In 2018, Archbishop Denis Hart presented the Fr James Wall Bursary to the following outstanding Year 10 students from Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne:
- Nathan Fox (St Joseph’s College, Newtown)
- Himash Wijesekera (Mazenod College, Mulgrave)
- Madeleine Crothers (St Ignatius College Geelong, Drysdale)
- Jordan Whitty (Parade College, Bundoora).
Sponsored by the Catholic Development Fund, the bursary assists with school fees and other expenses accrued as part of Year 11 and 12 studies.
Sara Hinton, student at Ave Maria College, Aberfeldie, was the Victorian winner of the Simpson Prize for 2018. A national competition for Year 9 and 10 students, the Simpson Prize encourages participants to explore the significance of the Anzac experience and what it has meant for Australia.
Kate Napper, Molly O’Neill and Gabrielle Sims from Sacred Heart College, Newtown, were presented with the Senior Team Achievement Award for creating ‘Little Boxes of Hope’, which brought comfort and support to young people experiencing mental illness in the Geelong region.
Liam Gray from Loyola College, Watsonia, was presented with the School-based Apprentice/Trainee Award in recognition of balancing the commitments of school, TAFE and the workplace. He undertook the senior VCAL certificate while working as a school-based apprentice diesel mechanic and studying a Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology.
In 2018, five students from schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne were recognised as Top All-Round VCE High Achievers:
- Emma Barham (Genazzano FCJ College, Kew)
- Callum Holmes (Parade College, Bundoora)
- Bronte Robinson (Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak)
- Albert Shen (St Kevin’s College, Toorak)
- Annie Yu (Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak).
This award is presented to students who have achieved study scores of 46 or higher in at least five VCE studies. Study Awards were also received by 23 students from Melbourne Catholic schools.
Samuel Roach of St Kevin’s College, Toorak, was chosen as the Victorian winner of the 2018 Plain English Speaking Award (PESA) and went on to compete in the national final on 12 August in Darwin.
Students Julie and Delvana from Catholic Regional College, St Albans, created winning designs in a statewide t-shirt competition to support Homelessness Week. The winning t-shirts were exhibited at the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre in Carlton.
Grade 6 student Chloe Amalfi from Genazzano FCJ College, Kew, was titled Melbourne’s Junior Lord Mayor in 2018, following in the footsteps of a long line of students from Melbourne Catholic schools to take on the role.
Grade 6 student Sapphire Khodr from St Catherine’s School, Moorabbin, was named an Indigenous Literacy Student Ambassador – one of only 10 in Australia – after raising almost $1,500 to support Indigenous literacy projects.
Joseph Yugumbari of St Kevin’s College, Toorak, was a finalist in the 2018 VCE Leadership Awards, which recognise the active participation and contribution of outstanding VCE students in their schools and in the community.
Megan Grimshaw of Genazzano FCJ College, Kew, was awarded the inaugural VCE Product Design Student Award in the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Design Awards for her garment ‘Reinventing Plastic Waste’.
Milagros Vargas of Avila College, Mount Waverley, participated in the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award program where she was runner-up in the Victorian State Final, later progressing to the National Final held in Sydney.
Students Paris, Ross and Natalia from St Monica’s College, Epping, won the Australian-International Model Solar Challenge in 2018 with their solar-powered boat. The event was held at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.