Alstonville student scores highly despite serious accident

A TERRIBLE accident hasn't ruined the academic potential of Alstonville High student Bonnie Hindry.

In May this year Bonnie was involved in a serious car accident that left her badly hurt and forced her to take six months off school.

Consequently she was unable to sit her HSC exams, but she submitted the work she had completed for her visual arts major and sat part of the exam, getting a score of 80/100.

She also submitted the first draft of an English extension project and got 43/50.

Bonnie was regularly in the top three in her class and applied for special consideration through the Educational Access Scheme and she has been offered two places to study law at both SCU and Griffith.

Bonnie will take a gap year before taking up the offer.

She is hopeful for the future and pleased that the accident hasn't stopped her reaching her goal.

Students' efforts acknowledged by Board of Studies

THE president of the Board of Studies has acknowledged the "hundreds of thousands of school students who make our classrooms great learning environments".

Tom Alegounarias said more than 70,000 students left school every year with an HSC or Record of School Achievement for further study or work.

"The joy of teaching is in the success of our students," he said in a statement on the Board of Studies website.

"My thanks also go to the board's chief executive, Carol Taylor, board officers, teachers and staff at schools across NSW and parent groups - all of whom have made a contribution to our work in 2013."

Ms Taylor said it had been encouraging to see the growth in the number of senior students taking the board's literacy and numeracy tests.

She also said that 2014 would see a number of changes, including the finalisation of a new languages education policy, for a broader and more inclusive languages education for all NSW students.

The Board of Studies and Institute of Teachers will also merge to become the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards.