On Wednesday 14 December 2016 Waverley College student Thomas Kossenberg was recognised by the Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli for achieving 1st place in Studies of Religion 2 Unit in the 2016 Higher School Certificate. It was the second year in a row that a student from the college achieved first place in Studies of Religion 2 Unit – the award went to Adam Hegedus in 2015.
Mr Piccoli said students who come first in an HSC course have achieved at the highest level in a world-class credential.
“This is a very proud day for all the students who have achieved a First in Course result, as well as for their families and their teachers,” Mr Piccoli said.
“Whether a student tops the State or not, undertaking the HSC gives young people skills and experience that will serve them well in their lives beyond school.”
Head of Waverley College, Ray Paxton said, “My warmest congratulations go to Tom, who has been an outstanding student during his time at Waverley College. During his HSC year Tom was College Vice-Captain and a leader of the Cadet Unit. In 2016 he won the College’s prize for Studies of Religion 2 Unit, the Waverley Council Award for General Proficiency and the Major General J A Chapman award for the best Cadet in the Unit.
“We are very proud of Tom’s achievement and also congratulate his parents, who did a great job of supporting their son throughout his education,” said Mr Paxton.