Hills Grammar Celebrates Alumnus, Joel Edgerton
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.