Syrian refugee graduates as dux of school

Syrian refugee graduates dux of one of Australia’s largest Catholic schools

By Patrick Wright

ABC News – 13 December 2016


A Syrian refugee who only started learning English in 2014 after fleeing the embattled city of Homs, has graduated as dux of one of Australia’s largest secondary Catholic schools.

In 2013, Saad Al-Kassab and his family managed to escape the bloody civil war in Syria which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.

Just three years later, he has been celebrated as dux of Catholic Regional College Sydenham, in Melbourne’s north-west, after earning an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 96.65.

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