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Premier’s Awards recognise four students for their outstanding VCE achievements


Congratulations to Catherine McAuley College students and graduates Kate Boon, Luke Harris, Matthew McDonald and Lileigh Rivett who have received Premier’s VCE Awards.

These awards recognise students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). On Monday 3 June 2019, in front of more than 1000 guests, 290 award recipients were presented with Premier’s VCE Awards for their exceptional study outcomes in 2018. The Awards are the highest honour that students can receive in individual subjects in the VCE system, so it is a testament to the talents and efforts of all involved.

It is always impressive when a student receives a Premier’s Award, so to have four students in one year is an outstanding achievement.

The Study Award recipients were:

  • Kate Boon, VCE VET Allied Health (Year 11, 2018), taught by Mrs Aleisha Gill
  • Luke Harris, Computing: Software Development (Year 12, 2018), taught by Mr Darren Scott
  • Matthew McDonald, Drama (Year 12, 2018), taught by Mrs Lisa Darlow
  • Lileigh Rivett, VCE VET Allied Health (Year 11, 2018), taught by Mrs Aleisha Gill

Click here to read the teachers’ reflections on their students’ achievements.

The College is enormously proud of these students for being amongst the top of the state in their subject areas. We congratulate these students, their teachers and their families for their ongoing dedication.

Matthew McDonald and Luke Harris graduated last year as Dux and Dux Proximus of our College with perfect study scores of 50 in these subjects, contributing to their excellent Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks (ATAR).

It is especially impressive to see Kate Boon and Lileigh Rivett receiving Premier’s Awards for their VCE studies undertaken in Year 11. The Allied Health area is a major focus of the College’s development. 2018 was the first year with graduates from this subject and we are delighted to see the course take off so strongly.

Mr Matthew Angove, Director of Learning & Teaching – St Mary’s Campus

Minister for Education James Merlino MP with Kate Boon
James Merlino MP with Luke Harris
James Merlino MP with Matthew McDonald
James Merlino MP with Lileigh Rivett