Each year 100% of the children in Years 3-6 sit the various UNSW Australasian Schools Competitions with excellent results. While some schools only allow their talented children to sit these tests, at Hawkesbury Independent School we do not select which children sit these tests, but rather use the tests as a way of familiarising all of our primary children with the format of external testing. Children learn the skills of taking part in a multiple choice type test, including how to complete the information about themselves, how to interpret the questions and how to complete the computer-marked answers sheet. The tests are taken under exam conditions and are sent away to be marked externally.

We had great results in the 2018 UNSW English Competition. Of the 34 students who sat the test, 11 children received special awards. That represents 32% of our primary population. Congratulations to Ali who was awarded a High Distinction Certificate placing her in the top 1% of students sitting this test across Australia; Congratulations to Ava who was awarded a Distinction Certificate, and was placed in the top 7%. Congratulations to Jayden, Laleh, Imogen, Amber, Tristan and Arabella who were each awarded a Credit Certificate. Congratulations to Finn (yr 1), Sarah and Kalypso who were each awarded Merit Certificates. Well done, children!

We had great results in the 2018 UNSW Writing Competition. Of the 24 students who sat the test, 11 children received special awards. That represents 46% of our primary population. Congratulations to Gracie, Ali, Sarah and Tristan who were awarded Distinction Certificates, placing them in the top 10% of students in Australia. Congratulations to Ava, Kalypso, Felix, Soren and Arabella who were each awarded a Credit Certificate. Congratulations to Matthew and Alex who were each awarded Merit Certificates. Well done, children!

We had great results in the 2018 UNSW Spelling Competition. Of the 24 students who sat the test, 11 children received special awards. That represents 46% of our primary population. Congratulations to Gracie, Ali, Sarah and Tristan who were awarded Distinction Certificates, placing them in the top 10% of students in Australia. Congratulations to Ava, Kalypso, Felix, Soren and Arabella who were each awarded a Credit Certificate. A special mention to Finn who was awarded a Credit Certificate in the Year 2 paper, although he is only in Year 1. Congratulations to Matthew and Alex who were each awarded Merit Certificates. Well done, children!

We had great results in the 2018 UNSW Mathematics Competition. Of the 32 students who sat the test, 10 children received special awards. That represents 31% of our primary population. Congratulations to Reuben, Laleh,  Lily, Soren, Kalypso, Ali and Tristan who were each awarded a Credit Certificate. Congratulations to Asher who was awarded a Merit Certificate. A special mention to James and Finn who sat the Year 2 paper and were each awarded a Credit Certificate though they are only in Year 1. Well done, children!

We had great results in the 2018 UNSW Science Competition. Of the 30 students who sat the test, 8 children received special awards. That represents 27% of our primary population. Congratulations to Ali who was each awarded a Distinction certificate and was placed in the top 10% of students across the country. Congratulations to Jayden, Matthew, Asher, Sarah and Tristan who were awarded Credit Certificates and Congratulations to Lily and Soren who were awarded Merit Certificates. Well done, children!

Congratulations to all the children who sat the UNSW Computer Competition during 2018. Congratulations to Asher, Ali, Sarah and Felix who were each awarded Credit Certificates. Congratulations to Gracie who was awarded a Merit Certificate. Well done, children!

Great results for our small school!