.
  • Eight of the 2017 Top 20 students were from Darwin High School, including the top NT student, Nisangi Wijesinghe, who achieved an ATAR of 99.8. 
  • Sixteen students achieved an A+ in one or more subjects and nineteen students achieved an A+ merit in one or more subjects. A+ Merit represents exceptional achievement in the subject and these students are in the top 2 % of their cohort.

Graduate recognition

Many of our Class of 2016 graduates were also recognised at the NT Board of Studies Awards, including:

  • Aaron Berthon:  Mathematics Teachers Association of the NT Vic Czerneskyj Mathematics Award, the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Physics Award, a Top 10 ATAR Award, a Top 20 NTCET Students Award, the Most Outstanding Stage 2 NTCET Student of 2016 Award and Certificates of Merit in Mathematical Studies and Physics.
  • Rachel Park: Menzies School of Health Research Biology Award, the Australian Veterinary Association (NT Division) Dennis Thomson Memorial Science Award, a Top Twenty NTCET Students Award and a Certificate of Merit in Biology.
  • Marcus Valastro: Charles Darwin University Top Indigenous ATAR Award and the Most Outstanding Stage 2 NTCET Indigenous Student of 2016 Award.
  • Douglas Lee: Ian Macgregor Rotary Award for English Studies.
  • Eddie Gardiner: Iain Smith Rotary Award for History.
  • Annelies Kersemakers: International Association of Hydrogeoligists (NT Branch) Geography Award.
  • Lucy Quinlin: Law Society NT Award for Legal Studies
  • Nisangi Wijesinghe: NT Music School Music Award.
  • Jack Davis: Certificate of Merit Women’s Studies and a Top Twenty NTCET Students Award.
  • Franjesca Cercarelli: Certificate of Merit Scientific Studies 
  • Deanna Chin: Certificate of Merit Communication Products
  • Leon Danicic: Certificate of Merit Integrated Learning
  • Tully Hemsley: Certificate of Merit Visual Arts - Art
  • Lana Laureles: Certificate of Merit Visual Arts - Art
  • Douglas Lee: Certificate of Merit English Studies
  • Max Oliphant-Hand: Certificate of Merit Systems and Control Products
  • Natarsha Whelan: Certificate of Merit Mathematical Applications

Year 11 Darwin High School student Olivia Harding won the NT Board of Studies Year 11 VET Award.

Our students abroad

In addition to these excellent academic results, in 2016 our students broadened their understanding of themselves, and the world around them, through many interstate and overseas experiences. Centre for Excellence students visited Singapore and Malaysia and competed in the National Science and Engineering Challenge in New South Wales. Language students gained first hand experiences in China and Japan, and our World Challenge group completed a project and learned valuable team work skills in Kuala Lumpur and the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia.

Local and national events

Closer to home, our students supported community events and commemorations such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, won the secondary debating finals, the NT Literary Award for Youth, the NT Youth Business Awards and outperformed their peers in basketball, swimming, squash, table tennis, cycling and many other pursuits. Our students also hosted the Seniors’ Morning of Entertainment and numerous fundraisers for humanitarian causes.

The Compass App

Students and their families are encouraged to download the Darwin High School Compass app to their smart phone/tablet device. Compass app allows you to stay up to date with announcements and events, complete a range of e-forms for student absences and excursions and easily contact us via phone or email direct from the app.

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