Commitment and drive is what these high school students have for study

Nirimba Graduation

Fifteen students from Wyndham and St John Paul II Catholic Colleges recently celebrated university study achievements at an awards ceremony at the University of Western Sydney, Blacktown Campus.

The ceremony will mark 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 distinction, six distinctions and two credits. 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 entry into UWS in future years.

The students complete their units within the UWS pathways college, UWSCollege, 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 in high 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," she said.
The students who have successfully completed a UWS unit are:

St John Paul II Catholic College: Ms Monique Borg, Ms Keeley Chidgey, Ms Megan Foong, Ms Alexandra Garcia and Ms Katarina Sepping.

St John Paul II
Wyndham College: Ms Sharmika Blackman, Ms Jade Brookland, Ms Erin Brown, Mr Kyle Butcher, Ms Emily Huang, Ms Rose Lewis, Ms Rosina Musumeci, Mr Fyzee Nauman, Ms Laura Radwill and Mr Benjamin Talintyre. 

 Wyndham College

Speaking at the ceremony will be Mr Luce Andrews, UWS, Program Manager, The Academy, the Principals from St John Paul II Catholic College and Wyndham College, Mr Alan Moran, Deputy Dean, UWSCollege, and a student from each school.
The ceremony will also include a presentation of the Nirimba Education Precinct TAFE Pathway Award by the Director Education, Building and Construction and Primary Industry, Western Sydney Institute of TAFE to a St John Paul II Catholic College graduate, Ms Samantha Power.
The Nirimba Precinct partnership is part of the University of Western Sydney's Schools Engagement Program that provides primary and high school students with opportunities to not only improve their academic performance, but also expand their horizons.
To find out more about the University's Schools Engagement programs visit:

22 June 2015
Media Contact: Tanya Patterson
Photos By: Anneke Janinski

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