Students who topped this year’s Higher School Certificate were honoured today in a special First in a Course awards ceremony hosted by the NSW Government.

Education Minister Rob Stokes awarded academic prizes to 127 students from across the State who came first or equal first in one or more of this year’s 118 HSC courses.

“I congratulate not just these winners, but all of this year’s HSC recipients for their dedication, perseverance and hard work,” Mr Stokes said.

In a testament to NSW’s world-class education system, an equal number of government and non-government schools – 46 of each – were recognised in this year’s First in Course awards.

“I am proud to see the HSC successes across NSW schools, thanks to the hard work of teachers and families in supporting and nurturing our talented students,” Mr Stokes said.

Some of the schools that saw multiple First in Course awards received included Elderslie High School, Northern Beaches Secondary College, Burwood Girls High School, Sydney Grammar School, Sydney Boys High School, Pymble Ladies’ College, James Ruse Agricultural High School and Chatswood High School.

“Recipients from these schools come from a diverse range of backgrounds. What unites them is their talent, intelligence and excellent school support networks,” Mr Stokes said.

The remaining 76,700 students who sat their HSC this year will receive their results by SMS, email or online from 6am tomorrow.

“Don’t despair if you do not achieve the result you were hoping for – remember there are so many paths to success and your HSC doesn’t define you,” Mr Stokes said.