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Our Awards

GOAL College has a Dream Team of teachers, support and administration staff who work tirelessly to make school a fun, safe and inclusive place for our students to learn. This work allows our students to be the best versions of themselves, and to thrive in the final years of school and beyond.

We are so proud that the hard work and dedication of our staff, and our school has been recognised through numerous awards, publicity and acknowledgements. A selection of our outstanding achievements are below. 

Daily Telegraph, 2024

We’ve always been passionate about helping our Indigenous students reach their fullest potential, and were thrilled that The University of Sydney has sponsored a number of scholarships for Indigenous students to study at our College in 2024. Check out the Daily Telegraph article here to find out more about the collaboration between GOAL and the University, along with our relationship with Souths Cares, the youth support arm of the South Sydney Rabbitohs

Nakia Kobe-Zion from South Cares with two GOAL College Students
Alex Blackwell and GOAL students

NSW Training Awards Finalist, 2024

The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW within the NSW Department of Education to recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector. The awards honour and reward the achievements of students, trainers/teachers, registered training organisations and employers. This year we have been thrilled to learn that Year 12 student Zion has been named a finalist, and we look forward to the Awards dinner in June!

SIMNA Awards - Innovation in Social Impact Measurement, 2023

We were so excited to be named runner up in the 2023 SIMNA Award for Innovation in Social Impact Measurement, and the first school ever to be named as a finalist for this prestigious award. Our work on the Measure What Matters survey and reporting suite was lauded by the judges as “a bold and innovative approach”, and is a core part of what makes us different to other schools. Read more about it here.

Teacher Magazine - Improving Health And Wellbeing Award, 2023

GOAL College’s Principal, Kate O’Donnell, was awarded the first ever Improving Health and Wellbeing Award as part of Teacher Magazine’s inaugural Teacher Awards. This award recognised that Kate and the school’s Dream Team of teachers, support and counselling staff put student wellbeing at the centre of everything they do. Check out the article to read a bit more about the work the team at GOAL does to support health and wellbeing.

Channel Ten Interview, 2023

Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to have a chance to chat to Channel 10 about our wonderful school and why the ATAR is not the end-all and be-all of secondary education. You can watch the interview with our Principal, Kate O’Donnell, here.

Channel 10 Interview with Kate O'Donnell | GOAL College Dream Team | NSW Secondary College

Daily Telegraph, 2023

We’ve been recognised in the media for how we do school differently, and in July 2023 the Daily Telegraph published an article about our non-ATAR approach to the HSC. Check out the article here to find out more about how we prioritise mental health and life-ready skills through our non-ATAR HSC.

The Order of Australia Association (NSW) Youth Community Service Awards, 2023

The Order of Australia Youth Community Service Award, convened by Dr Frank Kelleher OAM, recognises significant community service  performed by students beyond their school boundaries in the wider community.

We were incredibly proud to have our Year 12 student, Zane, receive the Award in 2023. Zane was recognised for his charity work, which included riding 800km in 8 days for the Hands Across the Water Charity bike ride in Thailand and individually raising $10,000. Zane has also ridden in three charity bike rides in NSW for Feel the Magic and volunteers at Thread Together.

Award recipients at an order of australia ceremony
A family celebrating their success after graduating from sports high school GOAL College

NSW Training Awards Finalists, 2022

The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW within the NSW Department of Education to recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector. The awards honour and reward the achievements of students, trainers/teachers, registered training organisations and employers. The process to get to the finals is rigorous, and is excellent practice for preparing for interviews  and life beyond school. Three of our Year 12 students – Steph (pictured with her family, photo courtesy of NSW Training Awards), Cypress and Tash – were finalists in their regions at the 2022 Awards.

Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) NSW PDHPE School Award - 2022 

GOAL College was awarded ACHPER’S NSW PDHPE Award in 2022, an award that recognises high-quality health and physical education. Our Dream Team of teachers were nominated for this award for their dedication to delivering high quality and impactful education to our students.

Two GOAL College graduates with their awards

The Order of Australia Association (NSW) Youth Community Service Awards, 2022

The Order of Australia Youth Community Service Award recognises significant community service by individual students. This Award, convened by Dr Frank Kelleher OAM, recognises the significant contributions performed by students beyond their school boundaries in the wider community. We were extremely proud to have two Year 12 students, Laura and Billy, receive the Award in 2022.

NSW Training Awards Winner & Highly Commended, 2021

The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW within the NSW Department of Education to recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector. The awards honour and reward the achievements of students, trainers/teachers, registered training organisations and employers. Our Year 12 student, Ella, won the Sydney Region NSW Training Award in 2021, with Year 12 student Aleyna hot on her heels receiving a ‘highly commended’ acknowledgement. It is very unusual for runners-up to be recognised in this way, so to have two students recognised at the awards dinner made us incredibly proud.

Two award recipients

Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) NSW PDHPE Teacher Award - HIGHLY COMMENDED, 2021

Steve Paterson is one of our amazing teachers, and in 2021 he received a Highly Commended award in the ACHPER PDHPE Teacher Awards (Secondary Teacher Category). This award is a reflection of Steve’s commitment to his students and his role as an integral part of the GOAL College community. 

First in State, Standard Mathematics HSC Exam, 2020

At the end of a long year of lockdowns, we were thrilled to receive the news that Year 12 student Lilly had come first in the state on the Standard Mathematics 2020 HSC exam. Lilly’s amazing result was the product of her hard work and dedication, and engaging teaching by our staff during remote learning.

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The Dr. Alan Laughlin Award, 2017

The Dr. Alan Laughlin Award for Leadership is awarded to outstanding educators who display quality leadership and/or positively contribute to improving the quality of teaching at their educational institution. In 2017, this award was presented to our Principal, Kate O’Donnell for the work she does at the school to promote leadership and quality teaching.