St Clare’s Catholic High School students aim high

18 March 2020
St Clare's Catholic High School Year 11 student Elkah Pillay (centre) and Year 8 student Kurt Oliva (right) with Principal Kevin Jones. Image: Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta/Supplied.


In 2020, St Clare’s Catholic High School Hassall Grove welcomed its first Year 12 class. This aspirational school community recently gathered to celebrate the achievements of students who really got stuck into their studies to start the new school year.

This included recognition of Year 12 student Claire Summers who is on track to achieve her goal of studying healthcare with a focus on rehabilitation at university next year.

“I hope to be working in a job that I am strongly passionate about,” Claire said. “I’d like to help others to recover and regain their full potential.”

Year 11 student Lor Dheo Delgado is thinking carefully about his studies too. He has some great advice to other students who are hoping to stand out at school.

“My advice would be, set a separate time for school,” Lor said. “When it comes to your senior years, pick subjects you are doing well in and subjects you are passionate about. I also advise you to start on assessments as soon as they are handed out, whether that just be a short plan or not.”

Fellow Year 11 student Elkah Pillay aspires to work as a paediatrician and looks to her mum and dad for inspiration in learning and life.

“They both came from overseas to Australia where they continuously pushed themselves to the extreme, both in academics and life in general, in order to provide more opportunities and a better future for my brother and me,” Elkah said. “I aspire to push myself just as hard as they did so that I can make them proud and show that I am not wasting this opportunity they have graciously given me.”

Year 8 student Kurt Oliva doesn’t know what he wants to do for a job yet, but his hard work at school will help him to keep his options open.

“My number one role model in life is my mum,” Kurt said. “She never went to a university, so what I want to do now is be able to make her dreams and mine come true.”

St Clare’s Catholic High School Assistant Principal Hayley Lalor says that she knows these students’ parents are so proud to see their commitment celebrated by their classmates.

“These students’ achievements have not come without challenge,” Hayley said. “Through prolonged effort, the students have found what they can ask of themselves to best use the gifts they have been given by God.”

With thanks to Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.


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