The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) Achievement Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of young people who have participated in and completed a VCAL qualification. 

15 students were recognised for their achievements and excellence in Applied Learning out of the 26 000 students enrolled in VCAL in 2020. 

We are proud to announce that Year 12 student from the class of 2020, Ella Brebner was awarded the VCAL Student Achievement Award in the category of Senior Work Related Skills. 

A presentation ceremony was held at Deakin Edge, Federation Square where Ella was awarded her certificate by The Honourable James Merlino, Deputy Premier of Victoria. In his message to the recipients, Deputy Premier Merlino acknowledged ‘the challenges all students faced during the unprecedented year, particularly its impact on practical hands-on learning, …it required extraordinary commitment and patience. I commend you for your enthusiasm and resilience throughout that difficult year’. 

Whilst undertaking VCAL, Ella completed a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance. She also completed work placement at Good Start Early Learning and The Royal Women’s Hospital.  

Since graduating from St Columba’s College, Ella has been successful in securing an ongoing position at The Royal Women’s Hospital and was accepted into a Diploma of Nursing at Australian Catholic University. 

St Columba’s College would like to congratulate Ella on her outstanding achievement. She is a glowing example of the many benefits of VCAL and the pathways it can offer young people.