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Outstanding Rachael is at top of her class

By Kyabram Free Press

ONE committed Year 12 St Augustine’s student has been busy in town, helping various community groups and her school.

And now she has been recognised for her outstanding work.

Rachael Matthews won the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) 2017 Achievement Award for Intermediate Outstanding Achievement.

The awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of young people who undertake and complete the VCAL qualification and Rachael’s award means she is the number one VCAL Intermediate student in the state.

From work placement at Warramunda and testing her skills in dental care through to her work in the community — she excelled at whatever task was thrown at her.

She was the junior vice president of the Kyabram Theatre Group as well as being a member of the Kyabram Show Committee, the Kyabram Rodeo Committee and the Kyabram Entertainment Committee.

Then, she took on a leading role in a VCAL project within the college’s Trade Training Centre to build welding bays, install air conditioners and obtain quotes for curtains and blinds.

And if that wasn’t enough, there is her involvement in cooking projects, catering for several staff functions and two whole-school events, including the college ball and running the college coffee spot, St Caffeine’s.

St Augustine’s Mary Livingston said through Rachael’s VCAL class subjects, work placement and community projects she has developed high-level leadership and social skills.

“The college is extremely proud of Rachael, she has a mature understanding of the importance of community engagement and civic and civil responsibility enabling her to focus on the best outcome for the group,” Ms Livingston said.

“The college’s VCAL program has a set of ambitious targets to drive improved outcomes and works to provide our VCAL students with the knowledge, capabilities and attributes that will see them thrive throughout their lives.

“Rachael has certainly shown these qualities and is a great role model for the youth of our community, she has a strong ability to work within teams and ensure group cohesion by using mediation and compromise as well as displaying high-level skills in problem solving, comprehension, research, planning and organisation.”

Rachael received her award at an official ceremony held on April 27 at Federation Square, Melbourne.

“She’s is a very deserving state winner and we are very excited to see where her Year 12 studies take her,” Ms Livingston said.