Congratulations to Champion of CJ, Professor Kingsley Dixon, AO

The King’s Birthday Honours List 2023

Congratulations are extended to former CJ student, Distinguished Professor Kingsley Dixon, AO of the Class of 72, on his award of the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) announced in the King’s Birthday Honours List of 2023.  The short citation of the award is:

“For distinguished service to conservation biology, particularly ecological research and restoration, and to tertiary education.”

Following the gaining of his Doctorate, Kingsley commenced at the Kings Park Botanical Garden as the foundation Director of Science.  He has led for many years a world renowned plant and conservation research centre.  In the early 1990s Kingsley led a team that discovered the role of smoke from bushfires in the germination of plants, providing the capacity to renew the landscape following the destruction caused by fire.  The work in isolating the chemicals involved and the role of a molecule, karrikikinolide, that was you identified in the research can only be described as pioneering.

The orchid species, Caleana dixonii, was named after Kingsley and for his work, he was the second Australian botanist to be awarded the international Linnean Medal.  In 2015, Kingsley was appointed as a Distinguished Professor by Curtin University and in 2016, he was celebrated as the WA Scientist of the Year.  

The award of the AO is a prestigious honour and acknowledges Kingsley’s many years of work in the science field.  In 2022 Kingsley was acknowledged as a Champion of CJ and it is with great delight that the CJ school community rejoice in the success of Kingsley Dixon, AO as a botanist, conservationist and university educator.  Congratulations.

Mofflin House Scholarships

The Wesley College boys fundraise throughout the year via their “Jobs for Jackson” initiative. The boys take an active role in the scholarships process: they sort through the applications and take part in interviewing the candidates. They are genuinely delighted to hand over their earnings to the worthy winners.

The Cyril Jackson scholarship recipients were humble and gracious and talked about their schooling experiences before coming to Australia. Hares spoke on behalf of the others and the depth of gratitude that he expressed was truly moving.

Congratulations to this years winners:

Hares Vahdi

Adel Al-Ahmad

Matty Phungsa

Baiden Guaknam

Eric Ndambira Francais

CJ student Rosie Crammond wins double

CJ student Rosie Crammond was nominated by her teacher for the SCSA Exhibitions and Awards for Retails and Personal service, and won!!!

Rosie was awarded:

VET Exhibition – Retail and Personal Service

VET Certificate of Excellence – Retail and Personal Service

An Exhibition is a supreme award for a diligent student and Rosie certainly earnt the Award through her hard work and dedication as well as the interviews and presentations that VET student go through to determine the top student in each industry stream.

Congratulations Rosie, for your excellent work that has led to this acknowledged for your outstanding achievement.

Everyone at CJ is very proud of you, and your achievements are inspiring.

$10,000 granted to CJSC for the renovations of the Student Room

The Hon Dave Kelly committed $10,000 to Cyril Jackson Senior Campus’ Student Room project. The Student Room is a much needed space for the cohort at CJSC and it only seemed fitting that if the space is for the students, it is designed by them. Lead by student Rosie Crammond the Student Advisory Group project managed the extensive renovations.

Midlas also generously donated an amazing print by indigenous artist Wilo, which is hung for all to enjoy in the Student Room.

The Hon Dave Kelly, Member for Bassendean officially opened the room and spoke enthusiastically with all students and congratulated them on the impressive work they put into the renovations.

Well done team, what an amazing effort by all!

This project was supported by the State Government

Two CJ Students Win Zonta Study Grant

Two of our Year 11 students, Farzanna Rafee & Penny Niang Mang Pum attended the Swan Hills Zonta Awards Dinner on the 20 October and both won the $600 Study Awards Grant.  Eight year 11 female students were shortlisted for an interview and these two shone through.

Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

These young women certainly deserve their grants, and what an inspiration to other migrant students.

Well done Farzanna and Penny!

Festive Cake Creations by CJ Hospitality Students

This year’s hospitality student’s have produced some spectacular festive cakes over the last two weeks!

The students designed and created their own festive masterpieces, learning new skills along the way. They baked their own cakes and learnt the art of working with rolled icing, after some design work, they made their own decorations and assembled them.

Their teacher Cath MacDougall said “What I noticed most when taking pictures of the students with their cakes was the pride they felt. What incredibly, beautiful works of art!”

Well done hospitality students.

Mi Aim Goal – Snowman               Sabna Mirzale – Father Xmas      Leila Ogilvie – Lanterns