Daniel Passante, a Year 6 student at St Louis de Montfort’s School in Aspendale, was elected junior mayor for the City of Kingston for a period of 12 months. He defeated other candidates with his speech about making Kingston even more environmentally sustainable and his desire to have every household use compost bins.
In congratulating Daniel, St Louis de Montfort principal, Tom Lindeman, said the school prided itself on its Student Leadership Program, Take Action Make Difference.
‘We believe this initiative has supported the development of strong student leadership at St Louis and has been instrumental in our school producing students with outstanding leadership qualities’, said Mr Lindeman.
Victorian Season of Excellence
Forty-five VCE students from 22 Catholic secondary colleges in the Archdiocese of Melbourne had work from 2012 selected for exhibition in the Victorian Season of Excellence. This involved nine students in Top Arts, two in Top Screen, one each in Top Class – Sound and Top Class – Dance, six in Top Class – Music Performance, four each in Top Class – Drama and Top Class – Theatre Studies, and 18 in Top Designs. The Top Arts exhibition was held at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and the Top Designs exhibition at the Melbourne Museum. Top Acts, which presents a selection of performers from across the Top Class concert series, was held at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank.
Premier's VCE Awards
Forty-nine students from Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne received a Premier’s VCE Award (including four Top All-Round High Achievers) on Wednesday 5 June. Mengtong Xia, Loreto Mandeville Hall in Toorak, received two Premier’s VCE Awards for her studies in 2012: the prestigious Top All-Round High Achiever Award, and a Study Award for Specialist Mathematics. Liam Brennan, of St Joseph’s College, Newtown, was honoured at the 2013 Premier’s VCE Awards for excellence in Music (VCE VET).
Little Archibald Awards
Damon Tendeson, a Year 4 student at St Macartan’s School in Mornington, and Nicholas O’Neill from Padua College, Mornington, both won prizes in the ‘Little Archibald’ competition at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. Damon’s work was awarded first prize in the Year 4–6 category and Nicholas’s work was awarded second prize in the Years 7–10 category.
Victorian Secondary Philosothon
Natalie Scordel from Star of the Sea College, Brighton, was awarded the prize for 2013 Female Philosopher at the Victorian Secondary Philosothon in October. A team of nine students in Years 8–11 at Star of the Sea competed in the Philosothon: Hannah and Jess from Year 8, Siena and Natalie from Year 9, Ella, Bridie and Georgia from Year 10, and Carol and Adelaide from Year 11. These nine were selected from 15 deep-thinking students who had been meeting since Term 1, 2013 for philosophical discussions in a ‘community of inquiry’.
Plain English Speaking Award
Sean Hollis, a Year 11 student at St Bede’s College, Mentone, was the winner of the 2013 Victorian State finals of the Plain English Speaking Award. Sean’s prepared six-minute talk was on the theme of racism. He discussed racism as a serious issue in Australia, to some extent built on the racism of the past, but which did not have to shape the future of Australian society. Sean’s prizes included a personal trophy, a school trophy, a book voucher for $150 and a trip to Alice Springs in August 2013 to represent Victoria in the national finals.
VCAL Apprentice-Trainee Award
Caitlin Wood, from Catholic Ladies’ College in Eltham, received a School-based Apprentice-Trainee Award for her achievements in 2012. Caitlin did VCAL because she wanted to do hairdressing and VCAL enabled her to combine studies in a way that gave her a ‘huge head start’ on her career. The VCAL units developed a range of life and employability skills and included room for practical work-related experience. Her part-time job at Hair by Ciccone quickly became a school-based Apprenticeship, which included 23 hours at the salon per week and TAFE every Wednesday.
Athlete Development Scholarships
St Columba’s College Year 12 students Stephanie Dore and Sophie Wathen received Athlete Development Scholarships from training facility Earth Sky Sea in recognition of their sporting excellence. Equestrian vaulter Stephanie dreams of competing for Australia in the World Equestrian Games in 2018. Sophie, a lightweight rower, came first at the Head of the School Girls regatta in March 2013 and also picked up two gold medals at the 2013 State Championships. Both girls trained seven days a week on top of their VCE studies.
Science Talent Search
Roisin Selvarajoo and Sinead Coulter from Avila College in Mount Waverley gained major prizes of a gold medal and a bursary in the Victorian state-wide Science Talent Search competition. Roisin’s experimental research was on ‘cupcakes cooked with different flours’ and Sinead’s research focused on the ‘effects of background music in memory’. Two Year 8 students, Zoe Evans and Emma Spencer, were awarded minor bursaries for their innovative projects about shielding metals from magnets and the effects of permeates on everyday uses of milk.
Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Award
Danielle La Macchia, a student at Catholic Regional College Sydenham, received the Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Award for Wearable Art in October 2013. She won a scholarship to the Whitehouse Institute of Design for a course of her choice, a $600 Myer gift voucher and another $100 gift voucher. In addition, Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Awards offered Danielle an internship to train in events management.
VCE Leadership Awards
Lucas Zugaro from Parade College, Bundoora, received the overall VCE Leadership Award for 2013. The award recognised Lucas’s leadership and participation in his school and local community in initiatives such as the Parade College ‘Brekkie Van’, the college’s Community Action Program, community work in Nepal, and the Annual Christmas Party for the Elderly. He was also a Social Justice Prefect in 2013.
Stephanie Limm from Sacred Heart College, Kyneton, was also selected as a VCE Leader. An important focus of Stephanie’s leadership was the mental health and wellbeing of senior students, developing a resource, A Student’s Guide to Staying Sane in VCE, containing study tips, ways of relieving stress, and information on nutrition and exercise. In 2013 Stephanie was the Sacred Heart Student Representative Council President.
Father Wall Bursary Awards
Winners of the 2013 Father James Wall Bursary were: Wendell Baluyut, Catholic Regional College Caroline Springs; Mary O'Callaghan, Sacred Heart College, Newtown; Sophia Elliott, Avila College, Mt Waverley; and Zach Dettmann, Sacred Heart College, Kyneton. The Father James Wall Bursary is awarded annually to four Year 10 students in Catholic secondary schools who demonstrate leadership potential in a range of areas. The $3,000 bursary is sponsored by Catholic Development Fund to assist with school fees and other expenses.
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