A young man from York has achieved the ultimate honour at secondary school being elected head student at his school.

In year 12 at Helena College, Josh McGinlay, was elected by staff and fellow students to the role of head male student for 2009.

Josh has lived in York all his life and attended the local primary school to the end of year 6. Since then he has travelled to Helena College in the Perth hills with nine other students from York.

Parents of the students take it in turn to take them to school and pick them up every day. “Travelling was hard at first but it doesn’t worry me anymore, I don’t think about it,” Josh said.

In his final year, Josh is enrolled in English literature, applicable and discreet mathematics, physics, drama and music composition. He plays piano, guitar and euphonium. His other interests include the martial arts, Kung Fu and the less strenuous Zendo Kai.

“The school is relatively small with less than 1,000 students. “There is a good balance between sport, the arts and science and all the students are motivated to do well,” Josh said.

While still unsure what he wants to do when he finishes high school, Josh thinks it will either be music at UWA or the WA Academy of Performing Arts or some aspect of science involving physics.

During the summer holidays, Josh has had a part time job at York Home Hardware. The money he has earned has gone towards a new guitar and he has saved some to help pay his way at university. Manager of Home Hardware, Vince Creaser, said Josh was an excellent employee “... a pleasure to have onboard,” he said.

Lindsay McNeill

ABOVE: Josh McGinlay, at work at Home Hardware and just for the record, the beard and long hair isn’t customary among students at Helena College!