Narre Warren South P-12 College: student achievements

Congratulations to the staff and students at Narre Warren South P-12 College on their outstanding VCE (Victorian certificate of education) and VCAL (Victorian certificate of applied learning) results. Narre Warren South achieved a median score of 31, which made it the 36th highest performing government school in the VCE. Narre Warren South topped the state in VCAL, with a 100 per cent pass rate.

These fantastic results are at least in part due to the hard work and dedication of the staff and teachers at the college. Teachers are most ably led by principal Rob Casamento and his enthusiastic deputy principals, Rob Duncan, Stephen Mahoney, Jenni Johnson, Paula Johnston and Mandee Strickland, who all go the extra yard for every student. They are driven by a determination to ensure that their students have all the opportunities to excel, regardless of their cultural or economic demographic.

Student Amy McMahon will be the first person in her family to go to university. Her dad brags that she is so smart — and she is.

The level of dedication of the staff and teachers at Narre Warren South is best summed up by Yousuf Karimi. He said:

When I finished here I said, ‘Thank God I studied at this school!’. This is a school I love. They helped us a lot, especially students from Afghanistan. Always when you asked for help they gave it to you.

Narre Warren South has won 10 major VCAL awards in the past five years. Unlike the terrific people at Narre Warren South, the Baillieu government is run by people who do not understand the value of public education. It is very important that the Minister for Education give our schools back their VCAL funding and again allow all young people every opportunity to gain a quality education. That would be the smart thing to do.