Our Achievements

We at Norwood Morialta High School are extremely proud of the achievements of our students and school.

SACE Achievement 2021

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!                   100% SACE Completion

The Norwood Morialta High School community is delighted to announce the outstanding South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) results achieved by our Class of 2021.

We are very proud of our 2021 graduates’ achievements. This special group represents the end of an amazing era being the last graduating class for Norwood Morialta High school. From 2022 our school will be located on one site and will be known as Norwood International High School.

Over the past two years our graduates demonstrated flexibility, consideration for others, resilience and determination to rise above the challenges of the COVID pandemic and studying within (what has felt like) a construction site.

These impressive achievements are indicative of the hard work, passion and tenacity that our students displayed throughout the year. The collective results also reflect the great passion, skills and professionalism of our teachers who support our students to flourish in learning and life.

We congratulate all students who achieved their personal best and in particular wish to acknowledge the following students (who are recognised in the top 2% of the nation):



achieved an ATAR of 99.20

(2 Merits in English (2020) and Research Project B, A+ in Mathematical Methods, Specialist Maths and Physics)



achieved an ATAR of 98.90

(2 Merits in English and Research Project (2020), A+ in Chemistry and A’s for Psychology & Biology)



achieved an ATAR of 98.90

(High Distinction in the University Headstart Program, A’s in Biology and Chemistry)



(2 Merits in Health and Wellbeing, and Nutrition, A+ in Research Project B and Child Studies)



(A+ in Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics)



(A’s in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics)

Norwood Morialta High School supports students to pursue their interests and preferred pathways, and provides diverse learning opportunities. In 2021 senior students were able to choose from 47 different Stage 2 subjects to support their personal success.

Our 2021 SACE achievement highlights include:

  • 100% SACE Completion – 248 students successfully completed their SACE
  • 97% Stage 2 retention: 256 students enrolled in Stage 2 studies at NMHS in February 2021 with 248 students achieving their South Australian Certificate of Education. Eight students were supported to pursue further education options and employment.
  • 45 A+ grades and a total of 418 A grades (34%)
  • 4 Stage 1 students achieved 5 Merits in Modern Greek and Research Project (4)
  • 18 Stage 2 students graduated with 22 Merits across their 2020 and 2021 studies in Business Innovations, Child Studies, Creative Arts, English (4), Health and Wellbeing, Research Project (11), Robotic and Electronic Systems, Nutrition, Specialist Mathematics.
  • 233 students or 94% were eligible for an ATAR.
  • 15 students achieved an ATAR above 95
  • 34 students achieved an ATAR above 90
  • 89 students or 39% of graduates achieved an ATAR above 80
  • 77.4% of all grades for 2021 were in the A and B bands
  • 49 students used VET towards their SACE completion (of which 12 attained Cert III qualifications, 8 achieved Certificate II and one school based apprenticeship).

We wish the Class of 2021 every success and happiness with their future endeavours and look forward to celebrating with them at our Graduates Assembly on Wednesday 16 February 2022.

Council of International Schools

Norwood Morialta High School was awarded International Accreditation by the Council of International Schools in 2003 and we are pleased to announce that we have been re-accredited in 2018.

Old Scholar Success

Gia-Yen Luong, our 2011 graduate, was recently awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for her academic, leadership and community service. We are very proud of her and her outstanding achievement.

International Baccalaureate

Norwood Morialta High School proudly offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP). This broad program of study focuses on intercultural understanding and encourages students to become  inquiring, knowledgeable and caring learners. Every 5 years Norwood Morialta High School undertakes an evaluation of the IBMYP program to ensure it meets rigorous international standards and to maintain the valued accreditation.

Building on the success of the IBMYP and our international focus, Norwood Morialta High School actively explores other international opportunities. Norwood Morialta High School is a Candidate School* for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School.

These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Norwood Morialta High School believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP).  Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org

2018 School Projects & Grants

  • My Journey Project supported by the Multicultural Education Committee ($2,000)
  • Yong Zhau Transforming Schools
  • STEM Career Development Strategy ($50,000)
  • Year 7/8 STEM Collaborative Inquiry Project ($160,000)
  • Italian Immersion Development Project ($25,000)
  • 2018-2019 In-country scholarship for students ($38,000)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Program ($250,000 annually for 3 years)

Community & Service Learning

  • Participation in the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life and raising $15000
  • Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal event


  • Amrit Kumbhar won the 2018 South Australian Japanese Speech Contest. Amrit was awarded 3rd position in the 2018 National Finals in Sydney. (Alfred Tay, our2017 Graduate and 2017 winner, also won the Open category for SA.)
  • Elias Hatzopoulos who was awarded the Modern Greek Attainment Certificate by the Consul General of Greece (Flinders University 2018)
  • The Year 9 Italian Immersion class won second prize in the Year 6-9 category of the 2018 “L’Italia Festeggia!” Italian language competition hosted by the South Australian Association of Teachers of Italian (SAATI) and Dante Alighieri Association of South Australia.


  • 2018 Regional Champions for the UniSA STEM Innovation Challenge
  • 2018 Finalists in the SA Space Schools Mission (Final outcome determined in late 2019)
  • 2018 SA Tritration Competition Medallists winning both gold and silver medals.
  • 2018 Plan for the Planet Club formally presented their SA Environment plan at an international conference in Mauritius.
  • Seven of our Year 10 and Stage 1 STEM students were each awarded a $10000 STEM scholarship by the Department for Education. These funds will support these students with their STEM studies and to successfully pursue a STEM-related pathway beyond school. Special congratulations to Hamza Hamdan, Ernesto Bantique, Vy Nguyen Ngo Bao, Irhas Gill, Ashley Romero, Mitchell Jakab, Dino Macri
  • Completion of the $2.5million STEMworks building project with the beautiful refurbishment of the Science wing and construction of a STEM outdoor learning space.


  • Best results in the Generations in Jazz Festival
  • Gold Medals in Strings Division and Silver Medal in the Open Drumline Division at ABODA
  • The String Ensemble performed at the STEMworks Conference in July 2018


2017 Head of the River: Winner Cudmore Cup for Senior Boys 2000m Coxed Four


2018 State Frisby Champions, Year 10 girls

Subject-Based Competitions

  • Jinlong Hu, Prize Certificate winner in the Australian Mathematics Competition (ie top 0.3% of all senior students within Australia)
  • Tianyao Lu, High Distinction recipient in the Australian Mathematics Competition (ie top 1% of senior students nationally)
  • Ariel Dzino, 2018 My State Student Film Festival winner of the High School category.

Regular participation in national subject competitions and achievement of high distinctions

Our Commitment to Innovation in 2018

  • Leadership of the Year 7/8 STEM Collaborative Inquiry Project, involving NMHS teachers co-designing and delivering STEM inquiry projects with 5 local primary schools
  • Increased student clubs and camps to promote social and global awareness (including Canberra Trip, Plan for the Planet, Australian Business Week, Environment, Culture and Space Clubs) and
  • Development and introduction of a new House system and expanded student leadership initiatives that promotes connectedness and team spirit
  • Introduction of new Special Interest Programs in Accelerated STEM, Italian Immersion and Rowing for commencement
  • Expansion of our community partnerships to enrich learning experiences with community activities and business breakfasts
  • Strengthening of Positive Education programs across the school with service learning, social action and wellbeing initiatives
  • Implementation of the new Teaching and Learning Charter (promoting a common language for learning and clear, site expectations)