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Students celebrated in Premier’s awards
Two Wimmera students are among Victorian youth celebrated for their outstanding academic achievements during annual Premier’s VCE Awards.
Nathan Rokebrand, Horsham Holy Trinity Lutheran College, collected a Premier’s Study Award after recording a perfect study score of 50 for health and human development in 2020.
Murtoa’s Monique Gellatly, who attends Ballarat and Clarendon College, collected a Study Award for her efforts in Health – VCE VET. She also achieved a study score of 50. Students must have a study score of 46 or above to be eligible for an award and individual graded assessment scores are used to determine the best students.
Nathan, 17, decided to study VCE health and human development on advice of a teacher.
“We got to the end of year nine and I was doing accelerated maths. The plan was to accelerate methods, so I did methods in year 11,” he said.
“One of the teachers was like, ‘Why don’t you accelerate two subjects?’ and I was like, ‘Why not? Sounds fun’.”
Nathan is completing year 12 and plans to pursue a mechanical engineering degree, potentially in Adelaide, after graduation.
He paid tribute to his health and human development teacher, Matthew Mcloughlin, who put in ‘countless hours, many late nights and early mornings preparing lessons, marking practice tasks and SACS’.
“He put massive amounts of time and energy into every single student, and I think such amazing results in his first year of teaching that subject at VCE level is a true credit to him,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without him.” Nathan also congratulated his classmates on their efforts, with two-thirds of the class achieving study scores in the 40s.
“Shachi Bhutani received a 42, Alex Salter received a 45 and Emily Polack received a 48,” he said.
“The hard work of my classmates is a credit to them and the support and motivation I received from them was a large factor in my results.”
Mr Mcloughlin said Nathan was a dedicated student who took all feedback on board.
“As a teacher I’m certainly very proud of him for his achievements,” he said.
Mr Mcloughlin said Nathan was one of 14,500-odd Victorian students who completed health and human development in 2020.
“Nathan was one of a small percentage to get a 50, which is a perfect study score. Out of that 14,500 students, only six students were recognised with Premier’s Awards,” he said.
“It’s fantastic to see you don’t have to be in a metro school or a massive school to be good at what you do. You just have to have a positive work ethic and seek feedback and seek to improve at every opportunity you can.
“That’s what Nathan embodies and he deserves the accolades he’s going to receive.”
Monique, 18, was one of four students, all from Ballarat and Clarendon College, to receive a Study Award for Health – VCE VET.
“I knew I’d done well but I didn’t know I was going to win this award,” she said.
“It symbolises all the hard work I did last year and it’s a good achievement.”
Monique, who is also in year 12, said her final year of schooling was going well despite challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Remote learning is quite disruptive but it’s definitely better than last year,” she said.
Monique plans to study physiotherapy at university next year.
A total of 297 Victorian students received 323 awards across 90 subjects, including 297 Study Awards, 23 Top All-round VCE High Achiever
Awards and three Top International Student Awards.
The recipients were announced online after the award ceremony in Melbourne was cancelled due to a COVID-19 lockdown.
Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford congratulated Nathan and Monique on their achievements.
“Their success is a credit to not only their hard work and abilities, but also to the support of family, friends and our school community,” she said.