Student Success Celebrated at the 2017 Premier’s VCE Awards

Hundreds of students have celebrated their successes and shared their inspired education journeys and dreams for the future at the annual Premier’s VCE Awards.

The prestigious awards ceremony, attended by 1100 guests, saw Education Minister James Merlino present 320 awards to 287 students.

Awards included the Top Three International students and 25 recipients of the Top All-Round VCE High Achiever Award for scores of 46 or higher (out of 50) in at least five VCE subjects.

Two videos at the ceremony captured the reflections and aspirations of this year’s Top All Round VCE High Achievers.

Cherie Han from Haileybury Girls College spoke passionately about the inspiring teachers that shaped her positive experience at school.

'That energy is infectious. It makes students want to do well and to do their subjects justice. It inspires us to do the best we can do,' Cherie said.

John Firth, Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority said the Premier’s VCE Awards showcased the Victorian Government’s vision for the Education State.

'The awards demonstrate the outstanding results that come from engaged and diligent students who receive quality learning opportunities and the support of excellent teachers to reach their potential,' John said.

The awards are a time of firsts and amazing stories. Parkdale Secondary College celebrated its first Top All Round VCE High Achiever in Vanessa Hynes, while Box Hill High School’s Michael Zhao – just 15 years old – received a Study Award for Algorithmics (Higher Education Scored Study).

Australia’s national debating champion, Luke Macaronas from St Kevin’s College, who won both the VCAA’s Victorian Plain English Speaking Award and the Australian Plain English Speaking Award  was also among the day’s success stories. Luke will shortly travel to the United Kingdom to represent Australia in an international public speaking competition.

For a full list of award recipients, see: Premier’s VCE Award