Been there, Dunne that

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By SOPHIE GABRIELLE

A KEEN de­bater and pub­lic speaker at school, Joshua Dunne (17) now has his sights set on study­ing law.

The Hale School grad­u­ate blitzed his Year 12 exams, scor­ing an im­pres­sive 99.85 ATAR, which earned him a Gen­eral Ex­hi­bi­tion Prize. Hale re­ceived the most Gen­eral Exhibitions of any school in WA.

The Dalkeith res­i­dent also re­ceived a Univer­sity of WA Fog­a­rty Schol­ar­ship, which will cover $10,000 per year of his tu­ition fees for the du­ra­tion of his de­gree.

Joshua plans to study a Bach­e­lor of Phi­los­o­phy and is keep­ing an open mind about what branch of law to fo­cus on.

He re­ceived a per­fect score of 100 for English Lit­er­a­ture and was mu­sic cap­tain at Hale. Joshua said his two favourite sub­jects at school were Mu­sic and English Lit­er­a­ture.

“Year 12 was fairly stress­ful; it’s high stakes,” Joshua said.

“Do­ing co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties would keep my mind off the stress of exams.

“I didn’t go to bed too late and I would take time to lis­ten to mu­sic be­fore bed or play an in­stru­ment. That helped me re­lax.”

Joshua had some words of wis­dom for Year 12s in 2015.

“I’m not sure there is a se­cret to do­ing well in exams, just study and ask teach­ers any ques­tions you have,” he said. “Draw on your teach­ers.” Joshua said it was a huge sur­prise to find out he had been awarded the schol­ar­ship.

“I re­tained some hope but ev­ery­one I knew had ap­plied for it, I thought ‘what hope do I have’,” he said.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity to meet like-minded peo­ple and it re­ally opens doors.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Hale School grad­u­ate Joshua Dunne (17) did ex­tremely well in the 2014 WACE ex­am­i­na­tions.

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