Narre Warren South electorate education achievements

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — It is always a delight to meet with our best and brightest young talent. At the recent Premier’s VCE Awards 289 students were recognised for their extraordinary achievements, including 5 students from our local Nossal High School. Casey Do was the Top All-Round High Achiever, achieving brilliant results in six year 12 subjects and attaining an Australian tertiary admission rank of 99.75. She is now studying biomedicine at the University of Melbourne. The other outstanding award recipients from Nossal High School were Nelson Phan, Diba Rezazadah, Larissa Schulz and Amy Shao. Well done to each and every student on their VCE achievements, and I wish them well in their next exciting learning journey.

Just a few weeks ago I hosted an afternoon tea at Parliament House for past recipients of the Denese Bartlett Scholarship from Narre Warren South P–12 College. The scholarship is in honour of Denese Bartlett, a local mother who, whilst fighting cancer, led the campaign for the establishment of Narre Warren South P–12 College. I was so impressed to see how far Shabeena Izzedeen, Emma Liebe and Rachel Fischer have all come since they received my award. We really enjoyed catching up again. I have no doubt that these extraordinary young women will continue to excel and inspire us all as they become future leaders within our community.

They will be leaders just like our hardworking local teachers who were recently honoured at the Recognition of Service to Victorian Education awards. Awards were presented to Jennifer Reid, Robert Pitts, Josef Douglas and David Finnerty, the principal of Hampton Park Secondary College who was recognised for his 45 years of service. I thank and pay tribute to these extraordinary teachers who have taught, inspired and changed the lives of countless young people. They are real champions of public education.

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