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High Achievers – Class of 2016

he-devinDevin He

How have you dealt with hurdles and challenges in order to move forward?

Unsurprisingly, Year 12 was the most challenging year of schooling, particularly because of the added workload and pressure. One of the best ways to overcome any hurdles I faced was to talk to about it. This could be with my parents, school staff (such as the school psychologists, Mr Casson or my tutor) or even close friends depending on the situation. By doing this, they often gave me extremely useful advice to help me deal with whatever obstacle I was facing and knowing that there is someone else to help and look out for you is always a comforting feeling. It’s always good to remember that there are a lot of people out there who are more than willing to help and support you through any adversities that you may find yourself in so it’s important not to feel like you have to go through tough times alone.

What has inspired you to work hard?

The thing that inspired me to work hard was the possibility of getting into a good university interstate or overseas. Another motivating factor was that you only get one shot at your ATAR. The worst feeling would be one of regret at the end of the year knowing that you could have tried harder and done more. When the final results come out, I know that even if I didn’t get what I hoped for, I will still be satisfied and content knowing that I worked hard and tried my best.

Who inspired you at CCGS?

There were many people at CCGS who inspired me to achieve my goals. Many of my teachers were extremely passionate about their subject, and bringing out the best in their students. This definitely rubbed off on me and helped to make lessons interesting while also inspiring me to learn. I think the biggest inspirations for me at school were my fellow peers. Seeing others juggle various commitments while also maintaining high standards academically and witnessing people with an extremely good work ethic really inspired me to act and behave more like them.

What advice do you have for incoming Year 12 students?

I think that for a person to succeed it is important to find something that motivates and drives them to achieve their goal. It’s easy to say, “I want to get good grades” but the more important question is “why do I want to get good grades?” The answer will be different for everyone but it’s really important to find your own reason to push yourself to work hard in this final year. I think it’s important to remember that there will be plenty of time after final exams to do whatever you like but you only have one chance to get the best ATAR you can so it is definitely worth it to put in the extra effort in Year 12.

What is your plan for 2017 and beyond?

If all goes according to plan, next year I will be studying medicine at either UWA or Melbourne University with the aim of pursuing a career in psychiatry or paediatrics. Apart from that, I just plan on enjoying the new experiences that life after school will bring.

 

koloth-ananthuAnanthu Koloth

How have you dealt with hurdles and challenges in order to move forward?

There were many stressful and demanding periods during Year 12, and motivation and planning ahead were pivotal in overcoming these challenges. It’s not how much time you spend, rather how much time you decide to use effectively, which makes study valuable. Having well thought out goals, and making a clearly set out plan to achieve these goals, helped me avoid and deal with stress and feeling overwhelmed where I could.

What has inspired you to work hard?

My aspiration to become a doctor motivated me throughout Year 12. Knowing how difficult and competitive the entry for medicine was I always knew I couldn’t slack off. I also reminded myself that I only had one shot at Year 12 and not doing my best would be regrettable later on. Family and friends also encouraged and motivated me.

Who has inspired you at CCGS?

The CCGS environment is so rich with inspiration – teachers, staff, my tutor, Mrs van Grann and Head of House, Mr. Masterton were all extremely helpful and always found ways to make sure I was motivated. Also, the competitive level of academia at this school meant the success of my peers was very helpful in motivating myself.

What advice do you have for incoming Year 12 students?

Before you start Year 12, try to find your core motivation for doing the best you can. Once you have the ‘why’, plan out the ‘how’ well in advance, and try to be slightly ahead of the schedule for most of the year. If you don’t let work pile up and keep your focus clear, there’s nothing you can’t achieve.

What is your plan for 2017 and beyond?

I’m going to make my decision based on the universities that I get accepted into. I’ll probably end up doing a science based degree.

 

chandler-owainOwain Chandler

How have you dealt with hurdles and challenges in order to move forward?

At the end of the day school is filled with challenges and hurdles. Some big, some small, but it is also filled with people who are there to help you and lend a hand, and using the pastoral support system, older boys, and teachers such as Mr Casson, big challenges are broken down and step by step are achievable. Also, putting things into perspective was really important in order to move forward. Some results aren’t exactly what you hope for and some things just don’t go your way but there’s always another opportunity somewhere down the line and that’s what I always thought was important to remember.

What has inspired you to work hard?

Goals for me were always really important. Setting a goal meant I had something to work towards and strive for, and compared to my old school, CCGS had so many opportunities. When I arrived, I was inspired to sign up for everything, hearing of boys in chapel speeches who had done incredible things and had taken advantage of what the School had to offer.

Who inspired you at CCGS?

Countless old boys that I watched go through the School and achieve remarkable things were definitely inspiring. Also, the achievements of boys in my own year with incredible talents and the ability to balance their school, academic and social lives. Not only did the boys, past and present of the School inspire me, but the teaching staff as well who were up at early hours of the day to coach rowing or rugby, or hanging around at school late in the evening for Mock Trials and Debating.

What advice do you have for incoming Year 12 students?

Year 12 is both the busiest and best year by far. I would highly recommend using a diary as for me it was a life saver. It’s also the last time for everything, and if you haven’t already, grab every opportunity that is thrown at you but keep your studies balanced as well. At Christ Church Grammar School, there is an incredible support system and if you ever feel overwhelmed just talk to someone and keep things in perspective. School is more than just an ATAR score and try not to get too carried away. Despite the responsibilities, gruelling hours and the expectations, enjoy it!

What is your plan for 2017 and beyond?

Fortunately for me, I’ll spend the summer holidays working in Abu Dhabi/Dubai for two months and then return to Perth to undergo medical studies at university. After completing university (fingers crossed) I’ll be a qualified doctor and will be able to fulfil my dream and work all around rural Australia with the Royal Flying Doctor and potentially do charity work overseas.

 

anderson-benBen Anderson

How have you dealt with hurdles and challenges in order to move forward?

Year 12 presents a lot of hurdles for everyone, and I feel one of the best ways to tackle any challenge is to find out exactly what is causing you stress, list a number of potential solutions, and assess each of them. Seeking opinions from others (whether it be from parents, teachers, or friends) is also very useful in coming up with other potential solutions, and can expand your own thinking in regards to the problem. Sometimes, simply doing something else for a while and coming back to the issue can also offer new perspectives.

What has inspired you to work hard?

I found having a clear, long term goal was the most significant source of motivation for me this year. Knowing where I wanted to end up in 10 to 15 years, and knowing what I needed to do to get there, always put any challenge or hesitation into perspective, and encouraged me to work hard even in moments of apathy. An ultimate goal also made it much easier to reduce time spent procrastinating, as I realised that much of the short-term gratification derived from putting off work was inconsequential when considering the bigger picture.

Who inspired you at CCGS?

The intense competition amongst the top students this year was incredibly inspiring for me, with friendly rivalry between peers acting as amazing encouragement to work hard and continually strive to improve. I also found several of my teachers to be very encouraging, offering kind words and advice. These are only two aspects of the School’s culture which contribute to an excellent learning environment – one which is pervaded by outstanding role models in all areas of life.

What advice do you have for incoming Year 12 students?

In the face of a daunting year of hard work, I feel a number of incoming Year 12s may intend to forego a number of the amazing opportunities Christ Church has to offer in order to allow more time for study and assignments. Looking back on the year now, some of my favourite moments were due to my participation in co-curricular activities, despite the substantial volume of work required by some of them. Programs like Mock Trials and Debating are immensely valuable, and I strongly encourage all new Year 12 students to participate in as many as they can.

What is your plan for 2017 and beyond?

My dream goal at this point is to attend university in Melbourne, pursing a science undergrad in either physics or mathematics, then moving into a postgraduate medicine course and eventually specialist training. I hope to keep up a number of hobbies like music and computer science while attending university and throughout the remainder of my life. The ultimate goal is to find a rewarding, fulfilling, and intellectually stimulating career, and I feel medicine is an excellent match for this.

 

 

robins-tomTom Robins

How have you dealt with hurdles and challenges in order to move forward?

During Years 10 and 11 I had moments where school and life became almost overwhelming. I had put high expectations on myself but was not able to successfully juggle the academic, sporting and co-curricular facets I had committed to.

By Year 12, I overcame this by putting everything in perspective. Whenever I found something overwhelming or impossible, I would calm myself down and break it into small steps to achieve the goal, as well as logically analysing the issues I had identified. Thinking of the pros and cons, whether you are being overly emotive over the subject, or whether there is another way of looking at it, are all invaluable. By taking a more measured approach to assessing challenges, I was able to set goals and identify actions that needed to be taken to achieve my aims.

What has inspired you to work hard?

Since Year 7 I have loved how Christ Church rewards those who put time and effort into a variety of aspects of school life. My earliest memory of the School is sitting at orientation day, listening to Mr Downing explaining the Jupp Young Panther Prize, given to a junior student who was active in school life. I realised that hard work would be rewarded at this School, not always through public recognition, but by obtaining tangible progress and benefits. So, from Year 7 to Year 12, I worked hard knowing that my efforts would have an impact and lead to progress.

Who inspired you at CCGS?

Numerous teachers influenced me throughout my time in the Senior School. Ms Xouris, my Year 9 Humanities teacher, instilled a passion for history that would lead me to choose Modern History as one of my Year 12 subjects. Teachers such as Mr Ristovsky in Methods and Mrs Brooks in Physics emphasised the importance of hard work to achieve goals in subjects that were quite challenging. The support and comic relief supplied by Mr Turner and Dr Charles were probably the most valuable to me. They helped me put all schooling challenges and obstacles in perspective, and helped me maintain a balanced outlook on life throughout the stressful years in 11 and 12.

What advice do you have for incoming Year 12 students?

A key aspect of Year 12 is maintaining the effort, study, concentration and passion throughout the year. It is likely everyone in the year group will go hard in study at the start of the year, intimidated by the prospect of Year 12 ahead. However, the ones who succeed are the ones who maintain this intensity throughout the year. Some drop off after mid-year exams, or in the weeks prior to mocks. The notes you take and study you do throughout the year will be invaluable come exam time – both school and WACE. All Year 12s should keep a balanced perspective. Yes, it is an important year, and there is life after Year 12. Simply do your best, and that is all that can be asked of you. Work hard enough that at the end of Year 12 you can look back and think “I gave it everything I had”.

What is your plan for 2017 and beyond?

I’m still uncertain, but the current plan is to start an undergrad degree next year at UWA. I’m hoping to get into the Bachelor of Philosophy, and take advantage of the exchange opportunities in the second and third years. I’m in the same boat as many of my classmates that I’m not certain of my specific path, however the beauty of the current undergrad system is that university allows you to explore your passions before committing to a specific post grad degree.

 

waring-thomasThomas Waring

How have you dealt with hurdles and challenges in order to move forward?

For me, the biggest thing that helped was to gain some perspective. In these times of trouble, WACE can seem positively endless, but focusing on my goals (the finish line so to speak) made it go past a fair bit more quickly. Falling back on friends, family and teachers was a massive help here. It can be tough to see things objectively on your own, but having a support network makes everything easier.

What has inspired you to work hard?

My goals are fairly important to me. There are lots of places that I want to get to at university and beyond, and in the end, that’s why I work hard. Seeing past students and the places their work ethic has taken them was also an important influence. Christ Church has provided many role models, with students ending up as far away as Cambridge, and their success has been inspirational for me.

Who inspired you at CCGS?

A wide range of people have motivated me during my time at school. My Head of House, Mr Thorne, has amazing vigour and a relentless drive to win which inspires us all, and my Literature teacher, Mr Walker, was always ready to lighten the mood, whilst at the same time fostering an incredibly valuable environment of academic excellence.

What advice do you have for incoming Year 12 students?

The thing I was told, and couldn’t have been told enough, is that Year 12 is a short period of time.

What is your plan for 2017 and beyond? 

I hope to go to either UWA or the University of Melbourne, most likely majoring in physics. Science could lead me down such a wide variety of paths so I’m keeping my options open.

 

li-leoLeo Li

How have you dealt with hurdles and challenges in order to move forward?

It’s always important to keep perspective when challenges and hurdles come your way. Whether they are sporting, academic, social or co-curricular, a good first step is to analyse how large the issue is before tackling it. If it’s a small thing you can get past, this perspective helps build perseverance, allowing you to climb the larger hill and achieve the greater goal.

What has inspired you to work hard?

My parents have always been a key source of inspiration, coming from very disadvantaged backgrounds, one that I’m sure many parents would not be able to fathom. To see them now in such a developed society sending their son to one of the world’s best schools reminds me that there is no excuse to not work hard. They’ve never brought this point up with me, but it’s a source of inspiration that I was able to derive myself.

Who inspired you at CCGS?

The cohort of 2016 was truly a special one with many gems. Many of my close friends inspired me: James Borshoff with his sense of humour, Tom Weight’s incredible acts of mateship and Liam Donovan’s humility are a few that come to mind. Staff such as Khee Lim and Roger Bayly were also particularly inspirational in the way they helped me deal with adversity and I can’t thank them enough.

What advice do you have for incoming Year 12 students?

Year 12 is well-known as the “best and worst” year of your schooling. The highs will be high, and the lows will be low. Just remember that for every trough there is a crest soon to follow, so if you just tuck your head in when the going gets tough, you’ll enjoy the process much more. Don’t let go of all your co-curriculars in order to study. If need be, cull a few, but keeping some such as Tennis, Debating and Music (in my case), will keep you grounded with a fresher mind. The School’s teachers, your parents and your friends are all there for you, so don’t be afraid to ask for and give help. Christ Church is more than a school, it’s a community and a brotherhood, and together you can make Year 12 a banger of a time.

What is your plan for 2017 and beyond? 

Even at this point (early December!) I still have no idea where I’m going to study. I’ve narrowed it down to studying science at either Trinity College in Melbourne or at the University of Western Australia. In the end, I’d like to study abroad and become either an anaesthetist or a pharmacist in order to enrich the livelihood of those around me.