Top students hope to pave career paths close to home
Josie Dalla-Costa and Nisal Gooneratne may be the duxes of the Eastern Goldfields College but both are happy to pursue careers which keep them close to Kalgoorlie-Boulder and their families.
Announced as the best of the EGC class of 2015 on Monday night, both were surprised to take out the top honours.
The best student for the school’s cohort of students undertaking a general pathway, Josie studied English, textiles, design and visual arts, and also undertook workplace learning at Goldfields Oasis Recreation Centre.
English was Josie’s favourite subject at school and she will have the opportunity to pass her skills onto other students at EGC next year.
The 18-year-old has accepted an offer to work as a tutor, and de- pending how things turn out, might take on a teaching degree.
“It was my favourite subject so I might as well give (tutoring) a shot and see where it takes me,” she said.
Meanwhile Nisal, who has aspirations of being a draftsman, is busy preparing for his WA Certificate of Education exams.
The dux of the school’s Australian Tertiary Admission Rank stream studied two maths subjects, physics, accounting and English.
The 17-year-old is hoping to undertake a traineeship locally or study an appropriate course via TAFE or correspondence.
Both thanked their teachers for all help they had received over the years, and Nisal had a word of advice for future Year 12 students.
“Ask questions, it is better to be 100 per cent sure about one question then to be 50 per cent sure about 100 questions,” he said.
Eastern Goldfields College student duxes Josie Dalla-Costa and Nisal Gooneratne, 17.