Stu­dents in a class of their own

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

PERTH Modern School and Swan Val­ley Angli­can Com­mu­nity School graduates have won WA sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion’s top hon­our for achiev­ing the high­est results in 2018.

Pooja Ramesh (18) (pic­tured right) and Jess Hay­don (17) were awarded Bea­z­ley Medals by WA Gov­er­nor Kim Bea­z­ley and Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Sue Ellery at Kings Park last month.

Pooja achieved the high­est WA Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion marks across five ATAR cour­ses, while Jess took out the top Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing award (VET) based on his strong per­for­mance in a VET pro­gram.

She also won a gen­eral ex­hi­bi­tion, sub­ject ex­hi­bi­tion and sub­ject cer­tifi­cate of ex­cel­lence for eco­nom­ics, a sub­ject cer­tifi­cate of ex­cel­lence for lit­er­a­ture and math­e­mat­ics meth­ods, and a cer­tifi­cate of dis­tinc­tion.

Pooja said her “un­be­liev­able” win had not sunk in yet.

“I never re­ally thought I could achieve it,” she said.

“It means that I have achieved what I re­ally wanted to set out to do this year which was re­ally just en­joy my sub­jects, do them jus­tice and just make the most of this year.”

Her fu­ture goals were to become a pae­di­a­tri­cian and join the Medecins Sans Fron­tieres (Doc­tors With­out Borders)

Fol­low­ing Jess’s in­tern­ship at con­struc­tion com­pany Ertech, he won a VET ex­hi­bi­tion and VET cer­tifi­cate of ex­cel­lence for con­struc­tion in­dus­tries.

He also com­pleted a cer­tifi­cate II in en­gi­neer­ing path­ways, civil con­struc­tion and vis­ual arts.

He said while the award was un­ex­pected, it showed that his hard work over the past two years had paid off.

“It shows that peo­ple be­lieve in my as­pi­ra­tions. It just gives me a big boost of con­fi­dence to go far in the fu­ture,” he said.

“I’m ac­tu­ally em­ployed by Ertech at the mo­ment and I am shoot­ing up to Bar­row Is­land next Mon­day, which is a pretty big ex­pe­ri­ence com­ing straight out of high school.

For a com­plete list of the award win­ners, visit

Pic­ture Andrew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d489146

Kwinana drone pho­tog­ra­pher Nick Raf­ferty won the best pic­ture com­pe­ti­tion for the 2019 Mos­man Park cal­en­dar.

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