Celebrating VCAL excellence
The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Achievement Awards were held at Deakin Edge, Fed Square on Monday 29 April 2019. The awards celebrate the achievements of outstanding students who have completed a VCAL qualification and acknowledge VCAL teachers and community partners for their contribution to the delivery of VCAL programs.
The Hon James Merlino, Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, said that VCAL ‘provides innovative ways to encourage the spark in young people to achieve their goals and dreams’.
Dr David Howes, Chief Executive Officer, VCAA noted the extraordinary diversity of awards with the common themes of excellence in academic achievement, leadership and community engagement.
The VCAL Achievement Award winners included:
- Lachlan Essing (Easter Ranges School, Ferntree Gully) for his Youth Homelessness Project, in which he led a fundraising team and helped organise a city experience camp to increase awareness of homelessness
- Rebekah Lear (Goroke P–12 College), who organised a local event to help demystify mental health issues affecting rural communities
- Hamid Arjomandi Lari, Georgia Hewitt and Stephanie Whitty (Doncaster Secondary College) for their Personal Development Skills project, which raised funds for New South Wales farmers affected by drought.
VCAL Outstanding Achievement Award winner Ashlee Fisher addressed the audience on behalf of the award recipients. She gave an insight into her journey through secondary school, in which she overcame her insecurities and went on to play an integral role in several VCAL projects. Ashlee thanked her teachers for their support and encouragement. ‘This is one of the first times I have been proud of myself,’ she said.
Melanie Brooks from Lakeview Senior College was recognised as VCAL Teacher of the Year for her innovative and effective approach to teaching VCAL Business students.
VCAA Chair, Chris Wardlaw, presented Lorne P–12 College the VCAA Chairs Award in recognition of the school’s outstanding contribution to delivering the VCAL program through meaningful projects in collaboration with the local community and beyond.
The VCAA congratulates all the VCAL Achievement Awards winners.