A group of Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts Year 12 graduates celebrated their ATAR results at school yesterday.
School captain Jini Cheoi said the HSC had been "much easier than what it is made out to be".
Jini managed her time well and was pleased with an ATAR of 92.
"I aimed for 85," she said. "This was above my expectations."
Early entry acceptance into the University of Wollongong for a Bachelor of Commerce meant Jini did not need to stress. She will begin her degree in February.
School vice-captain Alix Risi achieved an ATAR of 93.05.
"I studied a lot," she said. "I was really happy with my results."
Alix admitted when she discovered her ATAR she "refreshed the page to make sure it didn't change and wasn't a mistake."
She aims to study psychology at the University of Wollongong.
McKenzee Scrine's creative passion meant she had to produce five major works for her HSC.
"It wasn't stressful at the beginning, but all my major works were due at around that same time," she said. "That was hard."
She managed to receive a band 6 for drama and multimedia and band 5s for her other subjects.
McKenzee plans to travel, work and make films, before studying to be part of the film industry.
David Simpson's ATAR of 91.05 was less than he hoped, but got him on the Bachelor of Design at the University of Technology Sydney.
"The HSC wasn't as stressful as I thought it would be," he said. "The year went by quickly."
Pictured: Successful sizzler: Wollongong High students (from left) Alix Risi, Jini Cheoi, McKenzee Scrine, David Simpson and Taylor Wells having a barbecue at the school to celebrate their ATAR scores. Photo: ADAM McLEAN