2020 – A Class Act and good luck to our Class of 2021!

09 February 2021

We were thrilled to welcome back some members of the Class of 2020 to Glenaeon’s first High School Assembly for the new year – Joe, Chiara, Taro, Justin, Nelson and Keaun –all of whom achieved an ATAR of 95 or above.

Head of School Andrew Hill had just welcomed the current Year 12s and wished them well on the year ahead. He impressed on them that their HSC and ATAR will be important steps in unlocking future possibilities, enabling them to pursue their paths in life. But also important will be what they gain over the next year in learning to work hard, to focus and to organise their time, laying a foundation for a life of service to others and fulfilment as a human being. Our students then heard some wise words of advice from Alumnus Joe McCormick and Keaun Wild. Keaun said, “Study what you enjoy. Focus on your passions. Drop subjects if need be. Put away your phone and don’t let yourself get distracted.” He gave the analogy of a driver getting into a car. “When you drive, you need to be totally focused on the road.” He urged students to keep a strong mindset, then wishes them well and good luck. 

Joe then encouraged students to, “Do what you are passionate about. Enjoy your learning. Give 100% to each subject.” He also urged students to engage with teachers, and not to zone out and take it an extra step to get a deeper understanding of your subjects.  Joe emphasised to students that wellbeing is equally important as the study. “Mental health and physical health are critical. So find a balance whether that be music, reading, spending time with family and friends.”

We wish all our Year 12 students the very best for the year ahead, and congratulate all graduates from the Class of 2020.

Here is what our top ATAR students are up to: 

  • Joseph McCormick
    The University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Dalyell Scholars including Mathematical Science) Physics and Maths Majors
  • Chiara Candotti
    University of NSW
    Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) - Taking a gap year to work and hopefully travel Optional: Sydney University Engineering & Commerce
  • Justin Takayasu
    University of NSW
    Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)/Engineering (Honours)
    Majoring in Mechatronic Engineering
  • Taro Tomishima
    University of NSW
    Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)/Engineering (Honours)
    Majoring in Aerospace Engineering
  • Nelson Hall-Whitington
    University of NSW
    Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics
  • Keaun Wild
    University of Sydney
    Bachelor of Advanced Computing and Bachelor of Commerce