Calvary Christian College receives Prince Albert Cup in honour of Rhodes Scholar Jordan English

GRADUATE: Rhodes Scholar Jordan English with Calvary Christian College principal and chief executive Cherylynne Gostelow.
GRADUATE: Rhodes Scholar Jordan English with Calvary Christian College principal and chief executive Cherylynne Gostelow.

THE prestigious Prince Albert Cup will be displayed at Calvary Christian College for the next year to recognise graduate and Rhodes Scholar Jordan English.

At a ceremony on Thursday, Education Minister Grace Grace presented the school with the Prince Albert Cup, which is awarded each year to the Queensland school attended by a Rhodes Scholar.

Mr English is a three-time dux of the college who graduated in 2011.

In 2016, Mr English completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (first-class honours) from the University of Queensland and received the University Medal in Law.

Recently, he completed a Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford and will return to the university in September to undertake a Doctorate of Philosophy in Law on the Rhodes Scholarship.

As a descendant of the Butchulla people of Fraser Island, he has also mentored Indigenous high school students and is an advocate for diversity in the legal profession.

He has worked as a Judges' Associate of the High Court of Australia and a solicitor with an international law firm.

He has also published several articles in English and Australian journals, including the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal and Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly.

Calvary Christian College principal and chief executiveCherylynne Gostelow said Mr English was a boundary-pusher.

"That's I think what you have to be if you want to think critically and deeply," she said.

"We know that in each of us there is unique talent and a special calling, and Jordan has found (that)."

Mr English said he was thankful for the opportunities he had received and encouraged current students to make the most of what they had been given.

"I have worked at one of Australia's largest largest law firms, worked for a judge in Australia's highest court, studied and taught at some of Australia's leading universities and now I get to study and teach at what is arguably one of the best universities in the world," he said.

"I have had a lot of opportunity but it hasn't always been this way.

"My father never went to high school and (when my grandmother was in school), the teacher made her sit at the back of the class and would refuse to let her answer any questions. She was denied the opportunities that I have been given simply because of the colour of her skin.

"I often wonder how their lives would have been different if they'd been given half the opportunities I've had."

He said everything he had achieved in his career so far had started at school.

"You can control what you do with your opportunities," he said.

Ms Grace said the Rhodes Scholarship was an extremely prestigious award and Mr English's success was an inspiration to Calvary students.

The Rhodes Scholarship was founded in 1902 and named after British businessman and mining magnate Cecil Rhodes.

Notable Rhodes Scholars include former prime ministers Bob Hawke, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbill, former US President Bill Clinton and astronomer Edwin Hubble.