4th August 2015

Australian Vocational Student Prize

The recipients of the 2014 Australian Vocational Student Prize were announced on 28 July with two Nagle College students listed amongst the 68 recipients in Victoria. Congratulations to 2014 Year 12 students Brendan Sonka and Jessica Woodward on their success in winning this prestigious award.

The Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP) recognises students who have demonstrated outstanding skills while completing vocational training in senior secondary years. The AVSP promotes the value of gaining vocational skills while at school and acknowledges that vocational education prepares students for further training and employment. Both Brendan and Jessica were nominated for this award by the Applied Learning Co-ordinator at Nagle College, who believed that both these young people had demonstrated their dedication to their VET studies over the two years of the Certificate course.

Brendan completed the Certificate II in VET Engineering along with his VCE studies and was nominated for his commitment to academic excellence. Brendan had achieved a study score of 43 for Engineering Studies (VCE, VET) whilst in Year 11. His commitment to his VCE studies in combination with meeting the requirements of the VET program did not waver. Keen to undertake a career in Engineering, Brendan stayed focussed and on task to achieve his goals.

Jessica completed the Certificate III in VET Sport and Recreation as part of her VCE program. Jessica’s nomination reflected her outstanding achievements within the Community Service component of her VET Course. As a member of the Lakes Entrance Surf Life Saving Club, Jessica demonstrated her commitment to her local community whilst staying focussed on her VCE studies. Jessica also achieved a Study Score of 40 for VET Sport and Recreation which she completed in Year 11, and gained a score of 42 in Year 12 for VCE Food and Technology. Jessica was also the recipient of the 2014 VCE Food and Technology Award.

As recipients of the AVSP, Brendan and Jessica will receive $1000 and a Certificate. The certificate was accompanied by a letter of congratulations from Senator the Honourable Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training and Minister for South Australia. In this letter he states: “Your achievements are valued by your school, parents, employers and community and are a great example to others”.

The Applied Learning aspect of the curriculum at Nagle College continues to provide quality educational and training opportunities in state of the art facilities. The VCAL Program is focussed on gaining vocational skills and qualifications for students who want to progress directly into the workforce or to undertake further training. However, many students completing their VCE studies also take on a Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate to enhance their learning and gain vocational skills whilst still at school. Brendan and Jessica are two such students who have benefitted from the broad pathway options provided at Nagle College.