Premier's VCE Awards

Rewarding top performing students for their outstanding academic achievements in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).​​​​

2018 Premier’s VCE Awards

The annual Premier’s VCE Awards were presented on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

More than 1100 guests attended the prestigious award ceremony, where Victoria’s top-performing VCE students from 2017 were recognised for their outstanding academic results.

A total of 302 awards were presented to 274 students, with a number of students receiving more than one award. These awards included 276 Study Awards for achievement in a single subject and three Top International Student awards.

Twenty-three students were also recognised as Top All-Round VCE High Achievers for demonstrating excellence in at least five VCE subjects.

For a complete list of the Premier's VCE Awards recipients, see: Award recipients

Videos of VCE student award winners

The reflections of these students about their VCE journey and their advice to those now undertaking VCE studies were captured in two short videos.

Video 1: The journey

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Annie Yu – I didn't have an aim for, to achieve a particular score, I think all I wanted to do was to enjoy year 12. Because people say that year 12 is meant to be the best year of your life.

Karla Murphy – I guess just to like, still be really passionate about everything by the end of the year and not be really sick of all of my subjects, and just learning and doing work. I hope, I was hoping to still be interested in learning.

Emma Barham – I actually really love exams, I love like the adrenaline, and like you've done all the work and then it's just about showing them how much you know. And yeah I love exams, it's weird.

Matthew Cheah – Well the first exam was English, so that was terrible

Emma Barham – when you're challenged the most you grow the most, and you can almost feel yourself growing in an intellectual level as well as like on a personal level.

Karla Murphy – I felt like, just the second after like I finished my final exam, everything, it was just a complete release of everything and I didn't really feel stressed at all afterwards.

Annie Yu – When I got my VCE result I was actually in New Zealand, and so me and my mum and my sister were just sitting in bed and keep refreshing the laptop, and suddenly the result just popped up and I was like "Wow!"

Callum Holmes – But yeah, the moment I saw it I was kind of like "Woo hoo!" jumping for joy and the rest of it, much to the distaste of my neighbours who unfortunately got woken up by the screaming. But yeah, that's not a memory that will go away any time soon.

Anand Bharadwaj – I think the main emotion when I actually received my results on, I think it was the 15th of December last year was relief (holds sign that reads relieved)

Karla Murphy – Happy, just as simple as that. I just felt happy (holds sign that reads happy
: ) )

Callum Holmes – I was, I was surprised, um only because I didn't expect that I could actually achieve it (holds sign that reads Surprised)
Emma Barham – (holds sign that reads elated)

Annie Yu – I think the best advice I got from one of my teachers was to not look at my grades as a number or rank, but instead to see it as a reflection of how much I've already learned, how much I already know and how much more I still need to learn.
This is how I felt, yep (holds sign that reads Shock!!)

Emma Barham – it's something I've lived by for the last couple of years, I've always lived by the mantra that hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard enough.

Anand Bharadwaj– It's not about the number of practice exams you do, or the quantity and the volume of the revision notes you make, but it's about what you do with them and how well you understand the content

Matthew Cheah – Learn more than you have to, just learn what you want to learn and then the marks will follow. I was very surprised when I won this award. To be honest, I'm still, I'm still processing it.

Anand Bharadwaj – Oh it means a lot, I think its fantastic recognition of the hard work that not only me but so many talented people around the state have put in over the years.

Annie Yu – When I saw the email saying that I got this Premier's VCE Award I was over the moon. I was like "wow", because I wasn't really expecting one and it was just such a good recognition of all the hard work that I had put in last year

Signs on the floor read, Surprised, happy : ) , SHOCKED, Shock!! Elated, PROUD, relieved, shocked, PLEASANTLY SURPRISED

Video 2: The memories

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Video 2: Top All-Round VCE High Achievers recall their favourite VCE memories
Charlotte Holland – I would have to say that my favourite VCE subject was French.

Anna Sing – It was actually Biology

Albert Shen – Biology

Yishi Huang – EAL

Jerry Luo – My favourite subject definitely by far Literature

Charlotte Holland – It didn’t really feel like a subject at all, it was just kind of something that was fun to practice, it didn’t feel like study.

Yishi Huang – and it’s like carving a sculpture, bit by bit, and when you can eventually finish the work you get a really great sense of satisfaction.

Jerry Luo – It was just such an enjoyable experience to really discuss, like those really unanswerable questions with my classmates and with teachers.

Anna Sing – I actually didn’t have a favourite teacher at school. I love all of them for different reasons.

Jerry Luo – I don’t think I’d be able to pick one. Really all of them are really my favourite teachers.

Albert Shen – if I were to pick a favourite, it would have to still be my biology teacher. She sort of you know take time out of her holidays, take time out of her weekends to sort of help us. Um so yeah, she was really, really dedicated to her job.

Yishi Huang – And it’s her words that keep me going, and motivated me to um try my best and strive for improvements. Without her I probably wouldn’t have been able to sit here.

Charlotte Holland – So Mozz is a very quirky but lovely man. He wears a different tie every day, some funky tie. He was just so passionate about the subject and it made me love it even though I used to hate essays. (Holds up a sign that reads “Dear Mozz, Thanks for putting up with my thousand questions and for instilling your love of words in me”)

Roshica Ponnanpalam – Okay, dear Mr Boyle, it is impossible to forget a teacher like you. For the impression you made on my schooling experience is undeniable, So from the bottom of my heart “thank you”, sincerely Roshica.

Sheil Bhatia – it’s my economics teacher, Mark Kaderle. Absolute legend. Every student he taught he left an impact on. He was just incredible in every way.

Anna Sing – Some of my favourite things about my school…

Jerry Luo – Ohh, ahhh…

Charlotte Holland – I loved the sense of community at my school.

Anna Sing – My favourite things about my school were the little things, not really any big events but how the teachers interacted with me, how I grew quite to be quite close working with them and also all my friends; that friendships are maintained for my lifetime.

Annie Yu – To be honest in like 10 years or 20 years, I probably won’t remember all those maths formulas that I learned, but those values such as sincerity, generosity, they will gradually become a part of my life.

Charlotte Holland – School’s really turned me into the person that I am today in the sense of being curious, ah I’d say conscientious and fun loving. I think all those things come from my ability to mix with my peers at school.

Albert Shen – All the comradery between students. How we all sort of worked together, studied together and just pushed each other along.

Jerry Luo – I will definitely cherish those friendships, which will probably last for a very long time as well.

Contact

For queries relating to the presentation ceremony of the Premier’s VCE Awards please contact:

Major Events Branch
Communications Division 
Department of Education and Training
Email:  vce.awards@edumail.vic.gov.au
Phone: (03) 9637 3919 or 9637 3145

For all other queries relating to the Premier’s VCE Awards please contact:

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Email: vcaa@edumail.vic.gov.au
Phone: (03) 9032 1700 or 1800 134 197