Diocesan Dux 2017: Connor McRae

St Francis Xavier’s College, Hamilton graduate, Connor McRae, who last year achieved an ATAR of 98.95, has been awarded Dux of the Diocese for 2017.

Connor says that his achievement was a reflection of his school years - a time he describes as being filled with hard work, amazing experiences and new opportunities - all shared with great people.

“All the people I have met along the way, from students to teachers and support staff, have all contributed to the experience and made it enjoyable. I have made some amazing friends and have been inspired by many phenomenal teachers during my time at school.

“I was extremely happy with my efforts and results in the HSC and especially being awarded Dux of the Diocese,” he said.

Connor’s parents are delighted with their son’s outstanding achievement mentioned.

“We were so pleased for Connor that he achieved such a well-deserved result. He remained very focused and worked tirelessly with some early morning starts, some late nights and over the weekends.

“Connor displayed a very strong work ethic and remained self-motivated throughout the whole time. He successfully managed a study/life balance with a part-time job, tutoring and worked out at the gym.”

Connor began his education at St Paul’s Primary School in Gateshead, continued on to St Mary’s Catholic College also in Gateshead for Years 7 to 10 and then completed his senior years at St Francis Xavier’s College in Hamilton.

“As I progressed through schooling, I became more aware of the experienced and qualified teachers employed by the Catholic system and how they and their values shaped us as students,” Connor said. 

“They helped us become more independent and conscientious individuals inside and outside the classroom

“My father is also a huge inspiration to me, he is an integral part of my life and has always taught me to work hard and maintain a strong work ethic. Both of my parents have always believed in me, given me their time and provided me with the best possible environment for study.

“Also, my Mathematics teacher, Christopher Dempsey, always amazed me with his intelligence and teaching ability, making me want to continuously push myself and improve each day.

“I am extremely grateful to all the teachers at SFX, for their belief, support and assistance in all areas of study, giving up their own time to ensure every student achieves their best,” he said.

Connor hopes to pursue a career in the field of statistical work and mathematics and this year begins a Bachelor of Mathematics at the University of Newcastle.

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Gabrielle Sutherland is the Communications Officer - Content for the Catholic Schools Office and regular contributor to mnnews.today.