Public school students scoop peak education awards

  • ​Beazley Medals won by students from Perth Modern School and WA College of Agriculture – Cunderdin
  • Awards include 50 General Exhibitions and 41 Subject Exhibitions
  • The 2021 Beazley Medallists, both from Western Australian public schools, have been announced today by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery.

    The presentation to the State’s top two students was held this morning at Government House, hosted by the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia in the presence of their families and school representatives.

    Lawrence Nheu, a student from Perth Modern School ,and Charlotte Crossen, who attended the WA College of Agriculture – Cunderdin, were awarded the State’s peak education awards.

    Lawrence won the Beazley Medal: WA Certificate of Education for the highest examination marks across five ATAR courses in Year 12.

    Charlotte has been awarded the Beazley Medal: Vocational Education and Training (VET) based on her outstanding Year 12 performance in a VET program.

    Lawrence has also won a General Exhibition, Subject Exhibition and Subject Certificate of Excellence: Economics, Subject Exhibition and Subject Certificate of Excellence: Physics, Subject Certificate of Excellence: Mathematics Specialist and a Certificate of Distinction.

    Lawrence received ‘A’ grades across all of his Year 11 and 12 courses and was Dux of his school. He is looking forward to studying Medicine this year.

    Charlotte also received a VET Exhibition and VET Certificate of Excellence: Primary, Environmental and Animal Care, a Certificate of Merit, and achieved a Certificate II and III in Agriculture, a Certificate III in Pork Production, a Certificate III in Advanced Wool Handling, together with a number of other qualifications.

    Her broad range of VET skills will support her plans of continuing with her VET studies and longer term, exploring opportunities in the agriculture industry. She also completed four ATAR courses and may continue on to university in the future to study Agribusiness.

    The Beazley Medal is named after the Governor’s father, Kim Edward Beazley, a former teacher and Federal Minister for Education.

    In total, 3,941 awards were won in 2021, including 50 General Exhibitions and 41 Subject Exhibitions.

    The schools with the highest number of General Exhibition winners were Perth Modern School (12) and Christ Church Grammar School (5).

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    As stated by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

    “Charlotte and Lawrence have very bright futures ahead of them and I congratulate them on their outstanding achievement.

    “Previous Beazley Medal winners have achieved great success and I am sure receiving this award will open up many opportunities.”

    As stated by the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia:

    “The winners can both be very proud that their hard work and commitment to their studies has provided such a wonderful result.

    “I congratulate all of today’s award winners and the whole 2021 Year 12 cohort for their efforts and would like to also acknowledge the support of families, friends, teachers and school staff.”

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