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Year 12 Academic Results and Success Stories 2023 – Duncan Ball

Duncan’s journey at The King’s School spans eight years of academic and co-curricular achievements, leadership, and a deep commitment to service.

Duncan served the School as School Monitor and House Captain, roles in which he showcased remarkable effectiveness, earning the admiration of the School community. He received The Old Boys’ Union Prize for School Citizenship in recognition of his ability to lead.

Being a Kingsman means applying yourself and living life to the best of your ability. By pushing yourself in as many fields as you can, not only do you
improve, but you can serve and enrich the community.

Duncan was a familiar and enthusiastic member of the School’s Drum Line and Band, dedicating many hours to supporting his peers and encouraging comradery.

He also participated in The King’s School Theatre Program, performing in Mamma Mia ‘21, One Man Two Guvnors ’21 and School Of Rock ‘22. He played lead roles in Don’t Drink the Water ‘22 and Shrek: The Musical ‘23. Duncan received Performing Arts Honour Colours for his talents and was awarded the Eric Sowerby Drake Drama Award for Best Actor in 2022 and the Braeside Award for Performing Arts at Graduation.

In the 2022 production of School of Rock, I was understudy for the lead role, Freddy. With many cast members out because they had fallen ill with
COVID-19, I learned all the lines in one day and stepped into the lead role

Duncan’s other co-curricular passions included Debating, Twelve Club and the Crusader Leadership team. He won the Parramatta Rotary Clift Public Speaking Competition in 2020 and was a regional finalist in the NSW Plain English-Speaking Competition 2021

Over the years, he represented the School in Rowing, Tennis, Basketball, Football and Mountain Biking; before settling into the Cross Country and
Summer Athletics programs.

I work best when I am busy and actively participating in a variety of activities. The broad range of co-curricular activities offered at King’s kept me busy and allowed me to push myself in all fields of my endeavours.”

Duncan extended his leadership abilities through The King’s School Cadet Corps, where he held the position of Cadet Under Officer. In the spirit of character development, he also completed his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

I will remember King’s as a caring and nurturing environment that helped me find my passions and pushed me to be my best. It has instilled in me a strong set of values based on service and leadership.

Duncan has accepted a Ramsay Centre Scholarship to study a combined degree in Arts (Western Civilisation) and Law at the University of Wollongong.

The best lesson I have learned at King’s is if you don’t try, you can’t win. Therefore, you should put your hand up for any opportunity. The broad range
of activities available means there is something for everyone. Even if you are unsure, you should give it a go and find your niche.

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