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Celebrating the Achievements of our Past Students


Dawson, Courtney - North Ainslie Primary School, Campbell High School, Dickson College

Courtney Dawson

Courtney is a filmmaker and new media professional who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with First Class Honours in Film Studies from the ANU before moving to Sydney to work at two of Australia's largest media organisations - the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (at ABC iView - Australia's leading catch-up TV service) and Foxtel, where she built and managed the social media community for Presto (Foxtel's new online movies platform).

Courtney established her own entertainment website, MovieMag in 2008 and in 2014 she wrote, directed and produced an investigative documentary called Advance Australian Film, which features interviews with Australia's top industry professionals and some of our biggest stars. The film screened at festivals across the country and premiered on Australian Television in October. She is currently residing in New York City.

Dawson, Marc - Red Hill Primary School, Telopea Park High School, Narrabundah College

Mark Dawson

Marc Dawson, Cricket book author and former ABC broadcaster, is a long-standing Canberra radio announcer who retired from the airwaves in 2014 after a 38-year career with the ABC. From the late 1970s, he presented a number of programs on 666 Canberra (formerly 2CN), including the breakfast show, afternoons, drivetime, nights and Grandstand sport, before settling into the morning news-reading role in 1986, which he occupied until 2014, a record length for a Canberra radio announcer in the same shift. Marc has also written a number of cricket books which have been published in both Australia and the UK.

One of Marc's daughters, Courtney, included in this listing, attended North Ainslie Primary, Campbell High School and Dickson College also went on to work for the ABC, in Sydney, later becoming an independent filmmaker.

De Rousiers, General Patrick – Forrest Primary School

General de Rousiers

After a long and distinguished career in the French defense force, General Patrick de Rousiers was appointed as the permanent Chairman of the European Union Military Committee in November 2012. His selection was made by the EU Member States' Chiefs of Defence and he was appointed by the European Council. The General is also the Military Advisor to the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy.

The General holds the rank of General d’Armée Aérienne in the French Air Force. He has logged more than 3,000 flying hours, including more than 2,600 on jet-engined fighter aircraft, and has participated in 76 combat missions.

General de Rousiers was awarded a Commander in the Legion of Honor, a Commander in the National Order of Merit, the French Medal of Aeronautics and the German Ehrenkreuz der Bundeswehr in gold.

Diggle, Holly - Alfred Deakin High School, Narrabundah College

Holly Diggle

Holly Diggle is a renowned artistic director, dance teacher, internationally touring contemporary dance performer, choreographer and dance teacher within the ACT education system at primary, high school, college and university level. She is also the artistic director of Dance Northside, a Canberra based dance school. Holly was nominated for the 2008 Australian Dance Awards ‘Most Outstanding Female Performer’ award and was joint winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’ (Canberra’s 2010 ‘Short and Sweet’ Dance Festival) and the ‘Most Outstanding Choreography’ (2012 ‘Short and Sweet’ Dance Festival) awards.

Visit the Dance Northside website.

Donovan, Kelli - Narrabundah College

Kelli Donovan is an acclaimed eco-fashion designer and principal of the successful Pure Pod franchise. Pure Pod creates Australian made, contemporary and stylish ‘sustainable’ eco fashion for women. Kelli’s aim is to bring contemporary style to the eco-fashion movement with garments made from Organic Cotton, Bamboo, Soy, Linen, Silk, Merino Wool and ‘Hand Woven’ Denim, using either low impact or vegetable dyes. Kelli has received numerous acclaims such as the 2011 FGI Sustainable Business Awards finalist and showcased her collections in New York as part of ‘G’Day USA 2011’. In 2012, Pure Pod was invited to show at the Asia Essential Textile Fair in Hong Kong and were accepted by the UK's Ethical Fashion Forum, to be a part of their ‘Fellowship500’ sustainable fashion collective.