Commitment drives high school students to early uni study

Terra Sancta & Wyndham College Students
Fifteen students from Wyndham College and Terra Sancta College celebrated university study achievements during an awards ceremony at the UWS Blacktown Campus on Wednesday, 30th April 2014.

The ceremony marked the success of students who have finished a UWS course unit as part of a special program for the schools at the Nirimba Education Precinct.

The students did impressively, with seven high distinctions and five distinctions.  Each student will receive a pre-HSC offer later this year into a UWS course for which they are eligible.  Higher-level results will give students a wider choice of courses.

Students who received distinctions or high distinctions will benefit from the extra rewards the program offers including:
• $500 study grant to help with their HSC year.
• The offer of a conditional Academic Excellence Scholarship of $5,000 per year for up to four years of study at UWS.
• Results in university units to be taken into account should students apply for alternative entry into UWS in future years.  

The students complete their units with the UWS pathways college, UWSC, which has its main base at the precinct. “We are proud to be able to offer these talented high school students pre-HSC offers which should take a bit of pressure off them during year 12,” says Anne McLean, Manager Schools Engagement at UWS.

“Students will hopefully be in a more relaxed frame of mind when they sit their exams, knowing a place at UWS is assured, and this should help them to do their best.  I’m sure though that this group of students would do well regardless, as they have managed to finish a UWS unit while still at school and gained excellent results.” 

“The two schools are great partners and make sure their students have every chance to succeed.  We are looking forward to congratulating these high-achievers and meeting their families on Wednesday,” she said.

The list of students who have successfully completed a UWS unit are:
Terra Sancta Students

Terra Sancta College Students
• Edrian Acosta
• Jamie Brooks
• James Delfino
• Treeni Fernando
• Timothy Lao
• Rebecca Walden

Wyndham College Students

Wyndham College Students
• Sam El-Kamand
• Aaron Gutugutuwai
• Jessi Hunt
• Bhawantha Jayawardena
• Mackenzie Lawrence
• Georgina Lord
• Erin Meier
• Elliot Roynan
• Ryan Vincent

Speakers at the ceremony were the UWS Pro Vice-Chancellor, Students and International, Mr Angelo Kourtis,  the Principals from Terra Sancta College and Wyndham College, the Director, Education Partnerships UWS & Dean & CEO UWSCollege Dr Kerry Hudson, and a student from each school.

The Nirimba Precinct partnership is part of the University of Western Sydney’s Schools Engagement Program which provides primary and high school students with opportunities to not only improve their academic performance, but also expand their horizons.

1 May 2014
Photos By: Nicholas Smith 

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