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Student Summary

An overview of Knox Grammar School's Indigenous students who were part of the AIEF Scholarship Program in 2021. Read about their backgrounds, their interests and their achievements throughout the year.

​Mackye (Kye)

Mackye (Kye) from Taree completed Year 7 at Knox Grammar School in 2021 on an AIEF Scholarship. Mackye is a mature, thoughtful, and friendly young man. He takes pride in his culture and frequently Acknowledges Country in language at school and public events. Mackye is a keen sportsman and enjoys participating in boarder activities. Mackye is looking forward to returning to boarding in 2022.

Dylan

Dylan from Walgett completed Year 10 at Knox Grammar School in 2021 on an AIEF Scholarship. Dylan is an extraordinary young man; he is an insightful, compassionate, deeply cultural young man whose connection to his language, history and culture is inspiring. Dylan has learnt his Gamilaroi language and Acknowledges Country in language at many school, community, public and even international events. Dylan shares culture in class and is a natural leader in all Knox cultural activities. Dylan was the runner up in the National Boarding Award of the Indigenous Student who has contributed most to the Community and was the Australian representative in Spaceship Earth. He also excelled in the KGSCU – receiving a prestigious Award at the 2021 Passing Out Parade and for Surf Life Saving. Dylan is proud that he was able to integrate activities at home into his Agriculture studies during lockdown.

William (Billy)

William (Billy) from Redfern completed Year 9 at Knox Grammar School in 2021 on an AIEF Scholarship. William is known to be a mature, insightful, articulate and gregarious young man. He is also a keen sportsman and is a keen rugby and league player, playing rugby at school and league on the weekends at a local club. William is dedicated and well organised in balancing his academics and extra-curricular activities. William would like to study Medicine in the armed forces when he finishes school.

Noah

Noah from Walgett completed Year 8 at Knox Grammar School in 2021 on an AIEF Scholarship. Noah has shown increasing leadership skills as well great compassion in supporting and inclusion of fellow boarders. Noah is becoming more confident in his public speaking skills and keen to learn more about his culture. Noah enjoyed learning traditional ways of agriculture, fishing, and hunting from his father during the lockdown.

Jarrah

Jarrah from Nowra completed Year 11 at Knox Grammar School in 2021 on an AIEF Scholarship. Jarrah is respected as a natural leader by his fellow students. He works enthusiastically and has embraced Drama as a subject which has allowed him to enhance his confidence and public speaking skills. Jarrah was also in the First XV Rugby at Knox. Jarrah is involved in a cultural community mentoring program and worked consistently throughout the lockdown, particularly focusing on his two-year TAFE course in Automotive.

Matthew

Matthew from Nowra completed Year 12 at Knox Grammar School in 2020 on an AIEF Scholarship. Matthew is a humble, capable young man and the younger boys looked to him as a role model. In his final year of school, Matthew focused on his academics, sports and leadership. He was elected the Captain of the First XV following the strong support of both his cohort and the staff. He was diligent and committed to his team and led them through the uncertain times of COVID -19. Matthew applied at St Andrews College and will study sports science at the University of Technology, Sydney. Matthew is looking forward to joining the support team for the Indigenous Program at Knox in 2021.

Malakai

Malakai from Seven Hills completed Year 8 at Knox Grammar School in 2021 on an AIEF Scholarship. Malakai has developed positive relationships with fellow boarders and worked consistently throughout the lockdown.

William (Bill)

William (Bill) from Lake Condah completed Year 9 at Knox Grammar School in 2021 on an AIEF Scholarship. William has shown great maturity and determination, with clear goals about being an engineer in the future. He has made strong friendships in boarding and in the day school and he loves his rugby. William loves Industrial Technology and really applies himself in all subjects, especially Maths.

Hunter

Hunter from Inverell completed Year 8 at Knox Grammar School in 2021 on an AIEF Scholarship. Hunter shows great engagement as he frequently delivers the Acknowledgment of Country at many school and public events. Hunter is a keen and gifted sportsman and keen to be a professional rugby player. Hunter is involved in a cultural community mentoring program and looking forward to returning to boarding in 2022.

Thomas

Thomas (Tom) from Nowra completed Year 11 at Knox Grammar School in 2021 on an AIEF Scholarship. Tom has gained a great deal of confidence and through Drama has enhanced his willingness to participate in Acknowledging Country at school and public events. Tom is involved in a cultural community mentoring program and worked consistently throughout the lockdown, particularly focusing on his TAFE course in Community Studies.

Cayd

Cayd from Peak Hill completed Year 9 at Knox Grammar School in 2020 on an AIEF Scholarship. Cayd participated in the Da Vinci Science Program and a variety of cultural activities in 2020. He has found group mentoring and Cultural Mentor Uncle Waylon very valuable to his understanding of culture. Cayd has enjoyed learning to play the didgeridoo and was very proud when Uncle Waylon presented him with his own didgeridoo.

Kyh

Kyhnan (Kyh) from Lightning Ridge completed Year 12 at Knox Grammar School in 2021 on an AIEF Scholarship. For his final year, Kyh was elected Prefect, with the role of supporting the Team Leaders at Year Meetings and mentoring the Stage 4 students in the day school. Kyh was awarded School Colours for his role in the Knox Pipe Band, track and field and rugby. Kyh gained early entry to Macquarie University and is planning to study Business.

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I’m so excited for the beginning of my adult life! I’ve finished school and am so happy with my results and I’ve accepted a job doing something I love. Thanks to AIEF especially who has helped me along the way. I can’t wait to see what the next few years have to offer.

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The AIEF Scholarship Program and the AIEF Pathways Program are supported by the Australian Government in collaboration with individual, philanthropic and corporate supporters from the private sector.