In 2015, more than 48,000 Victorian students studied English as part of their VCE. Last month, Casley Rowan (2015) was one of just 24 students to receive a Premier’s Award for her perfect study score of 50 in English. Woodleigh School Principal, Jonathan Walter, and Casley’s VCE English teacher, Christian O’Toole, were there to help celebrate this fantastic individual achievement.

“My Woodleigh journey only really came to a close a few weeks ago when I was invited back to Melbourne to receive a VCE Premier’s Award – an achievement that culminated six years of incredible experiences and two years of dedication with my VCE English teacher, Christian O’Toole. Woodleigh fostered in me a sense of independence, adventure and, especially throughout Year 12, a love of literature and writing.

Now, I am living in Canberra and attending ANU, and can safely say that I have thrown myself into life as a University student. My double degree of Law and International Security Studies keeps me very occupied with copious amounts of reading, which I balance with my role as social representative for UniLodge and the College of Asia and the Pacific Society. This winter I will be undertaking a course in Paris for a month which will give me credit towards my studies and I am very excited to revisit the friends I made on Woodleigh’s Year 10 French Exchange.

To this point, life after Woodleigh has been very exciting and successful, and I am grateful for the solid grounding the school has given me in order to take on life’s new challenges.”

Casley Rowan – Woodleigh School Graduate 2015, 2016 Premier’s Award Recipient for English.