Having topped the state in the 2021 HSC Construction Examination, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Clancy Catholic College graduate Tony Khattar as he begins a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree

Tony helped Sydney Catholic Schools to a hattrick in the Construction Examination at this year’s HSC First in Course Awards.

“The exhilaration I felt when the person on the other side of the phone congratulated me for coming first is the gold medal for winning the longest two years of my education career so far,” Tony said.

The Clancy Catholic College West Hoxton Year 12 graduate placed equal first in the subject, alongside Aquinas Catholic College Menai graduates Oliver Wells and Brock Wilson.

The trio were among 139 students across NSW recognised by Sarah Mitchell, Minister for Education and Early Learning, during an online First in Course ceremony on 19 January 2022.


Tony gained early entry to a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree, and will major in civil and environmental engineering.

“With [early university entry] I am able to continue my interests that relate to construction at a higher academic level,” Tony said.

He thanked his Construction teacher, Mr Riley Coughlan, for his passion and determination in the classroom and for pushing the students from day one. Another student from the same class, Charbel Azzi, ranked 8th in the state in the same Construction Examination.

“He would always project out to all of us that there were state rankings in our class – and here I am achieving first!” marvelled Tony.

“The fact I was able to achieve First in Course even with the countless people completing the same course is beyond me.”

HSC 2021: The results are in