Victorian Young Achiever Awards Gala - Friday May 6
Our Indigenous students were finalists in the Victorian Government Group Achievement in the Community Award category at the highly prestigious Victorian Young Achiever Awards Gala held at Docklands on Friday May 6. Our finalist position was in recognition of our students who come together to reunite with their heritage and culture through artworks and events. The group have been commissioned to create three community murals reflecting their personal journey and culture.
Mitchell Allen of Year 9, attended as our student representative and was supported by his parents, grandmother, Hans Gregory and myself. There were 11 award categories each with three or four finalists. The other finalists in our category were the Unite Alliance Program (the winner) and Victorian Student Representative Council; both are long standing, established groups. Mitchell proudly accepted our finalists’ certificate from the Victorian Youth Affairs Minister, Jenny Mikakos.
Congratulations to all our indigenous students who were involved in the cultural and community projects that led them to be nominated by our art teacher and student manager Sarah Perry, then shortlisted as finalists.
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“The night was great. Victorian Young Achievers Award event was a lot bigger than I first expected. There were 500 guests in total and I felt honoured to be one of them. The venue was very flash and posh and made you feel very important. We did really well to make it so far especially looking at the other nominees and seeing the great work they had done. So I'd like to say a huge congratulations to the Whittlesea Secondary College indigenous group and I felt very proud to be your representative.”- Mitchell Allen, Year 9 Student
Helen Heaney & Hans Gregory