Hills Gram­mar Cel­e­brates Alum­nus, Joel Edger­ton

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - My Council - Joel Edger­ton ac­cept­ing the In­au­gu­ral Hills Gram­mar Orig­i­nal Award from Vice Cap­tains Is­abel Tegel and Pa­trick Cor­ri­gan Joel Edger­ton ad­dress­ing the Hills Gram­mar com­mu­nity after re­ceiv­ing the in­au­gu­ral Hills Gram­mar Orig­i­nal, Alumni Award

The in­au­gu­ral Hills Gram­mar Orig­i­nal, Alumni Award was re­cently pre­sented to Joel Edger­ton from the Class of 1991. The award recog­nises a past stu­dent’s out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity in his or her field of en­deav­our – it cel­e­brates ex­cel­lence, in­tegrity and ser­vice.

Edger­ton was a foun­da­tion stu­dent of The Hills Gram­mar School and took ad­van­tage of ev­ery the­atri­cal op­por­tu­nity pos­si­ble un­til he grad­u­ated and moved into the Univer­sity of Western Syd­ney’s Drama School. With a string of theatre and film per­for­mances to his credit, Edger­ton has now added writ­ing and di­rect­ing to his bio with his lat­est box of­fice suc­cess, The Gift.

“It was such a thrill for the school com­mu­nity to have Joel and his par­ents at­tend Pre­sen­ta­tion Day. We didn’t know un­til a week or so out that he would be able to be there in per­son,” ex­plained Liz Pellinkhof, Di­rec­tor of Mar­ket­ing, En­rol­ments and Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions. “We kept it a se­cret un­til Joel came to the stage to ac­cept his award. The Vice Cap­tains Is­abel Tegel and Pa­trick Cor­ri­gan were be­side them­selves!”

Edger­ton en­gaged the stu­dents and par­ents with some mem­o­ries of school days, thanked his cre­ative arts teach­ers, apol­o­gised to the Maths staff and, in ref­er­ence to his film, The Gift, asked the stu­dents to “be kind to each other – it’s im­por­tant, not dif­fi­cult and makes such a dif­fer­ence to those around you.”

A plaque will be set into a path­way at Hills Gram­mar which will be­come the Walk of Ex­cel­lence as fu­ture re­cip­i­ents are added.

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