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Celebrating the Achievements of our Past Students


Canning, Emily- Ginninderra High School, Hawker College

Emily Canning: Chief Financial Officer Australian Government Department of Human Services

Emily Canning is an officer in the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service. She is currently the National Manager, Internal Budgets and Reporting Branch, Department of Human Services. She joined the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service in 2001, and has also worked for the Department of Family and Community Services, ComSuper, the Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations, and the Department of Human Services. She was responsible for the development of the new funding model for the Department of Human Services, and is an active member and mentor with her alma mater, Hawker College.

Carvalho, Sara – Telopea Park School

Sara Carvalho is an acclaimed soprano who has performed in a number of operas and musicals, including ‘Die Fledermaus’, ‘The Magic Flute’, ‘Madama Butterfly’, ‘The Merry Widow’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’, and ‘Jane Eyre’. Sara graduated from the ANU School of Music in 2003 with a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours). In 2002, Sara received a Canberra Critics Circle Award and a Canberra Area theatre Award for Best Actress for her role in West Side Story, and in 2004, a Best Supporting Actress Award for her role as Adele in ‘Die Fledermaus’. In recent years Sara worked at the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel where she was the lead vocalist. Sara returned to Canberra in 2012 and taught music at Lyneham High School.

Casey, Peter J – Cook Primary School

Peter J Casey is a popular musician, comedian, composer and performer. Known for his musical satire, he has performed in many ‘one-man’ cabaret shows including ‘Closes on Saturday Night’, ‘Alone’ and ‘Renaissance Bloke’. He has also performed at ‘The Famous Spiegeltent’. He was the winner of the City of Sydney Award at the Sydney Cabaret Convention, as well as the inaugural Studio Award from the Sydney Opera House Trust, and also received a Canberra Critics Circle award for Musical theatre. A former teacher at Melrose High School, he is now a presenter and producer with the ABC.

Casimir, Jon – Hawker College

Jon Casimir is a writer and producer who is ABC TV’s Head of Entertainment. He was part of the creative talent behind the hugely successful ‘Gruen’ family of programs (Transfer, Planet, Nation and Sweat) and was the producer of Enough-Rope with Andrew Denton from 2003-2008. Jon’s credits also include being producer and writer on ‘God on My Side’, ‘Elders’, ‘Hungry Beast’, ‘Randling’, ‘The Joy of Sets’, and ‘Can of Worms’.

Chan, Jackie SBS MBE – Dickson College

Jackie Chan is a Hong Kong born actor, choreographer, comedian, director, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer and stunt performer. Known for his acrobatic fighting style and use of slapstick comedy in his films; he has appeared in more than 150 features. He has stars on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Jackie Chan’s first huge blockbuster success came when he co-starred with American actor Chris Tucker in the ‘Rush Hour’ franchise. He has been nominated for more than 60 different acting awards around the world and was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1989. He is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and an animal rights activist.

Craft, Martin – Narrabundah College

Martin Craft is a songwriter and musician and was a founding member of the prominent Australian indie band Sidewinder. Sidewinder achieved their greatest critical acclaim and success with their 1997 album ‘Tangerine’ and that year, they also supported U2 on their Australian tour. He now works on solo projects as ‘M.Craft’, playing most of the instruments on his recordings himself. He received critical acclaim for his 2004 solo mini-album ‘I Can See It All Tonight’.