Success on an international scale
More than 2,000 years ago the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote that excellence was never an accident. Instead it was the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution. In other words, choice not chance determined destiny.
This striving for excellence was rewarded when 78 young high achievers were acknowledged in the annual academic and service awards for international students held at Government House in the presence of the NSW Governor Marie Bashir.
Professor Bashir said the international program, which has been running for five years, had many significant benefits.
"It enriches our cultural diversity. It broadens the curriculum, enhances teaching and gives all of our students an enhanced global perspective. The benefits also flow across to the wider community as the connections and the networks and the friendships ... continue."
The award for the highest Academic Achievement in the 2012 HSC was presented to three students, Danh Ding Ang Tranfrom Vietnam who attended Sydney Secondary College Blackwattle Bay Senior Campus, Anran (Cristal) Ye from China who attended Turramurra High School and Lin Jiang from China who attended Gymea Technology High School.
All three students achieved the prestigious "Top All Rounder" status on the HSC Distinguished achievers list and Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) scores over 99.
Ang, who has enrolled in the Bachelor of Medicine at the University of New South Wales, was commended for his academic performance and also his dedication to excellence in all studies at Sydney Secondary College Blackwattle Bay.
Cristal contributed to the academic and cultural life of Turramurra High School and came first in state in English as a second language. She has enrolled to study Commerce at the University of Sydney.
Lin was well respected as a school leader and for her outstanding academic achievements. She will study a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Material Science at the University of New South Wales this year.
The School Service Award was presented to Vietnamese student Trung Hieu Buiwho attended Cabramatta High School. Trung was praised for his excellent leadership skills and his participation in activities including YMCA Youth Parliament, UTS Real Science Investigation and NSW Community Relations Commission Day.
A further 53 Academic Achievement and 25 School Service award nominees received certificates. The students represented countries including China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam.
Chief executive officer DEC International Mark Howland said each year the number of students nominated for an award had increased since its launch.
"It provides a great opportunity to acknowledge international students and their contributions, and to celebrate their achievements and success." Mr Howland said.
Photo: NSW Government Schools-International Student Award winners with NSW Governor Marie Bashir, consular officials and senior NSW education department staff. Photo by David Gross.