DE International Awards 2016

Dung Dang Khoa Phu with David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd

Dung Dang Khoa Phu with His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd).

Lin Tong with His Excellency Mr Li Huaxin

Lin Tong with his Excellency Mr Li Huaxin, Consul General of the People's Republic of China.


Dung Dang Khoa Phu from Tempe High School and Lin Tong from Chatswood High School have taken this year's 2016 NSW Department of Education International Student Awards, at a ceremony celebrating international students' contribution to NSW government schools.

The Governor of NSW, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) presented the prizes to the winners.

The Deputy Secretary, School Operations, Greg Prior, congratulated Khoa and Lin on receiving the Academic Achievement and School Service awards respectively.

Lin and Khoa's achievements are a wonderful acknowledgement of what international students are bringing to NSW government schools, and to their school communities," Mr Prior said.

"These students enrich our cultural understanding and promote links between nations."

"I heartily congratulate all the award nominees, and the winners of this year's awards for their outstanding achievements. I also want to thank the schools and their staff for the wonderful teaching and support they provided."


Dung Dang Khoa Phu from Vietnam stood out in a strong field for the Academic Achievement Award by attaining an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank of 99.95. This outstanding result was achieved through Khoa's consistently strong performance in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics Extension 1 and 2, ESL English and Vietnamese. His near perfect score placed him on the 2015 Distinguished Achievers merit list.

Lin Tong from China received the School Service Award after demonstrating diplomacy, leadership and willingness to support both her school and community. In her role as International Student Liaison Captain and member of the student executive she mentored younger students and new international students. She assisted with orientation programs, multicultural week and arranged a number of sporting competitions to bring students together. Lin also worked with the local council and community on the issue of road safety.

This year 56 students were nominated in the Academic category, and 20 in the Service category. Award finalists came from eleven countries – China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, Russia, Venezuela and Vietnam.

In 2015, 645 international students completed the Higher School Certificate with 158 listed on the Distinguished Achievers list.

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Published: 19 May 2016

DE International Awards 2016

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