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Excellence and awards

A young man wearing a singlet and shorts performing an athletic dance move on stage.

Top Class Dance 2023, Braelan Newman, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Southbank, Wurundjeri Country


The VCE Season of Excellence showcases exemplary works by 2023 VCE and VCE VET students from across the performing arts, technology, design, visual arts and research studies. Presented in venues across Melbourne, the VCE Season of Excellence exhibits students’ vibrant scope of work within the VCE and VCE VET Curricula.

In 2024, the VCE Season of Excellence Top Class events will travel to Regional Victoria, to the Gippsland Performing Arts Centre (GPAC), which is a new purpose-built, state-of-the-art venue in Traralgon. See Bulletin number 94 for more information. Tickets for these concerts are available on the GPAC website from Friday 23 February.

To receive updates about the VCE Season of Excellence via email, you can subscribe to Season Update.

This year’s line-up of works and performances are packed with talent and creativity. Follow the links for bookings and more information.

Top Talks
Friday 1 March
Go to State Library Victoria

Top Class Dance
Wednesday 6 March
Go to Melbourne Recital Centre

Top Class Drama and Theatre Studies
Friday 19 - Monday 22 April
Go to Melbourne Recital Centre

Top Screen
Monday 15 March - Wednesday 8 May
Go to ACMI

Top Arts
Sunday 14 March – Sunday 14 July
Go to NGV

Top Designs
Saturday 23 March – Sunday 14 July
Go to Melbourne Museum

Top Class Music
Wednesday 20 – Thursday 21 March
Go to Melbourne Recital Centre

Top Class Sound
Wednesday 27 March
Go to Darebin Arts Centre

Top Acts
Tuesday 28 May
Go to Melbourne Recital Centre

Top Scribe 2025 – another new offering within the VCE Season of Excellence

The VCAA is proud to announce Top Scribe 2025, a new program within the VCE Season of Excellence.

Top Scribe will celebrate original works by 2024 VCE Literature students from across Victoria who are undertaking the VCE or the VCE Vocational Major. Top Scribe 2025 will showcase innovative and experimental creative writing produced by VCE Literature students in their school-assessed course work.

Participating students undertaking Unit 4, Area of Study 1, will have their creative writing published in the inaugural Top Scribe 2025 publication, which will be printed and distributed to school libraries, to support and inspire emerging writers.

Applications will open on Monday 2 September 2024 on the VCE Season of Excellence webpage and close on Tuesday 22 October 2024. A panel will then read the submissions and make their selections, with successful applicants notified by mid-December.

Selected works must:

  • achieve an A+ or A on the School-assessed Task
  • be appropriate for publication and meet community standards
  • provide evidence of copyright clearance and/or citation for all non-original material used
  • be accompanied by an Authentication Record Form, signed by the student and their teacher.

For more information view the VCE Season of Excellence or contact the Festival and Events Teams at

One VCE teacher’s journey to becoming an assessor

Kate loves teaching VCE studies and in her other role contributes to our education system as a VCE assessor.

‘I knew I wanted to be an assessor after my first year of teaching Year 12. I felt that I needed to know how an exam was assessed so I could use that knowledge to better prepare my students. The journey to becoming an assessor has been rewarding and the best way I know to evolve into a better teacher’.

‘Becoming an assessor had its challenges at first though’, Kate admitted, ‘but I got faster with time and experience. I want everyone to know that the marking program is easy to use, and online marking is super simple’.

For teachers who might be thinking about becoming assessors, Kate says it’s a no brainer. ’100 percent. Just do it! It’s the best personal development you’ll ever do.

Kate emphasised the camaraderie and fun experiences that come with working with other assessors.

‘I get to meet a lot of new people and I have become close friends with several of them. There’s a sense that we’re all in it together, we’re in the same boat – no assessor is ever alone’.

Be like Kate and become an assessor for VCE external assessments…

Applications to be an assessor or lead assessor for the 2024 VCE external assessments, including the General Achievement Test (GAT), are now open. Find out more at Become a VCE Assessor and Why become a VCE Assessor.