Scholar Stories

ByCara Varian

2021 HSC – DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVERS

The Harding Miller Education Foundation is very proud of the excellent results achieved by its HSC class of 2021. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our scholars on their achievements. The past two years has been particularly difficult on a number of levels and our scholars worked very hard to rise above the challenges that faced them.

We would like to acknowledge the 27 scholars who have been recognised as Distinguished Achievers. Distinguished Achievers are those who achieved a mark of 90 or above in specific subjects. We congratulate the following scholars who were honoured on the 2021 list:

Angela Le – Prairiewood High School – Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, English Advanced

Archanaa Thayanantharajah – Penrith High School – Chemistry

Atoc Malou – St Marys Senior High School – Legal Studies

Bao Ngoc Le Dong – Prairiewood High School – English Advanced

Bonny Chung – Prairiewood High School – English Advanced

Dominique Byrt – Nambucca Heads High School – Music 1, Entertainment Industry Examination

Ella-Rose Webber – Smith’s Hill High School – Mathematics-Extension 1, Software Design & Development

Eve Ella Leacey – Mereweather High School – Music 2, Music Extension

Hibba Chaudry – Bankstown Girls High School – Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Investigating Science

Isabella Ennever – Casino High School – Biology, Investigating Science, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Advanced

Jehan Khan – Asquith Girls High School – Legal Studies, Visual Arts

Jennifer Nguyen – Westfields Sports High School – Mathematics Advanced

Jessica Troung – Cabramatta High School – Food Technology, Legal Studies, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Advanced, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Kaitlin Nguyen – Sefton High School – English Advanced, Legal Studies, Mathematics Advanced

Lucy Bacon – Kurri Kurri High School – Earth and Environmental Science, English Advanced, English Extension 1, Visual Arts

Makayla Witte – Coomealla High School – Food Technology

Mariam Gorges – Bonnyrigg High School – Mathematics Advanced

Ngan Ling Chau – Prairiewood High School – Legal Studies

Nhi Lu – Prairiewood High School – Chemistry, English Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Advanced, Physics, Visual Arts

Noora Alothman – Bonnyrigg High School – Biology, Community and Family Studies, English Advanced, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Shikira Ngo – Prairiewood High School – English Advanced, Legal Studies

Sophia Bacon – Kurri Kurri High School – Music 1

Steffi Tran – Prairiewood High School – Mathematics Extension 1, Modern History, History Extension, Society and Culture

Tahmina Rahimy – Auburn Girls High School – English Advanced, Society and Culture

Taleah Anderson – Lightning Ridge Central School – Visual Arts

Vi Nguyen Tieu – Cabramatta High School – Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Zelda Truong – Canley Vale High School – Mathematics Advanced, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

The class of 2021 are a credit to their families/carers, dedicated teachers and the many public high schools that have guided them through their educational journeys.

ByCara Varian

2021 HSC – TOP ACHIEVERS 2021

The Harding Miller Education Foundation is very proud of the excellent results achieved by its HSC class of 2021. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our scholars on their achievements. The past two years has been particularly difficult on a number of levels and our scholars worked very hard to rise above the plethora of challenges that faced them.

We would like to acknowledge the two scholars who have been recognised as Top Achievers. Top Achievers are those who achieved one of the highest places in an HSC course or VET examination and also achieved a result in the highest band (Band 6 or Band E4). We congratulate the following scholars who were honoured on the 2021 list:

  • Angela Le Ranked 17th in NSW for English Advanced Prairiewood High School
  • Hibba Chaudhry Ranked 6th in NSW in Investigating Science – Bankstown Girls High School

The class of 2021 are a credit to their families/carers, dedicated teachers and the many public high schools that have guided them through their educational journeys.

 

ByCara Varian

2021 HSC – ALL ROUND ACHIEVERS

The Harding Miller Education Foundation is very proud of the excellent results achieved by its HSC class of 2021. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our scholars on their achievements. The past two years has been particularly difficult on a number of levels and our scholars worked very hard to rise above the plethora of challenges that faced them.

We would like to acknowledge the two scholars who have been recognised as All Round Achievers. All Round Achievers are those who attained 90 or above (Band 6 or Band E4) in at least ten units of study. We congratulate the following scholars who were honoured on the 2021 list:

• Angela Le – Prairiewood High School
• Nhi Lu – Prairiewood High School

Angela and Nhi are among 1,476 NSW students who were recognised on the All Round Achievers list of HSC results this year.
The class of 2021 are a credit to their families/carers, dedicated teachers and the many public high schools that have guided them through their educational journeys.

ByCara Varian

Meet Isabella Ennever – Class of 2021 scholar

UPDATE JANUARY 2022:

HSC HONOUR ROLE 2021 – Congratulations to Isabella who is a Distinguished Achiever (achieved a mark of 90 or above) in Biology, Investigating Science, Mathematics Extension 1 and Mathematics Advanced.

 

 

Isabella has just completed her HSC and was Vice Captain at Casino High School. She is an exceptional student and was placed first in all of her subjects and was dux of the year. Isabella has been awarded dux every year since Year 7. This year she also participated in Professor Henry Messel International Science School and the National Youth Science Forum.

Isabella is planning on being the first person in her family to attend university and has already received a conditional offer for Griffith University to study a Bachelor of Medical Science degree. In 2021, she participated in the Griffith University Future Leaders Retreat, received a Community Recognition Statement from the NSW Parliament for Academic and Leadership achievement, a Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement and was the Casino Lion’s Youth of the Year which recognises cultural, educational and leadership pursuits. In 2019, selected as 1 of only 16 students selected for a study tour on Lizard Island, She was the 2020 NSW Country to Canberra Award Winner, from Careers with Stem,

“The Harding Miller Scholarship has provided me with incredible financial support and security that has enabled me to better focus on my education and obtain a variety of academic goals. My success during high school, which was enhanced by the Harding Miller Scholarship and its role in reducing the financial pressure on my single-parent household, has given me the confidence and self-belief to follow a career in Aerospace Medicine. As well as the economic benefits, the laptop has allowed me to be efficient and organised with my schoolwork and has been a vital tool that has assisted me in excelling academically. For many years, the reliable data and the mobility of the laptop ensured that I was able to continue travelling around NSW and Queensland to compete in [sporting] events while not being disadvantaged with my education. Additionally, the Harding Miller Scholarship created many opportunities that has allowed me to overcome the physical barriers of living rurally and the low access to educational resources. Experiences such as the workshop with the Girls in Tech Movement has solidified my vision for a future in science and has broadened my perspective of science communication as a career pathway.”

Keep an eye out for Isabella in the future – we know she is destined for great things!

ByCara Varian

Scholarship update

In 2021, the Foundation received over 550 applications from motivated girls in need of a scholarship. It has been a very rigorous and difficult task to select the scholarship recipients due to the high number of outstanding applications. Thank you to the judges who were part of this process.

We received applications from students in more than 200 schools located in every state and territory in Australia except the ACT. Of the new students awarded a scholarship:
• 19% are first nations girls
• 31% of the scholarships are based in rural and regional Australia
• 8% have experienced or are experiencing out of home care (foster care)
• 10% of the new girls have a refugee background from a total of 43% of the students who come from a family with non-English speaking background.

Thanks to the generosity of the donors, we are in a position to award 160 new scholarships. That means next year the Harding Miller Education Scholarship Program will welcome the largest group of new students to the program bringing the total scholarship program to more than 510 students, which is a record for us.

The scholarship program team is working hard to set up everything before Christmas so that scholarship packs can start going to the Year 10 and 11 students from early January and the new scholarship packs for Year 9 students to go out in the first week of Term 1. Each year we are adding options and resources for the students to enable them to further customise their scholarship to support them in the way that meets their needs and helps them achieve their ambitions.

This year we have added additional online and in person enrichment activities to the calendar, published a Year 10 subject selection guide, introduced career profiling for Year 11 students and provided a new membership to Study Work Grow career resource to all year groups. It is also the second year accessing Study Skills, JobJump and our HMEF APP. Pascal Press have also donated $60 or $100 vouchers to all of the students for the 2nd consecutive year. These tools are added to our existing scholarship offering which includes a high quality laptop, data, remote IT support, tutoring, a prepaid card for school expenses, online homework help and, very importantly, support from a volunteer personal coach.

This year also saw some active involvement from our Alumni, including the launch of ARK (Anti-Racism Kit) by Sabina Patawaran who is one of our 2020 graduates from Riverside Girls High School in Sydney. It is a toolkit of strategies and information to help high school students understand racism and combat it within their communities. It is also aimed at creating change within their schools.

Details of next year’s Awards events will be sent out early in the new year.

ByCara Varian

Teens in Business Awards – Pivoting Pioneer Finalists!!!

Rim Elnabouche a year 12 scholar and Khawlah Albaf a year 10 scholar both recently entered their business ideas and concepts into this year’s Teens in Business Awards. The Teens in Business Awards are run by a coalition of three entrepreneurial education experts – the Young Change Agents, Bop Industries and Tech Girls Movement Foundation. You can find out more by visiting their website here.

Both scholars won a spot on the top 5 finalist list for the Pivoting Pioneer Award. The Pivoting Pioneer Award recognises entrepreneurs who have had to pivot to evolve their business model based on validation or the changing world.

Both scholars were given the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to an audience at the x Sparkfest Event on Wednesday 20 October 2021. Unfortunately, neither of them went on to win the award but they both very graciously celebrated the award winner.

Rim’s business is called Build My Event, you can find out more by visiting the website here.

Khawlah’s business is in collaboration with her younger brother and is called BrotherSista Bubble Tea.  You can find out more by visiting the Instagram page here.

We would like to take this opportunity to say congratulations to Rim and Khawlah.  Go girls!!

ByCara Varian

Our 2021 Girls Get Their Welcome Packs!

150 Scholarship Welcome Packs

February is always an exciting month because it is when our girls receive their Harding Miller welcome packs including their Toshiba Dynabook laptops! 

"Katie Ambrus was very excited to receive her pack yesterday. She isn’t really a fan of having her photo taken so I took a few candid pics instead. I love the first one as her face is displaying just genuine joy. Thank you very much for making this an easy process. I was expecting to have to help Katie set the computer up but you guys had it all sorted!”
Belinda
Katie's Teacher
"We have received the awesome laptop and we are so pleased and grateful. We cannot thank the foundation enough."
Mark Quiambai and Livvy Charleston
Livvy is the 2021 scholar in Year 9
ByCara Varian

How A Helping Hand Changed My Life

This is Hibba's story of hope

“How a helping hand changed my life”

This is my story.

As a young woman in my family – which was going through a breakdown – life was challenging. I lacked considerable funds to spend on school necessities due to both of my parents being unemployed. My sister and I were previously a victim of a society in Pakistan that criticised girls and their right to education and de-motivated us from gaining further education. Moreover, most of the limited family funds would go towards my grandparents and two brothers who required constant medications for physical and mental difficulties. This meant that my four siblings and I had to be more responsible and miss out on opportunities other students had access to.

According to the Malala Fund, an organisation run by Malala Yousafzai which aims to bring awareness to the social and economic factors that impact girls’ education, there are over 130 million girls worldwide who do have access to any form of education. Although Australia is more privileged, with equal rights to education available to males and females, there are still many barriers preventing girls and women from pursuing and completing their education, which in turn prevents women from feeling empowered in life. These barriers include the cost of school fees, extra activities, uniforms, books and access to technology, difficulty getting to school due to distance or lack of transportation, financial conditions, difficult family situations, having refugee status, or being a victim of situations like domestic violence and abuse.

Another big influence in stopping girls from being able to reach their full potential include factors such as gender discrimination, which label females as primary caretakers that do not carry the responsibility to earn money. This shapes the values in our societies and influences people to pay special attention to men, enabling them greater status over women. Many women, especially in rural areas, have been denied the right to education and have been subjected to very degrading practices and responsibilities.

ByCara Varian

Meet Kawana Crowe – a HMEF alumni from 2019

Alumni 2019 - Kawana Crowe