At the 2017 Premier’s VCE Awards, Luke Macaronas, St Kevin’s College, Toorak, was acknowledged as a VCE High Achiever. This award is presented to students who have achieved study scores of 46 or higher in at least five VCE studies. Thirty-two more students from Catholic schools received Study Awards at the presentation.
Five students from Catholic secondary schools in Melbourne achieved the top Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 99.95. A total of 36 perfect scores were earned in Victoria.
Parade College, Bundoora, student Callum Holmes also achieved a perfect ATAR score, as did Isabelle Zupan, dux of Genazzano College, Kew.
Two students from St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Tarneit, were finalists in the Centre for Multicultural Youth’s ‘MY Education Awards’ last month. Presented by Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino, the awards recognise outstanding contributions made by organisations, schools, students and out-of-school-hours learning support programs.
Fertilizer a ‘claymation’ short film by Alexia Tomasello and Roxanne Garzia of Loyola College, Watsonia, came third in the Secondary School category of the 2017 Sunshine Short Film Festival.
The Attack of the Pizza Monster by Kristian Ambrose of Loyola College (Watsonia) won the Best Student Game category of the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Awards presented SAE Creative Media Institute (Melbourne).
Daniel Fisher of Assumption College, Kilmore, was named a finalist in the Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year for 2017.
At Mackillop Catholic Regional College, Werribee, Major Terry Fulton and college principal, Rory Kennedyllege, presented Year 12 student Justyn Green with the Long Tan Award. The award recognised Justyn for his outstanding efforts in raising awareness of mental health issues and raising funds for headspace.
Sara Sona of St Dominic’s School, Broadmeadows, was the 2017 Junior Section (Years 5 and 6) winner of Australian Catholic’s Young Journalist Award. A refugee from Iraq, Sara wrote about how her family fled ISIS into Jordan, where she encountered her ‘justice heroes’, Caritas.
Student Thomas Bitmatta of St Monica’s College, Epping, won dual titles at the World Drone Championships in Indiana, USA.
Sienna Koop of St Louis de Montfort School, Aspendale, was declared Junior Lord Mayor at a ceremony at Melbourne Town Hall on 24 August 2017.
Marcus Messner of Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Deepdene, is no stranger to the artistic spotlight. The Grade 6 student, who created the winning design for Melbourne’s 180th birthday card in 2015, also won the Safe Travel on Metro Trains poster competition. Marcus’ winning design depicts a train from the past with one of our modern trains, with the message that rail safety never goes out of date.
Former student of St Kevin’s College, Toorak, Luke Macaronas took out the prestigious international public speaking competition. In 2016 (while completing Year 12), he won the Plain English Speaking competition for Victoria and then Australia.
At a ceremony held at Parliament House, Ziyu (Mike) Chen of Whitefriars College, Donvale, was awarded the Year 12 Sports Achievement Award in the prestigious Victorian International School Student Awards.
Justin Mitchell of St Kevin’s College, Toorak, combined his interests in music and engineering to take out first place in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards. Justin’s invention was a tiny keyboard incorporated in the pockets of a hoodie for the wearer to create music anywhere.
Viewed by over 1,000 people, including school groups and the general public, this year’s Visual Arts Exhibition came to a close with a joyful awards ceremony, celebrating the diverse artistic talents of Catholic students from across the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
At the St Patrick’s Centre, East Melbourne, Archbishop Denis Hart heaped praised upon the achievements of four young people from secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne when presenting them with the Father James Wall Bursary:
- Nicole Nabbout, Mercy College (Coburg)
- Gabrielle Hurrel, Catholic Ladies College (Eltham)
- Sophie Chan, Our Lady of Sion College (Box Hill)
- Kathleene Mendoza, Catholic Regional College (St Albans)