Connor threw himself into his studies and immersed himself in all that Hale had to offer during his time as a student. He gained Symbols for music (Choir and Ensemble), Service Learning, Drama, Football, Athletics and Academic achievement, as well as Colours for Academics and Colours and Honours for his real passion, Drama. Naturally enough it was Drama that captured his full attention and Connor took himself off to New York, straight from school, to begin full-time study. At the end of his first two years, Connor was one of just 16 young actors from around the world to be invited to join the 2016/17 Academy Company. His commitment at the Academy during this time was rewarded with a US $20,000 scholarship. He was still left way short of the actual cost of his year’s fees, however, as his visa status did not allow him to work outside the Academy. It was at this point that Connor approached the OHA for assistance. Part of his proposal said, I would like to think that my achievements in the US to date match that of mine back home in Australia. The OHA agreed that they absolutely did and was delighted to be in a position to offer some assistance. All of this was happening in tandem with the development of the Young Haleians’ group and the OHA supported Connor knowing that he would qualify for the Endeavour Award.
He strongly believes that making one’s own work is the key to success: a value taught to him at Hale and one that has stood him in good stead so far in his career.
"The support Hale and the OHA have provided me has allowed me to really focus on this dream and bring it closer – within reach. I’m seeing the results, but I am determined to go further and reach as high as possible. I’m meeting and working with amazing people and that is all I can really ask for right now. It’s an extraordinary time!"
The Young Haleians’ Endeavour Award recognises Chris' outstanding accomplishments, future ambitions and endeavours in his field, being Aerospace Engineering.
Chris commenced studies at UWA moving to Melbourne to complete his Masters’ in Aerospace engineering at RMIT. He achieved a GPA of 3.9 (out of 4.0) and was the elected Student Representative for the Masters’ program. He was also awarded the 2018 Boeing Industry Scholarship. His Masters’ Thesis in rocket nozzle efficiency was recently accepted into the Australian International Aerospace Congress to be published and presented at their annual conference in 2019.
The funds will contribute to software engineering courses separate to his degree, further develop his skills and CV and in addition assist partially with relocation costs to Melbourne and overseas if opportunities arise.
Chris was well liked at Hale, making the most of the opportunity the school provides, he embodies the criteria of the award as well as Hale's values and we are very excited to follow his progress going forward.
Chris Hewitt (L) pictured with Matt Haddon (R)
"I am incredibly honoured to be receiving the Endeavour Award this year. I fully intend to make the most of the award and am excited for the opportunities this opens up for me. I want to extend my thanks to the Old Haleians Committee as well as Hale School for providing me with the resources and the environment to get to where I am today. I am so proud to be recognised by the school I was lucky enough to grow up with."
The Young Haleians’ Endeavour Award recognises Hamish's outstanding accomplishments, future ambitions and endeavours in his field, being competitive rowing.
Hamish developed his love for rowing after starting the sport in Year 8 at Hale School. Understanding just how competitive the sport is fuelled Hamish to learn everything he could to be a better athlete and rower. Resilience, determination and perseverance saw him improve physically and technically each year to become the world champion he is today.
His list of accomplishments and awards over the past three years is long, including winning multiple national titles. In 2018 Hamish became the second person at Hale to receive rowing Honours and was awarded a scholarship by the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS). He continues to train with the WAIS rowing programme.
The funds will contribute towards assisting Hamish with the cost of the seat fee each year at the World Championships.
Hamish's goal is to win in the coxless pair and the single scull at the National Championships. This will hold him in good stead to make the Under 23 Australian team where he will be able to go to represent Australia in Bled, Slovenia. His ultimate goal is to win a gold medal at the Olympics.
Kim O'Brien (L) YH Chair presenting Hamish Henriques (R) with his Endeavour Award
“Receiving the Young Haleians’ Endeavour Award will be a huge financial assistance and will allow me to concentrate on excelling and pushing my boundaries on the world stage.
I believe rowing epitomises the core values of Hale – Excellence, Resilience, Integrity, Courage, Creativity and Service – and that to be the best in the world, I need to wholeheartedly embrace these values.”