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Appointment brings youth voice to VCAA

One of the most recent appointments to the VCAA Board is not someone you might at first expect. Aayushi Khillan completed her VCE at Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School only last year and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne. As one of three new board members, the 19-year-old will represent the perspective of students in advising on the content and direction of their education.

Ms Khillan was a member of the Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) Executive team in 2017–18. She won a Premier’s VCE Award for Psychology in 2019 and captained the school’s debating and public speaking team. As a recent VCE graduate, she is aware of the issues facing students both at school and in their transition to further education and work. She brings this perspective to the board through her involvement with youth in Victoria’s multicultural communities, tutoring disadvantaged students and an interest in cyber safety, health and wellbeing.

‘Ultimately, education is for students, so it makes sense that we have some kind of role in deciding what we learn,’ says Aayushi. ‘A youth voice on the board will help the VCAA to stay in touch with the pressures that young people face in a rapidly changing world.’

Two other important appointments have also been made to the VCAA Board, with Seir Holley and Catharine Hydon also joining as new members.

Catharine is a highly qualified early childhood professional with broad experience across a range of early childhood settings both in Australia and internationally. Seir is Assistant Principal at Keilor Heights Primary School and has significant experience in government primary schools. The VCAA Board is comprised of between eight and 15 members appointed by the Governor-in-Council following nomination by the Minister for Education.

VCAA Chair Chris Wardlaw said, ‘I welcome the three new appointees to the VCAA Board and look forward to working with them in the future.’