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    Student Awards 

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    See also:

    CEOM and General Awards
    School Awards
    Teacher Awards 

    Catholic schools feature in Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC prize


    Three students from Catholic secondary schools in Melbourne were among the 12 recipients of the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize for 2013–14:

    • Claire Fitzgerald from Clonard College, Geelong West
    • Michael Manoussakis from Marymede Catholic College in South Morang
    • Samuel Penfold from St Kevin’s College, Toorak.

    The prize included an overseas study tour of World War I battlefield sites including Gallipoli, the Western Front and Lemnos in Greece.

    Claire Fitzgerald with then-Premier Denis Napthine 

    Fr James Wall Bursary Awards 2013

    The 2013 Father James Wall Bursary Leadership Achievement Awards were presented on 18 March 2014:

    • Wendell Baluyut from Catholic Regional College Caroline Springs, Caroline Springs
    • Zach Dettmann from Sacred Heart College, Kyneton
    • Sophia Elliott from Avila College, Mount Waverley
    • Mary O’Callaghan from Sacred Heart College, Geelong.

    (L–R) Stephen Elder, Zach Dettmann, Mary O'Callaghan, Archbishop Hart, Wendell Baluyut, Sophia Elliott, and General Manager of CDF, John Hurren. 

    Organised by the Catholic Development Fund (CDF) and the CEOM, the awards are named for Fr James Wall, who established the CDF in the 1950s. The awards recognise Year 10 students in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the school and the community in a range of areas, including involvement in social justice and community service, and a commitment to making a difference. Each recipient receives a $3,000 bursary to assist with school fees and other expenses.

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    Pierre de Coubertin Awards


    Twenty-four students from Catholic colleges in the Archdiocese of Melbourne received Pierre de Coubertin awards on 18 May 2014. 

    Named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games, the Pierre de Coubertin Awards recognise senior secondary school students who demonstrate values consistent with the Olympic Movement through participation in sporting activities. 

    The citations for the winning students are available on the website of the Victorian Olympic Council (VOC).

    Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation Scholarship Award

    Annika Miesen, Catholic Regional College Melton Co-Captain in 2013, was awarded a Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation (MSRF) scholarship valued at $15,000 per year for three years.

    Annika demonstrated outstanding leadership at the college and in the community, and a commitment to helping others such as mentoring young people and volunteering to help local and international causes. At the same time she achieved excellent academic results and success in sport and dance.


    Top Screen Award

    Patrick Verlin, 2013 VCE student at St Kevin’s College, Toorak, received the inaugural Top Screen People’s Choice Award for his film, Jenna Farkas. Patrick completed his media studies at Box Hill Institute. Top Screen is part of the VCE Season of Excellence. Patrick’s film is influenced by gangster films in the style of Tarantino and Underbelly and was very popular with viewers. 

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    Plain English Speaking Award State Winner

    James Macaronas from St Kevin’s College, Toorak, won the Victorian Final of the Plain English Speaking Award (PESA) on 25 July 2014. James was one of six Victorian finalists, including Sean Hollis from St Bede’s College, Mentone, who won the competition in 2013. 

    James’ eight-minute prepared speech was on the topic of ‘Freedom of Speech’. He explored in a witty and engaging way how he was both constrained by and free in the language, and expectations, of speech-making. ‘It was clever, not convoluted, and entertaining, not confounding,’ said one member of the audience. All finalists presented an impromptu speech of three minutes, with four minutes to prepare, on the topic ‘It’s a jungle out there’.


    Winning Logo for One Team, One Goal Competition


    Samantha Wainwright, a Year 10 student at MacKillop Catholic Regional College in Werribee, won the secondary school section of the One Team, One Goal – Celebrating Diversity Competition. Samantha’s logo has been printed on limited edition AFL Sherrin footballs.

    She receives a $5,000 grant for her college to run activities which build intercultural understanding; a football clinic with an AFL Australia Post Multicultural Ambassador; 50 tickets to an AFL match during Multicultural Round; and 10 limited edition One Team, One Goal Sherrin footballs.

    Stella Maris Student is Melbourne’s New Junior Lord Mayor

    Ebony Chiazor, aged 11, of Stella Maris School, Point Cook, was selected as the 2014 Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne. As Junior Lord Mayor of Melbourne she joined Lord Mayor Robert Doyle on Melbourne Day, Saturday 30 August 2014, to raise the City of Melbourne’s flag at Enterprize Park.

    The judges were challenged by the outstanding presentations by all students and congratulated all the students for their presentations, public speaking skills and natural approach to responses.

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    Student Wins Melbourne Birthday Card Competition

    Amy Barnett, aged nine years, won the design competition for this year’s Melbourne Day birthday card and hat. Amy is a student at Our Holy Redeemer School in Surrey Hills. Her design was included in the official Melbourne Day program, as a pull-out. The birthday card and a hat using the design can be downloaded from the Melbourne Day website.

    Catholic School Students to Join ANZAC Day Gallipoli Tour

    Twelve secondary students in the Archdiocese of Melbourne were selected to participate in the 2015 Anzac Day Gallipoli tour. The tour is part of the commemorations to mark 100 years since the start of World War I, and in 2015, 100 years since the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Anzac Cove. The students are: Michaela Bugara (Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy), Florence McKay (Assumption College, Kilmore), Anei Thou (Christian Brothers’ College, St Kilda East), Callum O’Shannessy (De La Salle College, Malvern), Erin Donoghue (Genazzano FCJ College, Kew), James Manoussakis (Marymede Catholic College, South Morang), Hannah Layzell (Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, Bentleigh), Laura Edwards (Sacred Heart College, Kyneton), Sarah Kenworthy (Sacred Heart College, Newtown), Patrick Kennedy (St Bernard’s College, Essendon), Serena Jaeggi (Star of the Sea College, Brighton), and Xavier Busuttil-Crellin (John Paul College, Frankston).


    Loreto Student Wins Young Writers Award


    Tess McLinden, a Year 12 student at Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak, was awarded the prestigious Young Australian Writer of the Year Award for her short story entitled The Waiting Game.

    The competition is run through the Australian Children’s Literary Board to encourage, recognise and promote the literary excellence of young Australian writers.


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    Prime Minister’s
    NAIDOC Week Medal


    Jack Barns, a Prep student at St Stephen’s School, Reservoir East, received a Prime Minister’s medal in the NAIDOC Week School Initiatives colouring competition.

    He was one of only 20 winners in each state out of over 60,000 entrants across Australia.

    Jack with NAIDOC Executive Director, Dylan Williams 


    Victorian Training Awards

    Caitlin Maher from Assumption College, Kilmore, won the Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award. Caitlin undertook a school-based apprenticeship in aged care as a step along the road to a Bachelor of Nursing. Caitlin works part-time providing care and support to the residents at Blue Cross Willowmeade.

    VCAL Awards


    Lauren Parkinson with the Hon.
    Minister Dixon.

    The 2013 Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Achievement Awards were announced on 19 June 2014 by the Minister for Education, the Hon. Martin Dixon.

    Lauren Parkinson, 2013 student at Assumption College, Kilmore, received a Student Achievement Award for VCAL School-based Apprentice/Trainee. Lauren won the top 4 Trainee in Aged Care award at the annual industry awards ceremony.

    Melinda Burchall, from Aquinas College, Ringwood, received a VCAL Student Achievement Award – Intermediate, for Personal Development Skills. Melinda worked one day a week at Interchange in Ferntree Gully, a facility that caters for people with special needs.

    Keely Barrett, Rahel Berhane, Sara Blake, Paris Boyle, Antoinette De Luise, Katia Materazzo, Chloe Prestopino, Ajda Sara and Steffanie Zagon, from St Columba’s College, Essendon, received the VCAL Student Achievement Award – Senior Team Achievement.

    The VCAL class of 10 students was given the task of developing an engaging and innovative way to promote VCAL within the college and the wider community. They created a short film that outlined the benefits of VCAL and why students chose VCAL as their senior pathway.

    For a full list of winners see the website of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

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