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Current recipients

Current recipients of the VCAL Achievement Awards

VCAL Award Winners with their award certificates and trophies posing for a group photo  


Many of Victoria's best and brightest students were recognised at the VCAL Achievement Awards that took place at the Deakin Edge, Federation Square, on Monday 29 April 2019.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino MP commended the award winners for their enthusiasm, commitment and diligence, and for the great example they provide for others.

Student Awards


Outstanding Achievement – Lachlan Essing, Eastern Ranges School


Outstanding Achievement – Elaya Carbone, Monbulk College

Personal Development Skills – Mimi French-Wright, Buckley Park College

Work Related Skills – Sarah Meakin, Wantirna College

Team Achievement – Hamid Arjomandi Lari, Georgia Hewitt and Stephanie Whitty, Doncaster Secondary College


Outstanding Achievement – Ashlee Fisher, Cranbourne East Secondary College

Outstanding Achievement – Dana Yap, John Paul College

Personal Development Skills – Rebekah Lear, Goroke P-12 College

Work Related Skills – Bradlee Simons , Peter Lalor Vocational College

Team Achievement – Brandon Stoll, Liaqat Ahmadi, Taylah Cavanagh, Loughlin Long, Steven Mark and Joshua Ringrose, Shepparton High School

School-based Apprentice/Trainee 

Shalyn Carney, The Grange P-12 College

Koorie Student Achievement 

Kobi Dunn, Wodonga Senior Secondary College


Teacher Awards

Integrated Program – Melanie Brooks, Lakeview Senior College

Integrated Program – Kerryn Katal, Assumption College, Kilmore

Program Development – Don Elliott, Holmesglen Vocational College

Team Teaching – Hannah Studd and Denise Walker, Mackillop Specialist School Geelong

VCAL Teacher of the Year – Melanie Brooks, Lakeview Senior College


Partner Awards

Workplace Learning - Trade Training centre and Catholic Regional College Sydenham

VCAL Partnerships - Cardinia Catchment Landcare Group and Alkira Secondary College

VCAL Partnerships - WestVic Staffing Solutions, AME Systems and Ararat College

VCAL Partnerships - Victorian Miniature Railway, Harcourt Lions Club and Castlemaine Secondary College


VCAA Chair's Award 

Lorne P-12 College

VCAL is a hands-on senior secondary certificate of education that provides students with practical work-related experience, and develops literacy, numeracy, and personal skills. The certificate is a pathway to many careers and educational opportunities. VCAL students have gone on to start small businesses, change careers or pursue further study at a TAFE or university.

The VCAA congratulates all of the VCAL Achievement Award winners from the 2019 ceremony.

View VCAL Achievement Awards Student Speech