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VCAL Awards celebrate hands-on student achievement

group photo of all the vcal award winners

Many of Victoria's best and brightest students were recognised at the VCAL 2016 Achievement Awards that took place at the Deakin Edge, Federation Square, on Friday 26 May 2017.

Parliamentary Secretary for Education Ms Judith Graley MP commended the award winners for their enthusiasm, commitment and diligence, and for the great example they provide for others. The winners included:

  • Seth Denny of Lilydale Heights College who won both the Senior Work-Related Skills Award and the School-based Apprentice/Trainee Award for his leadership in initiating a project to grow vegetables and herbs at the College, and for his work as a school-based apprentice.
  • Chelsea Chatfield of Stawell Secondary College who received the Koori Student Achievement Award for her commitment and vision in planning and implementing a range of projects aimed at Closing the Gap for Indigenous Education.
  • Brenton Cutler of Education Centre Gippsland College who won the Senior Outstanding Achievement Award for his leadership role in the classroom, organising a visiting program at an aged-care facility and achieving the Bronze level Duke of Edinburgh's International Award.

Teachers were also recognised, with Narelle Bean of Manor Lakes P–12 College taking out the VCAL Teacher of the Year Award for developing and delivering initiatives aimed at equipping students with essential workplace skills. Narre Warren South P–12 College received the VCAL Chair's Award for its exemplary VCAL program and its tireless work to ensure that students are given every chance to make successful pathways into work or further education and training.

Parliamentary Secretary for Education Ms Judith Graley MP and VCAL Unit manager Adam Whitbread congratulate award recipient Katelyn Grande

Parliamentary Secretary for Education Ms Judith Graley MP and VCAL Unit manager Adam Whitbread congratulate award recipient Katelyn Grande

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.

Between its introduction in 2002 and 2016, VCAL enrolments increased from 545 to 23,436 with 448 providers, including schools, TAFE institutes and adult and community education centres.

The VCAA congratulates all of the VCAL 2016 Achievement Award winners.

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