Life af­ter NDSHS for ac­tor

Sunshine Coast Daily - - LIFE - Brigid Muir

THE Noosa District State High School an­nual Cel­e­bra­tion of Ex­cel­lence evening ac­knowl­edged and pub­licly recog­nised the hard work and suc­cesses of the stu­dents in the fields of academia, cul­ture and sport through the pre­sen­ta­tion of awards.

Par­ents, stu­dents and teach­ers also en­joyed en­ter­tain­ment from the school’s con­cert band and tal­ented Year 11 mu­si­cian stu­dent Jami­son Kehl.

For­mer NDSHS stu­dent-turned-ac­tor Steven Rooke de­liv­ered a key­note speech on his life post-school and pro­vided the au­di­ence with many laughs and per­sonal in­sights.

Mr Rooke grad­u­ated from NDSHS in 1996 and com­pleted a Fine Arts de­gree at the Queens­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy be­fore land­ing guest ap­pear­ances on shows such as All Saints and Home and Away, and later hav­ing reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances on Al­ways Greener. Mr Rooke also ap­peared in the films Blurred, Footy Le­gends

and The Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia: The Voy­age of the

Dawn Treader and acted in more than 350 in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances on 50 dif­fer­ent stages around Aus­tralia.

“One of the most im­por­tant life hacks I have learnt along the way is to al­ways be true to your­self and never for­get about the im­por­tance of in­tegrity,” Mr Rooke said.

Re­tired teacher El­iz­a­beth Gar­bacz was brought to tears, with Mr Rooke ac­knowl­edg­ing and thank­ing her for the great im­pres­sion she had on him, in­still­ing within him the im­por­tance of be­ing a gen­tle­man and striv­ing to achieve his best. “You saw that I had the po­ten­tial to be so much bet­ter. Ms Gar­bacz was the best teacher I could have ever asked for,” Mr Rooke said.

The top per­form­ing Year 12 stu­dents were awarded for their ef­forts and those achiev­ing out­stand­ing re­sults re­ceived com­mu­nity-spon­sored awards and prizes.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GUEST SPEAKER: Steven Rooke.

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