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HSC Results 2015: Menai High the standout public school in high level English

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At Menai High School this year’s HSC students were encouraged to embrace their inner nerd. In fact, the more nerdy they were, the better.

Using a hashtag “nerdherd”, all year 12 students produced their own posters boasting about being a nerd as part of an innovative program.

The posters were hung around the school as a very visible reminder that studying and working hard was cool.

It has paid off. The school is the top performing comprehensive school on the higher level English merit list, coming in at the number four spot.

It was only beaten by selective schools James Ruse and Sydney Girls High and the independent girls’ school Abbotsleigh.

The school’s head teacher of English, Craig Mundy, said the Nerd Herd program had a huge impact on this year’s cohort of students.

“This was all about the students publicly saying they were proud to be achieving, proud to be working hard and studying,” Mr Mundy said.

Mr Mundy said the school also had excellent teachers, who were all extremely motivated and passionate.

“We have a fantastic English faculty that has a great team approach and is very unified and they are very focused on giving as much feedback as they can, so the teachers are constantly marking and giving feedback which is a huge undertaking for them,” Mr Mundy said.

Mr Mundy said while he was excited by the school’s place on this year’s merit list, it did not surprise him.

“My favourite piece of data that I always refer to is that 50 per cent of all kids at this school gets at least 80, so band 5 or 6, in English, and that’s been happening since about 2007,” Mr Mundy said.

“We have been taking really average kids and they are growing to become great students.”

For several of the Menai High students who achieved a band 6 in advanced English, they pointed to the school’s teachers as the secret to their success.

Valerie Wang, 17, scored the school’s highest mark in advanced English with 96.

“I just wanted to make my English teacher, Mrs Chapman, proud. She was very passionate about English and I think that was really contagious.”

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