GALSTON HIGH GRADUATE NAMED ONE OF THE NATION’S BEST

Galston High School recently announced Year 12 student Maddy Gleeson as the school’s recipient of the 2019 Caltex Best All Rounder Award, one of Australia’s most prestigious secondary school prizes.

Maddy joins a select group of secondary students around Australia who have received a Caltex Best All Rounder Award for excellence in their studies, on the sports field and for their work in the Galston community.

The Caltex Best All Rounder Award has been presented to thousands of final-year students around the country across its 34-year history and Maddy joins an exclusive list of Caltex Best All Rounders to have been recognised over the past three decades.

Galston High School principal Jillian Tourlas said Maddy was a worthy recipient of the nationallyrecognised award.

“The award recognises Maddy’s contribution across several disciplines – she has been a wonderful asset to our school and the wider community, setting a terrific example for others to follow,” Ms Tourlas said.

Caltex Australia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Julian Segal, said the company was proud to have recognised generations of students like Maddy since the awards began in 1985.

“As a proud Australian company that’s been part of local communities for more than a century, we are pleased to acknowledge the outstanding all-round contribution this year’s winners have made to their schools and communities, along with their leadership abilities and the good example they set for others.

“I congratulate Maddy and wish her well as she moves into the next phase of her life,” Mr Segal said.

Outstanding Success in Industrial Technology and Drama
Each year, the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), the organisation responsible for HSC assessment, recognises excellence in achievement through various showcases of student work.

In 2019, two Galston High School students have been nominated for possible inclusion in such accolades.

Colby O’Mara’s major work has been shortlisted for possible inclusion in InTech, the annual exhibition of outstanding Major Projects developed by HSC Industrial Technology students. Colby’s major work consisted of a beautifully crafted, octagonal coffee table made from American black walnut that gives the impression of a floating top due to its sleek, contemporary leg design.

Damian Shahfazli’s individual project has been selected for possible inclusion in the OnSTAGE exhibition in the foyer of the Seymour Centre. Damian’s individual project consisted of a design portfolio based on his chosen text “The Visit” addressing the concept of sustainable fabrics and showcased a beautiful use of colour, intricate detail and design.