Almost perfect: Kya Lamarra falls just short of a perfect ATAR | Goulburn Post

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How about 99.2 for an ATAR! That’s what Trinity Catholic College student Kya Lamarra managed to achieve in his Higher School Certificate (HSC). He was already on track to get a high score given the fact he had already gotten full marks in advanced mathematics last year. READ ALSO: New electronic board to be erected at Goulburn East Public School Kya said he felt a bit of pressure heading into the exams, but a lot of it was relieved as he received an early admission into university. He wants to work in the field of research in the future and he has given himself the best chance to do so as he will be studying a Bachelor of science (advanced) (honours) degree at the Australian National University. His father Michael Lamarra said it was an incredible achievement. “I always thought he was bright,” Mr Lamarra said. “He has had a fantastic gift at mathematics since he was young. “The school identified it and put him in an excelled course.” READ ALSO: ‘I love having children as part of my world’: Region in need of foster carers Kya’s aim was to beat his older brother’s score, but it ended in a tie. Another high achiever was Alexander Dawes whose ATAR was 90.05. Trinity Catholic College principal Gaye McManus couldn’t be prouder of the students’ efforts, especially given the difficult year it had been. “I want to congratulate to all those who achieved strong results in their recent HSC,” Ms McManus said. “We are incredibly proud of those students who have exceeded their own expectations with excellent results in their passion subjects too. “Every student has been able to pursue their chosen pathway whether it be through university, TAFE, full-time work or an apprenticeship.” The high results were spread across almost every subject taught at the school. READ ALSO: Students improve on previous year with HSC results “Subjects performing above the state average included agriculture, ancient history, English extension 2, history extension 1, hospitality, investigating science, legal studies, mathematics extension 1, music 1, primary industries, and textiles and design. “Students continued to build on accelerated results in previous years with two year 11 students receiving a band 6 in their chosen subject area. “They continued to build on their excellent results with band 6s in their HSC year.” COVID-19 made things tough for the students, but most pulled through with flying colours. Did you know the Goulburn Post is now offering breaking news alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Keep up-to-date with all the local news: sign up below.



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Goulburn’s Tony and Adriana Lamarra support Legacy fundraising week | Goulburn Post

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Goulburn couple Tony and Adriana Lamarra have helped kick off Legacy Week with a $1000 donation to the charitable organisation. The Lamarras, who recognised challenges with fundraising due to coronavirus this year, presented a cheque to Goulburn Legacy’s appeals committee chairman, Ron Stamm on Friday. It will buy a $1000 badge, continuing a tradition started by Mr Lamarra’s now disbanded Lions Club in the 1950s. ALSO READ: Goulburn local is a finalist in ALPA Young Auctioneers Competition He told The Post that the Club bought a badge annually to support Legacy’s work in supporting war widows and their families. “Adriana and I felt that because of coronavirus we would buy a badge so the chain wasn’t broken,” Mr Lamarra said. “We have a lot of feeling for Legacy because as a young man (in Italy) my family was affected by the war. This is an important appeal Australia-wide and here in Goulburn, people show a lot of loyalty to the organisation. We want to ensure that continues through our store.” ALSO READ: CWA supports mums and bubs in Papua New Guinea The Lamarras this year purchased the former Dimmeys Store in Auburn Street. Harvey Norman has continued as a tenant and since then, Dimmeys has closed and Goulburn’s Best Buys has established in its place. The building carries the Legacy Week banner. Mr Lamarra, a former Goulburn City Mayor, said his ties to the organisation stretched back many years; he attended the opening of Legacy Lodge in Lagoon Street, accommodating war widows. His Lions Club also donated to that development. He encouraged other local businesses to give generously during the fundraising week from Sunday, August 30 to Friday, September 5. ALSO READ: Student finds new ways to make the final year at school memorable Mr Lamarra will be given a badge from existing stocks but the pins and other Legacy merchandise will not be sold this year due to coronavirus risks. Mr Stamm said the need for items to be sanitised each time a person picked them up and replaced them made the sales difficult. Many other Legacy Clubs have taken the same approach. READ MORE: Goulburn Legacy changes fundraising tack due to coronavirus He was thrilled with the Lamarras’ donation. “We’re very appreciative of the money because Legacy Lodge alone needs a lot to keep going,” Mr Stamm said. “Any money raised stays in town. I’d like to thank Adriana and Tony for the tremendous support they’ve shown.” Any individual or business wishing to donate can do so at or send a cheque to Goulburn Legacy, PO Box 13, Goulburn, NSW 2580. Veteran Affairs Minister Darren Chester reiterated that the fundraising week Australia wide could not proceed as normal, due to the need to protect volunteers and participants from coronavirus. ALSO READ: Students go “arrr”: Pirate day and Education Week celebrated at Tirranna Public “That is why it is more important than ever that we all do what we can to help organisations like Legacy support the families of veterans and I encourage Australians to consider…supporting Legacy online,” he said. The Australian War Memorial will host the Legacy Australia national launch commemorative wreath-laying ceremony on Monday, August 31.

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