VCE Leadership Awards

The VCE Leadership Awards recognise the efforts of VCE students in promoting leadership and participation in their school and local community.

VCE Leadership students demonstrate initiative, inspire others, work well in a team, and are committed to making a difference. Nominees may participate in activities associated with the arts, sport, debating and public speaking. They may campaign for social justice, environmental protection and/or fundraising.

The VCE Leadership Awards are open to government, Catholic and independent school students. Mature age students are also encouraged to apply for these awards.

The VCE Leader of the Year was announced at a ceremony in late November. The VCE Leader and finalists received a certificate, an engraved trophy and prizes. The finalists were also profiled in the VCAA Bulletin and featured on the VCAA website.

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The 2017 VCE Leadership Award winners

A group of VCE leadership finalists

Back row (L-R): Anna Van Vliet, David Trevorrow, Henry Wu
Front row (L-R): Tabitha Anderson, Shadab Safa, Neha Salahuddin, Joe Collins

Victoria’s senior secondary leaders commended at ceremony

The State Library of Victoria played host to the celebration of nine outstanding senior secondary students on Monday 27 November at the 2017 Victorian Senior Secondary Leadership Awards. Ms Judith Graley, Parliamentary Secretary for Education, presented the Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Scholarships and the VCE Leadership awards alongside VCAA CEO Dr David Howes and Hana Williamson, daughter of the late Lynne Kosky.

The Lynne Kosky Memorial VCAL Scholarship recipients Patrick Cole (Chisholm Institute of TAFE) and Jack Lee (Bayside P-12 College) were recognised for their significant contributions to their schools, organisations and communities. The scholarship, first presented in 2015, provides students with financial assistance of $5000 per year for up to five years while engaged in education and training. The scholarships honour former Victorian Education Minister Lynne Kosky's advocacy for quality education and are designed to give recipients the best opportunity to succeed in their studies, regardless of economic, family or social circumstances.

Joe Collins

Joe Collins, VCE Leader of the Year 2017

Joe Collins (Tyrrell College) was awarded VCE Leader of the Year. Joe is from Sea Lake, Victoria, a small town in the heart of Australia's wheat belt on the southern shores of Lake Tyrrell in the Mallee. Community vibrancy and sustainability are at the heart of Joe’s focus, and have given direction to the many practical community projects pursued through his role as Vice President of the Woomelang and District Development Association. As a Rural Youth Ambassador for the Country Education Partnership (CEP) Program, he focused on improving educational opportunities for his peers, in particular, raising public and political awareness of the unique challenges that impact the learning of young people in rural Victoria. Joe hopes that his leadership will encourage future young leaders in his community. ‘I hope it inspires the younger generation to step up and contribute to our town’s future’, he said.

Six other 2017 VCE Leadership Award recipients were recognised at the ceremony: Anna Van Vliet, Woodleigh School; David Trevorrow, Braybrook College; Henry Wu, Camberwell Grammar School; Neha Salahuddin, Mount Waverley Secondary College; Shadab Safa, Cranbourne Secondary College and Tabitha Anderson, Epping Secondary College.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Ms Graley commended all the award recipients for their commitment to making a change in their schools and local communities. She complimented the students for standing out in a field of very high quality applications. ‘This year, we again have an incredible array of VCE leaders who have worked to champion causes that matter to them, and to other young people’, she said.

Parliamentary Secretary Judith with Jack, Patrick and Hana

L to R: Ms Judith Graley, Jack Lee, Patrick Cole, Hana Williamson


How to apply

Find out how to apply for your chance to be a VCE Leadership Award recipient.

Past winners

Read about past VCE Leaders.