World famous actors, artists, academics, military figures and a former Prime Minister have been celebrated with the official launch of the ACT Public Schools Alumni by Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today.
“The Alumni celebrates the achievements of our students of note and the different career paths, professions and interests they have chosen and excelled in,” Ms Burch said.
“Our past students are a very diverse bunch of men and women, with actors like Jackie Chan and Mia Wasikowska sitting alongside the late former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and our Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.
“ACT public school students are up there with the best in the nation and this list is an impressive tally of achievements across academia and research, the entertainment industry, public service, sporting fields, fashion, journalism, community leaders and business.
“Some of the former students of note include Olympians Lauren Jackson and Patrick Mills, philanthropist Dr Sam Prince, ‘Doug Anthony Allstars’ Tim Ferguson and Paul McDermott, journalist Karen Middleton, writer and actor Rhys Muldoon, and entertainers Timomatic and Hayley Jensen.
“This list is by no means the total of all of our outstanding Alumni. Our schools will be actively promoting the list to their communities and more and more names will be added to it over the next few months. I encourage Canberrans who have ideas for nominations to get in contact via the Alumni webpage.
“The ACT Public Schools Alumni highlights the achievements of many past students and it will be wonderful in the future to see our current students listed alongside these inspiring people.”
The ACT Public Schools Alumni can be viewed online at www.det.act.gov.au/canberra-public-school-alumni
(Joy Burch Media Release)
Photo: Gough Whitlam – by Sally Tsoutas (2013) UWS, background image National Archives of Australia