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.

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