The celebration of our Year 12 students was revered on Friday 12 November among family, friends, industry partners, and sponsors at the Class of 2021 Graduation & Awards Dinner, held at Sfera’s Park Suites & Convention Centre.
It was a night of glitz and glamour with the annual event recognising and celebrating our graduating students, their achievements, and successes.
Students were presented their graduating certificates, and Major Awards presented by our sponsors, for outstanding achievements of individual students and apprentices, as part of the College’s Awards Program.
The St Patrick’s Technical College Awards Program is valued over $10,000 and we thank our Award Sponsors for their generosity and support of this wonderful event and of our students.
Thank you to our 2021 Awards Sponsors:
ADF LONG TAN AWARD was presented by the Australian Government in conjunction with the Australian Defence Force. Since 2006, a student in every High School in Australia has been presented with this award. The award is to recognise and encourage senior students to actively participate in the life of their schools and wider communities.
Caitlyn Watson was the recipient of this year’s award for leadership and teamwork and was presented by the College’s Chairperson of the Board, Pat Bosco.
The Long Tan Award encourages the development of behaviours and attributes considered critical in Australia’s leaders of tomorrow. The award recognises demonstrated leadership and teamwork, display of strong values, such as doing one’s best, respect for others and “mateship” – values considered integral to both the ADF and Australian society.
ADF FUTURE INNOVATORS AWARD was presented to Information Technology student Jaxon Wallace. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) Future Innovators Award was introduced to recognise Australian students’ science, mathematics, engineering and technology abilities and encourage the continued development of these skills.
THE COLLEGE SPIRIT AWARD recognises a student of the College who has been generous in serving the needs of others and who has always acted as a role model for other students. Caitlyn Watson was the recipient of this award and was presented by Wendy Burford from Totally Workwear Salisbury.
THE PRINCIPAL’S AWARD – STUDENT OF THE YEAR is presented to the student who the Principal, after consultation with other staff, considers to be the College’s most outstanding campus–based student. It recognises a student who has demonstrated outstanding academic and trade training performance as well as an unwavering commitment to achieving their goals and their SACE. Most importantly they exemplify the values of the College.
The 2020 Principal’s Award for the Student of the Year was Austin Kember and was presented by Belinda Kent from Mas Experience.
The major award of the night, THE MAX DAVIDS AWARD – APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR, is awarded each year in memory of Max Davids who passed away in 2013. This award is named in recognition of the significant contribution made by Max in the founding and development of the College. In important ways Max is regarded as the ‘Godfather’ of our school.
For the first time, The Max Davids Award was presented to two St Patrick’s Technical College students.
Congratulations to Riley Read, the first recipient of the 2021 award, and thank you to Award Sponsor MEGT Australia for your generous support. The award was presented by Rose Caon.
Congratulations to Samuel Ivanoff, the second recipient of the 2021 award, and thank you to Award Sponsor North East Vocational College for your generous support. The award was presented by Adam Wiles.
The evening concluded with a look back over the graduates’ journey at St Patrick’s Technical College in a photographic retrospective and finally with graduates departing the event for the commencement of their next chapter of their story.
Construction Student of the Year – Samuel Gourlay
Construction Apprentice of the Year – Oliver Warley
Plumbing Student of the Year – Jonah Ownsworth
Plumbing Apprentice of the Year – Dylan Grech
Food & Hospitality Student of the Year – Matthew Knudson
Hair & Beauty Student of the Year – Acasia Campion
Automotive Student of the Year – Austin Kember
Automotive Apprentice of the Year – Dylan Jones
Electrotechnology Student of the Year – Lachlan Hale
Electrotechnology Apprentice of the Year – Jaxon Wallace
Information Technology Student of the Year – James Mashford
Metals & Engineering Student of the Year – Kaleb McKenzie
Metals & Engineering Apprentice of the Year – Riley Read