John’s excellence award
John Schnelle became Corowa High School’s 12th student to receive the NSW Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement recently.
Throughout his time at Corowa High School, John has proved himself to be an outstanding ambassador and role model for public education. He has consistently endeavoured to achieve at the highest level in all aspects of his school life. John is a member of the SRC and was chosen by his peers to be the 2018 school captain. His hard work and dedication have brought him many accolades including the Victor Chang School Science Award and the La Trobe University Young Writers Award. He has a passion for all sport and has represented the school in swimming, cross-country, athletics, AFL, cricket and tennis consistently since Year 7.
Corowa High School relieving Principal Ms Ruth Winfield told The Free Press John is a fantastic role model for other students.
“John is an excellent student and has gained a number of awards in his time at Corowa high School,” she said.
“He is very committed to studies, he’s persistent and very curious about his learning. He’s always one of those students who has a question about what he’s learning.
“We have a long tradition of students gaining this award and it’s certainly something that we are very proud of as a school.”
The awards recognise those who have made major contributions as role models to their peers, their schools and school communities, celebrating excellence within the state’s public education system.
Secretary of the Department of Education, Mark Scott, said the range of achievement within public schools reflected in the awards held on August 29 was a source of great optimism for the future of the system.
“Whether it is students’ academic excellence preparing them for jobs of the future, teachers’ innovation in guiding and supporting them, support staff or whole-school and community efforts helping our schools be their very best – everyone is helping to lay solid foundations for our future society,” Mr Scott said.
The Minster’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement considers achievement in the academic, sporting, cultural and leadership fields, commitment to the school community and personal values.
The Foundation’s Executive Director David Hetherington said the Foundation was delighted to work with the department in acknowledging the achievements of students, education staff and parents.
“These awards celebrate the many extraordinary achievements and initiatives in public schools across the state,” Mr Hetherington said.
NSW Minister for Education Rob Stokes and John Schnelle. John is the 12th Corowa High School student to receive this award.