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Our Academics

Our academics have achieved the highest results in New South Wales.

At Delta, all academics possess a minimum qualification of a NSW State Rank in HSC English. Our diverse academic team includes university students and career professionals who have achieved a rank in the top 20 in HSC English Advanced – or top 10 in English Extension 1 or 2 – in New South Wales.

In addition to their track records of academic achievement, each of our academics has proven excellence in teaching, mentoring, and inspiring students of a range of abilities.

Rebecca Ha

BA BEd(Hons I)

Rebecca graduated from a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at the University of Sydney with First Class Honours, majoring in English and Theatre and Performance Studies. She is a NSW-accredited high school English teacher who has experience with HSC-level marking and has completed specialist training in maximising the potential of gifted and talented students. Rebecca’s research interests include Asian-Australian students’ experiences of secondary schooling and curriculum differentiation in subject English. Her research has been published in academic journals internationally. Rebecca has been with us as an academic and consultant for a decade. As the Chief of Staff, she is responsible for hiring and supervising our academic staff members.

ATAR: 99.50

State rank: 19th in NSW for English Advanced

Awards and achievements:

  • First Class Honours
  • USyd Department of English Michael Orange Prize
  • USyd Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Raymond L. Debus Education Research Scholarship
  • USyd Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance
  • USyd Academic Merit Prize
  • HSC All-Round Achiever
  • Bethlehem College Winn MacDonald Prize for English Literature

Janek Drevikovsky

BA(Hons I, Medal) LLB MSt(Oxon)

Janek left high school with seven NSW state ranks and completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney, graduating with the University Medal in Classics. He then attended the University of Oxford on an Oxford Australia Clarendon Scholarship for a Master of Studies in Classics. Janek has worked as a law clerk, university tutor in Ancient Greek, and as a journalist for publications including the Sydney Morning Herald. Janek has been with us for over eight years and is currently serving as an academic consultant.

ATAR: 99.95

State ranks:

  • 1st in NSW for English Extension 1
  • 1st in NSW for English Extension 2
  • 1st in NSW for German Continuers
  • 1st in NSW for German Extension
  • 1st in NSW for Latin Continuers
  • 12th in NSW for Modern History
  • 15th in NSW for Legal Studies

Awards and achievements:

At the University of Oxford

  • Oxford Australia Clarendon Scholarship
  • Lincoln College Sloane Robinson Master’s Award

At the University of Sydney

  • First Class Honours and the University Medal in Classics
  • Wentworth Medal
  • Honours Scholarship
  • Backhouse Prize for Greek and Latin
  • Cooper Scholarship No IV in Classics
  • Frederic Spencer Burnell Prize for Best Essay in Greek II or III
  • Frederick Lloyd Memorial Prize
  • Nicholson Prize for Classical Literature in Translation
  • Nicholson Scholarship No IV for Latin III
  • W J Woodhouse Memorial Prize for (Ancient) Greek
  • Cooper Scholarship No III in Classics
  • Runner up, Australasian Society for Classical Studies Essay Competition (×2)
  • Winner, Australasian Society for Classical Studies Essay Competition
  • Regional Winner, Global Undergraduate Awards
  • Academic Merit Prize
  • Merit Award
  • Chancellor’s Award

Kate McFarlane

BSc(Adv) MD

Kate studied a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. Now also working as a medical doctor, Kate has been an academic with us for over seven years.

ATAR: 99.65

State rank: 9th in NSW for English Extension 1

Awards and achievements:

  • USyd Faculty of Science Dean’s Entry Scholarship
  • USyd Faculty of Science Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance
  • USyd Academic Merit Prize 
  • HSC All-Round Achiever

Stuart Rich

BA(Hons I, Medal)

Stuart graduated from Sydney Grammar School with state ranks in English Extension 1 and English Extension 2. He recently completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with First Class Honours and the University Medal in English at the University of Sydney, where he is now studying a Doctor of Medicine. Stuart has been with us for over four years.

ATAR: 99.95

State ranks:

  • 4th in NSW for English Extension 1
  • 6th in NSW for English Extension 2

Awards and achievements:

  • First Class Honours and the University Medal in English
  • USyd Honours Scholarship
  • USyd Department of English James Coutts Scholarship
  • USyd Department of English Helen B Devine Bequest Prize in Old English/Anglo-Saxon Studies
  • USyd Department of English MacCallum Prize for First Year English Literature
  • USyd Audrey Meaney Prize for Best Essay in Medieval or Renaissance Studies (×2)
  • USyd Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance
  • USyd Academic Merit Prize (×3)
  • USyd Chancellor’s Award
  • HSC All-Round Achiever
  • Sydney Grammar School Freeman Meeks Memorial Prize for English Advanced
  • Sydney Grammar School William Shepheard Laidley Prize for English Essay (Extension 1)
  • Sydney Grammar School Cyril Rennie Memorial Prize for English
  • Sydney Grammar School Women’s Association Scholarship

Imogen Lewis

BCom LLB

Imogen graduated as dux of Merewether High School with a state rank in English Advanced, also coming first in Legal Studies. She studied a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney, where she was an academic tutor for the Women’s College. Imogen has previously worked at a multinational investment bank and is currently working with a Tier 1 legal firm. She has been an academic at Delta for over seven years.

ATAR: 99.80

State ranks:

  • 4th in NSW for English Advanced
  • 1st in NSW for Legal Studies

Awards and achievements:

  • USyd Quentin Bryce Prize for a Law Student (×2)
  • USyd Academic Merit Prize
  • JP Morgan Women in Banking Scholarship
  • Dux of Merewether High School
  • HSC All-Round Achiever

Angie Lockley

BSc LLB

Angie graduated as dux of Kambala School for Girls with two state ranks in English Extension 1 and Modern History, before completing a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws as a Dalyell Scholar at the University of Sydney.

ATAR: 99.80

State ranks:

  • 2nd in NSW for English Advanced
  • 10th in NSW for Modern History

Awards and achievements:

  • USyd Sydney Scholars Award
  • Former Senior Student, Wesley College (USyd)
  • Wesley College Kippax Award for Best Result in Law
  • Wesley College Hamilton Mott Prize
  • Dux of Kambala School, 2011–2017
  • HSC All-Round Achiever

Jasmin Pike

BA(Hons I)

Graduating from Northern Beaches Christian School with a state rank in English Extension 2, Jasmin was awarded a fully-funded scholarship to the University of Wollongong, where she has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literatures, graduating with First Class Honours. Jasmin’s English Extension 2 major work was published in Young Writers Showcase 2019.

ATAR: 99.05

State rank: 4th in NSW for English Extension 2

Awards and achievements:

  • UOW Dean’s Merit Award
  • UOW Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Achievement Award
  • Ramsay Undergraduate Scholarship
  • English Extension 2 major work published in Young Writers Showcase 2019
  • Theo Batten Youth Art Award for Visual Arts Major Work

Jessica Topolski

BA BAdvStudies(Hons I)

Jessica graduated as dux of Mount Carmel Catholic College with state ranks in English Advanced and Ancient History. Now working as a management consultant, she completed a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies in Politics and International Relations and History at the University of Sydney, graduating with First Class Honours. Jessica has been with us as an academic for over six years.

ATAR: 99.15

State ranks:

  • 11th in NSW for English Advanced
  • 15th in NSW for Ancient History

Awards and achievements:

  • First Class Honours
  • USyd Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance
  • USyd Academic Merit Prize 
  • Dux of Mount Carmel Catholic College
  • HSC All-Round Achiever

Natasha Hau

BA MSW

Natasha graduated from Sydney Girls High School before completing a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Sydney. Since then, Natasha has completed a Master of Social Work (Qualifying), and is now working in the field of social work and policy. Natasha has been at Delta for over seven years.

ATAR: 95.15

State rank: 5th in NSW for English Extension 1

Awards and achievements:

  • USyd Sydney Scholars Award

Gwendalyn Dabaja

Gwendalyn graduated as dux of the Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney. Having completed a Bachelor of Arts in History within the combined Bachelor of Laws program at the University of Sydney, she is now undertaking Honours in Gender Studies.

ATAR: 99.45

State rank: 6th in NSW for English Extension 2

Awards and achievements:

  • USyd Department of Gender and Cultural Studies Vera Edith Thorpe Prize in Second Year Gender Studies
  • USyd Department of Gender and Cultural Studies Prize for Outstanding Achievement in First Year Gender Studies
  • Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance (×2)
  • Walter Ernest Savage Prize for Foundations of Law
  • Walter Reid Memorial Prize II for Foundations of Law
  • USyd Sydney Scholars Award
  • Australian Lebanese Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Dux of the Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney
  • HSC All-Round Achiever

Neera Bhatt

Neera graduated from Girraween High School with a state rank in English Extension 2. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the University of New South Wales.

ATAR: 99.40

State rank: 10th in NSW for English Extension 2

Awards and achievements:

  • AMPOL Best All-Rounder Award
  • Girraween High School Academic Excellence Awards for First in English Advanced and English Extension 2
  • Girraween High School Magna Cum Laude Award
  • HSC All-Round Achiever

Cate Chapman

Cate graduated as Vice-Captain of Caringbah Selective High School with a state rank in English Extension 1. She is studying a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies at the University of Sydney as a Dalyell Scholar, majoring in English and Philosophy.

ATAR: 99.75

State rank: 5th in NSW for English Extension 1

Awards and achievements:

  • USyd Academic Excellence Award
  • HSC All-Round Achiever
  • ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award
  • HSC Visual Arts Major Work exhibition in ArtExpress for the Virtual Exhibition VX and at Tamworth Regional Gallery
  • Ampol Award For Best All Rounder
  • Caringbah High School Graeme Musto Memorial Award for Year 12 English
  • Caringbah High School Stephen Wright Memorial Award For Diligence

Sean Cullen

Sean graduated from Marist College Eastwood with a state rank in English Extension 2. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, majoring in Global Development.

ATAR: 95.95

State rank: 5th in NSW for English Extension 2

Awards and achievements:

  • Marist College Eastwood Respice Finem Award for Academic Excellence
  • 1st in English Extension 2 in the Archdiocese of Sydney
  • Grand finalist in CSDA Debating Competition

Kirsten Fong

Kirsten graduated from Pymble Ladies College with a state rank in English Advanced. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce/Law at the University of New South Wales, majoring in Finance, as a recipient of the Scientia Scholarship.

ATAR: 99.90

State rank: 12th in NSW for English Advanced

Awards and achievements:

  • UNSW Scientia Scholarship
  • HSC All-Round Achiever
  • The Scholar’s Award – The Dr Margaret Jones Memorial Prize

Arnav Gupta

Arnav graduated as dux of Macarthur Anglican School, ranking 7th in NSW for English Advanced. He is studying a Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Civil) and Bachelor of Design in Architecture at the University of Sydney.

ATAR: 99.65

State rank: 7th in NSW for English Advanced

Awards and achievements:

  • Dux of Macarthur Anglican School
  • HSC All-Round Achiever
  • Macarthur Anglican School Academic Excellence Awards for First in English Advanced, English Extension 1, Physics, Visual Arts, Mathematics Advanced, and Mathematics Extension 1

Rachel Halliday Shand

Rachel graduated as dux of Ravenswood School for Girls with three state ranks and an ATAR of 99.95, coming first in the state for English Advanced. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney as a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award, majoring in English.

ATAR: 99.95

State ranks:

  • 1st in NSW for English Advanced
  • 10th in NSW for English Extension 1
  • 2nd in NSW for Modern History

Awards and achievements:

  • USyd Chancellor’s Award
  • Dux of Ravenswood School for Girls
  • HSC All-Round Achiever

Samarah Issa

Samarah graduated from St Catherine’s School, Waverley, with a state rank in English Advanced. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business at the University of Technology, Sydney.

ATAR: 99.00

State rank: 18th in NSW for English Advanced

Awards and achievements:

  • St Catherine’s School Year 12 General Achievement Prize
  • St Catherine’s School Eirene Mort Prize for Art Performance
  • St Catherine’s School Leadership Prize Gift of the Old Girls’ Union
  • St Catherine’s School Public Speaking Prize

Kristy Lam

Kristy graduated as dux of Prairiewood High School with two state ranks. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the University of New South Wales as an AAA and Gateway scholar, while also undertaking various clinical and research roles in psychology.

ATAR: 99.35

State ranks:

  • 14th in NSW for English Advanced
  • 13th in NSW for Modern History

Awards and achievements:

  • UNSW Academic Achievement Award
  • Dux of Prairiewood High School
  • John Curtin Modern History Award

Angela Le

Angela graduated as dux of Prairiewood High School with a state rank in English Advanced. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Business Management) under the Co-op Program at the University of New South Wales.

ATAR: 99.85

State rank: 17th in NSW for English Advanced

Awards and achievements:

  • UNSW Co-op Scholarship
  • UNSW Academic Achievement Award
  • Dux of Prairiewood High School
  • HSC All-Round Achiever

Piper Markson

Piper graduated from Pymble Ladies’ College with state ranks in English Advanced and Ancient History. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne with majors in Ancient World Studies and English Literature.

ATAR: 99.30

State ranks:

  • 17th in NSW for English Advanced
  • 8th in NSW for Ancient History

Awards and achievements:

  • Melbourne National Merit Scholarship
  • Pymble Ladies’ College All-Rounder Scholarship
  • Pymble Ladies’ College Margaret Coleman Contribution to School Life Prize
  • Pymble Ladies’ College Executive Prefect of the Arts
  • HSC All-Round Achiever

Max Martin

Max graduated as the school captain and dux of St. Augustine’s College. He is currently studying a Bachelor Laws and International Relations at the Australian National University.

ATAR: 99.95

State ranks:

  • 8th in NSW for English Advanced
  • 1st in NSW for Italian Beginners
  • 9th in NSW for Studies of Religion I

Awards and achievements:

  • National University Scholarship
  • HSC All-Round Achiever
  • ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award

Angelina Morison

Angelina graduated from St Luke’s Grammar School with a state rank in English Advanced. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney, majoring in English.

ATAR: 98.50

State rank: 20th in NSW for English Advanced

Awards and achievements:

  • USyd Sydney Scholars Award
  • St Luke’s Prize for First in English Advanced, Outstanding Achievement in English Extension 1, First in English Extension 2 and First in Visual Arts
  • St Luke’s Honour Roll 2017–2020
  • Visual Arts major work selected for ArtExpress and Express Yourself

Adrian Nader

Adrian graduated as the dux of Redfield College with a state rank in English Advanced. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) at the University of Sydney.

ATAR: 99.70

State rank: 8th in NSW for English Advanced

Awards and achievements:

  • Dux of Redfield College (×8)
  • Harry Messel International Science School Scholar
  • Notre Dame Award for first in ‘Logos for Schools: Philosophy and Ethics’
  • 1st in Latin Continuers at NSW School of Languages (×2)
  • Finalist, ‘What Matters?’ writing competition
  • Zone Finalist and Semifinalist, CSDA Public Speaking and Debating
  • HSC All-Round Achiever

Eamonn O’Loughlin

Eamonn graduated from St Aloysius’ College with a state rank in English Extension 2. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney.

ATAR: 99.80

State rank: 8th in NSW for English Extension 2

Awards and achievements:

  • HSC All-Round Achiever
  • St Aloysius’ College V. J. Flynn Award for Academic Excellence

Nirzara Patel

Nirzara graduated from Girraween High School with state ranks in English Extension 1 and History Extension. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine as a Dalyell Scholar at the University of Sydney.

ATAR: 99.80

State ranks:

  • 4th in NSW for English Extension 1
  • 3rd in NSW for History Extension

Awards and achievements:

  • USyd Academic Excellence Award
  • HSC All-Rounder
  • Girraween High School Academic Excellence Awards for First in Ancient History, Modern History, History Extension, English Advanced, English Extension 1 and English Extension 2
  • Girraween High School Consistently First in English Award
  • Girraween High School Year Advisor’s Leadership and Volunteering Award
  • Girraween High School Platinum Principal’s Award

Mayling Paton

Mayling graduated as the dux of Kambala with four state ranks, including two in English Advanced and English Extension 1. She is now studying a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney as a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award, majoring in Political Economy.

ATAR: 99.95

State ranks:

  • 5th in NSW for English Advanced
  • 8th in NSW for English Extension 1
  • 10th in NSW for Economics
  • 17th in NSW for Mathematics Advanced

Awards and achievements:

  • USyd Chancellor’s Award
  • Dux of Kambala School
  • Roseby Prize for First in English Advanced
  • HSC All-Round Achiever

Otylia Pilat

Otylia graduated as dux of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College Kensington, coming first in the state for English Extension 1. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Communications and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Technology Sydney, majoring in writing and publishing.

ATAR: 99.15

State rank: 1st in NSW for English Extension 1

Awards and achievements:

  • Dux of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College Kensington
  • HSC All-Round Achiever
  • Sr Mary Fyfe Award for Academic Perseverance and Excellence
  • First in Course in English Advanced in Sydney Catholic Schools
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College Kensington Academic Excellence Awards for First in Legal Studies, Advanced English, English Extension 1, English Extension 2, and Modern History in HSC Trial Examinations

Mark Russell

Mark graduated from Inaburra School, where he was school captain. He achieved a state rank in English Extension 1, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws as a fully-funded scholar at the University of Wollongong.

ATAR: 98.40

State rank: 5th in NSW for English Extension 1

Awards and achievements:

  • HSC All-Round Achiever
  • First in English Advanced, English Extension 1, Economics, and Legal Studies at Inaburra School
  • ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award
  • Ramsay Undergraduate Scholarship

Tara Seymour

Tara graduated from St Luke’s Grammar School, where she was both School Captain and Debating and Spoken Arts Captain. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney, majoring in European Studies.

ATAR: 98.40

State rank: 14th in NSW for English Advanced

Awards and achievements:

  • USyd Sydney Scholars Award
  • ADF Long Tan Leadership Award
  • Mosman Youth Awards in Literature Prizewinner
  • St Luke’s Grammar School Debating Award

Olivia Stavrakis

Olivia graduated as the school captain and dux of Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney with a state rank in English Advanced. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws as a Dalyell Scholar at the University of Sydney.

ATAR: 99.85

State rank: 6th in NSW for English Advanced

Awards and achievements:

  • HSC All-Round Achiever
  • Dux of Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney
  • First in English, Latin and Economics at PLC

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