VCE Season of Excellence 2018 

VCE Season of Excellence Awards

VCAA Board Appreciation Award

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Still from ‘Life That Glows’ by Briellen Ramsay (Galen Catholic College), recipient of the VCAA Board Appreciation Award for Top Arts 2017

The VCAA Board Appreciation Award was established in 2015 to acknowledge and celebrate the talent, hard work and dedication of VCE students whose work has been included in exhibitions during the VCE Season of Excellence. The Board awards a prize to one Top Designs exhibitor and one Top Arts exhibitor, with both winners receiving a certificate and $1000 to put towards their continued education and exploration of their chosen fields. The Board views the exhibitions in April each year and the winner is decided by a vote.

In 2017 the VCAA Board Appreciation Award for Top Designs was awarded to VCE Visual Communication Design student Simon Han (Huntingtower) for his work Cloud Forest Model and Wayfinding Solutions. The award for Top Arts was awarded to VCE Studio Arts student Briellen Ramsay (Galen Catholic College) for her animation work Life That Glows.

Top Screen People’s Choice Award

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Top Screen 2017 People’s Choice Award Winner Tessa Himpoo (Lauriston Girls’ School)

The Top Screen People’s Choice Award awards the filmmaker with the highest number of audience votes and the two runners up with generous prize packs from Madman Entertainment, who has sponsored the award since 2015. Audience members receive a voting card with their program and are encouraged to select their favourite film after each screening. The People’s Choice Award celebrates and encourages the hard work of Top Screen filmmakers, and commends their ability to connect to audiences.

In 2017, the Top Screen People’s Choice Award was awarded to Tessa Himpoo from Lauriston Girls’ College for her comedic film [Insert Child’s Name Here]. Awards were also presented to the two runners up, namely Tom Hughes from Northcote High School for his film Proof or (The Tale of the Legendary Big Shrimp), and Ben Head from Kardinia International College for his film Quiet.

Deans Art Prizes

The annual Deans Art prizes award budding designers on exhibit at the Top Designs exhibition a certificate of achievement and $200 voucher to put towards future creative endeavours.

In 2017, the Deans Art prizes were awarded to five talented Top Designers across the categories sustainability, community values, innovative use of resources, original thought, and research and development. The prizes were presented by Deans Art representative Daniella Scaramuzzino.

2017 Recipients of Deans Art Prizes

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Zachary Taylor with Deans Art representative Daniella Scaramuzzino

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Carys Norwood with Deans Art representative Daniella Scaramuzzino

Jack Lumb, St Michael’s Grammar School
Lumeco Recycled Pendant Light

Community Values
Zachary Taylor, MacKillop Catholic Regional College
Be a Man

Innovative Use of Resources
Carys Norwood, Eltham High School
Reversible Photographer’s Poncho

Original Thought
Sophie Pinnuck, Genazzano F.C.J. College
Farm to Fashion

Research and Development
Xavier Roberts, Templestowe College
Score Scroll

Creative Museums Program

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2017 inaugural Creative Museums Program Recipients with Museums Victoria CEO Lynley Marshall (pictured centre) (L-R) Rupa Anurendra, Riley Clarke, Michaella Ballas, Robert Clarke, Xavier Roberts and Mariah Kehaidis

The Creative Museums Program, introduced in 2017 through collaboration between the VCAA and Museums Victoria, is a seven-day immersive experience where students will undertake professional development and career education within the extraordinary Melbourne Museum. The program is led by their award-winning design, exhibition, education and digital teams, and aims to foster and inspire young Victorians who have a passion for design to further develop their creativity within the multifaceted world of a creative museum. Students whose work had been selected for Top Designs are invited to apply for the program, and a panel consisting of Museum Victoria and VCAA staff select the recipients.

In 2017, students Rupa Anurendra, Michaella Ballas, Riley Clarke, Robert Clarke, Mariah Kehaidis and Xavier Roberts were selected as the inaugural recipients of the Creative Museums Program, develop their creative talents. These young designers will work in areas that include Exhibitions and Built Environments, Digital Interactives and Online Systems, and Visual Communication and Product Design. Participants will build upon their knowledge and take away valuable skills that they can use in further study and employment.

Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarships

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Recipients of the 2017 Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarships for performance, Kye Yim Loh (left) and Timothy Huddleston (right) with trustee Fiona Cochrane

The Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship was established in 2006 by the family of the late Margaret Schofield. The award is open to students who have completed their VCE at a government secondary school and provides assistance to the recipients to pursue further studies in music performance and composition. Margaret Schofield was one of Australia's leading pianists. Her distinguished career included performances as a soloist, accompanist and actively teaching the piano for almost 60 years.

Margaret Schofield's life and career are recognised through this scholarship which has been established by her family in recognition of her achievements and commitment to the provision of educational opportunities for all. The scholarship is open to students who have completed their VCE at a government secondary school and provides assistance in funding ongoing music study at a tertiary institution.

In 2017, the Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarships in the Performance category were awarded to VCE Music Performance students Timothy Huddleston (Lilydale High School) and Kye Yim Loh (Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School). The scholarship for Composition was awarded to VCE VET Music student Jack Stacey (Distance Education Centre Victoria/Ballarat High School).

View more information about the Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarships

Top Arts Macquarie Group People’s Choice Awards

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Top Arts Macquarie Group People’s Choice Awards winning work, ‘Unnatural’ by Rukaya Salum Ali-Springle (Swinburne Senior Secondary College)

As Principal Partner of Top Arts, Macquarie Group presents cash prizes to the artists of the three most popular pieces in the exhibition.

In 2017, Rukaya Salum Ali-Springle (Swinburne Senior Secondary College) took away first prize in the People's Choice Award. Her work Unnatural tackles the underrepresentation of people of colour in the media and the dominance of western beauty ideals.

Runners-up in the Macquarie Group People's Choice Award were Melissa Vanderend (Donvale Christian College), for her work Continuum, and Alice Sien (Box Hill High School) for her work Conception, respectively.

The Macquarie Group Collection Prize recognises one artist whose work best represents the Macquarie Collection theme ‘the land and its psyche’. This year's prize was awarded to Oscar Manning (St Kevin's College) for his impressive type C photograph Outback Graveyard.