Students from Warrnambool, Hamilton, Portland and Colac VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) courses were presented with their awards in class this week to mark the completion of their studies for 2020.
Angus Rogers was named Colac’s Senior VCAL Student of the Year. His teachers said he always showed great respect to his fellow classmates and demonstrated resilience and responsibility during remote learning.
Dylan Turnbull was named Foundation VCAL Student of the Year, while Kiara Burnet was named Intermediate VCAL Student of the Year.
South West TAFE VCAL Senior Educator Rodney Symons said the celebration was all about recognising the efforts the students have put in throughout the entire year.
“It was unfortunate that we weren’t able to hold a large event with the students and their families and friends like we have in previous years but we felt it was more important than ever to highlight the great achievements of our students this year,” he said.
“It’s been a challenging year for everyone but we’ve had high enrolments, our courses are growing and our students have achieved outstanding results. We want to celebrate all of that,” he said.
South West TAFE Executive Manager of Education Louise Cameron said it was wonderful to see the organisation’s VCAL students achieving success.
“It is really important to have an alternative option such as VCAL to allow students to have the opportunity to complete their high school education.
“South West TAFE offers a range of courses that provide the skills, knowledge and confidence for students to gain employment.
“Students who study at TAFE and go on