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MWLP Finalists to be congratulated and commended

Photo by: Photographic Memory ( had received word from our Work Placement provider (MWLP) that 12 students have been nominated for the ‘Work Placement Student of the Year’ for Work Placement undertaken during 2018. Some 500 hosts were asked to nominate their best students (from 6,000 candidates-10% of the State) and the results were outstanding!

Congratulations and well done to each of the following 12 students (8 are SCCVC students, 4 are external students undertaking courses with us):

  • Thomas Barone for Automotive
  • Charbel Ishak for Automotive
  • Renee Hourani for Business Services
  • Gaius Commons for Entertainment
  • Kelsey Commons for Entertainment
  • Christopher Diep for Entertainment
  • Sarah Dunne for Entertainment
  • Justin Mozinho-Toni for Human Services
  • Megan Nguyen for Human Services
  • Xueyi Zhang for Human Services
  • Danielle Marchese for Retail Services
  • Danielle Millar for Retail Services

Overall, of the 39 finalists, 21 were from Catholic Schools.

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Entertainment Industry
Dual winners: Gaius Commons and Kelsey Commons – Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, pictured with Principal Patrick O’Reilly.

So it was the impressive young men and women progressed to the finals and Award presentation on March 27. And we great pride we convey that: Entertainment Industry
Dual winners: Gaius Commons and Kelsey Commons – Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College

Human Services
Winner: Megan Nguyen – Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College (external student from Bethlehem College)

MWLP Work Placement Student of the Year:
Kelsey Commons – Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College.

Every finalist is to be congratulated and commended. To highlight Kelsey’s achievement, Kelsey was nominated not once, but three times across two different frameworks – Hospitality and Entertainment Industry.

Peter Cassidy, Head Chef at Glass Brasserie Hilton Hotel said “Kelsey was a great student. She showed real enthusiasm and fit into the team well. We offered her an apprenticeship but she wanted to continue her studies.” Both Horizon Theatre Company and 32 Hundred Lighting thought Kelsey was exceptional.

Thanh Tran from 32 Hundred Lighting said “Her enthusiasm was outstanding and she had a great understanding of the business and spent her time wisely. She was really keen to learn from all the staff and was clearly one of the best students we have ever had.”
Outstanding work Kelsey-heartiest congratulations and well done to you, Gaius, Megan, all winners and finalists.


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