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Celebrating the Achievements of our Past Students


Marlton, Andrew aka First Dog on the Moon – Yarralumla Primary School

Andrew Malton aka First Dog on the Moon Political Cartoonist

Andrew Marlton aka ‘First Dog on the Moon’ is an award winning cartoonist for The Guardian Australia. Prior to this he was a longtime cartoonist with ‘Crikey!’. He has appeared on stage in his own award winning show ‘Cartoobs and other Typos’ and his character ‘Mr Onthemoon’ appears weekly on Radio National. In 2011 he won the Museum of Australian Democracy's Political Cartooning Award and in 2012, he won the Walkley Award for the best political cartoon of 2012. He has written one book, is working on three others and is currently working on material for television.

McDermott, Paul – Dickson College

Paul McDermott is an Australian comedian, actor, writer, director, singer, artist and television host. He is best known both for his work on the popular television series ‘Good News Week’ and with fellow ACT Public School alumni Tim Ferguson as part of the Doug Anthony All Stars. He has been a regular performer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and is also a renowned author. Paul has been a columnist for a number of Australian newspapers and a selection of his work has been compiled into a book, ‘The Forgetting of Wisdom’. He has also written and illustrated two storybooks, both of which have been adapted into short films with Paul scripting, directing, performing and painting all of the animations. In recent times, Paul has being pursuing his painting career, and given a series of concerts featuring self-written songs called ‘Paul Sings’.

Middleton, Karen – Belconnen High, Hawker College

Karen Middleton

Karen Middleton is a Canberra-based freelance journalist, writer and broadcaster who has covered national and international affairs for almost 30 years. Her first book, An Unwinnable War - Australia in Afghanistan, was published in 2011 and tells the political back story to our longest military conflict - how John Howard's presence in Washington DC on September 11, 2001, led to Australia spending the next decade at war.

Karen was Chief Political Correspondent for SBS television for 10 years and before that was Political Editor for The West Australian and Foreign Affairs and Defence Correspondent for The Age. She is a regular panellist on ABC TV's Insiders program and on ABC radio, a commentator on Radio New Zealand and Monocle 24 radio in the UK and currently contributes to the BBC online, the ABC's The Drum online and The Australian Women's Weekly magazine in print and online.

Karen has been a past contributor to The New York Times, CNBC and al Jazeera. She is also an occasional lecturer at the Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales, in its Executive Education Program. As a volunteer, Karen has helped settle refugees in Australia and has designed a creative writing program for soldiers experiencing post-traumatic stress, to be delivered in 2016. She was a co-founder a chief lyricist for the Parliamentary Press Gallery's satirical singers, The House Howlers.

Mills, Patrick – Lake Ginninderra College

Patrick ‘Patty’ Mills is a professional basketball player and Olympian. He is the second Aboriginal Australian to play in the NBA and currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs. He has represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics. Patty was recently named ACT Young Australian of the Year for 2014 and was presented with the keys to the city of Canberra in July 2014.

Moore, Lisa – Telopea Park School

Lisa Moore is a world renowned and critically acclaimed pianist. She has been described as ‘New York's queen of avant-garde piano’ and a ‘visionary’ by The New Yorker magazine. Her performances often incorporate theatrical elements and in 2008 she curated the Canberra International Music Festival ‘Sounds Alive’ series. She has performed with a number of ensembles including the New York City Ballet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, BargeMusic, St. Lukes Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, and the Australia Ensemble.  Lisa has released four solo albums and collaborated on a further 30 albums.

Muldoon, Rhys - Scullin Primary School, Belconnen High School, Hawker College

Rhys Muldoon is an actor and writer, best known for his work with ‘Playschool’ (2000), ‘Lockie Leonard’ (2007), ‘Big Sky’ (1997) and ‘House Husbands’ (2012). He is the author of ‘Jasper and Abby and the Great Australia Day Kerfuffle’ a collaboration with former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. He received a nomination for Best Children’s Album at the 2012 ARIA Awards for his album ‘I’m Not Singing’ and for the Best Actor in a Leading Rol’ at the 2000 AFI Awards for his role in ‘Grassroots’.